Introduction: Jacob Gube
I am honored to have Jacob Gube, the founder of Six Revisions and Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, as our guest today. For those of you who don’t already know Jacob and Six Revisions, here’s the page to visit. In this interview, we are going to discover a little more about his background and gather his opinions in web host selections. I hope you will enjoy this Q&A session. Do stop by in the comment section and feel free to ask Jacob questions. :)
Q1: SixRevisions.com is one of the most popular web design and development blogs. How did it get started at first?
Six Revisions started as a personal side project in 2008. I started the site as a way for me to talk about the things I learned while building websites.
Q2: Where is SixRevisions.com hosted at this time and how long you have been with the host?
Six Revisions is on Linode. I’ve been with them since November 2012. For a few years prior to Linode, Six Revisions was hosted on Slicehost.
Q3: Are you happy with your current hosting provider? Please share with us your experience with Linode.
Yes, I’m quite happy with Linode performance-wise.
I have no production-related complaints. They have everything you’d expect from a good VPS service provider, and they’re generous with the resources they give their customers. I’ve tried many web hosting companies. Linode is definitely one of your top options right now.
Q4: What would be your advice for bloggers who are looking for a hosting service for the first time?
To make it easier on yourself, my advice for bloggers is to go one of two routes if you’re not a developer or web server administrator: Use a hosted platform and site like WordPress.com or Tumblr or use a high-quality shared hosting solution like MediaTemple or Bluehost.
For first-time site owners, the availability of live support a web host can provide you becomes the most crucial thing you need to take into consideration when you’re evaluating your options.
There are lots of options out there, but only a handful of them won’t give you a lot of headaches.
If you’re a developer or a tinkerer who’s very patient with the steep learning curve, going with a VPS or using AWS is the most cost-effective and one of the most fun things you can do.
Q5: What are some of the tools and apps you use regularly to manage SixRevisions.com?
I try to keep it simple. For domain emails, Google Apps. For web analytics, Google Analytics. The content management system Six Revisions uses is WordPress. The web server is Apache on Ubuntu.
I’m done. Is there anything you wish to add before we end this Q&A session?
Expect to try several web hosting solutions before you finally settle on the one that works for you. It might initially be frustrating to try and get a website up and running if you have no prior experience and when you’re doing it all by yourself, but it will also be extremely rewarding and fulfilling once your site is up after all your hard work.
Follow Jacob Gube on Twitter @SixRevisions.