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Nearly Free Speech Web Host – pay as you go web host offers innnovative scaleable hosting


Nearly Free Speech Web Host. Hmm…this pay as you go web hosting service looks very interesting. Following the pre-paid mobile phone model, you pay upfront for what you think you will need and they deduct fees monthly depending on your bandwidth and storage use.

The interesting part is there are no minimums, no monthly fees and no contracts. Start with a $0.25 cents down payment if you like (although we suspect you’ll run out of space and bandwidth pretty fast with that). The service also makes use of ‘load-adaptive clustering technology’, so apparently should be able to handle an occasional slashdot attack, although it’s still shared hosting, so don’t expect much long term love if you’re running a mega high traffic site with a full-on CPU sucking PHP application.

 What happens if my account runs completely out of funds? Your website will be automatically disabled. As soon as you add more, it’ll come back, but that can take 15-20 minutes and that often feels like the longest 15 minutes of your life, so we recommend using the account balance warning system to keep track of things before they go that far. If you don’t add more funds right away, your account will hang around for 30 days. You can add more funds at any point during that period and get it all back. After that, your account and sites will be permanently removed.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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