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Web Hosting Dramas

Posted by CameronW -

When most of us thinking of hosting our website, most of us wouldn’t have considered Google Cloud Platform as a viable choice - since we want cpanel, a manage platform - support and the ability to setup email and such.But in the days of gmail, the need of a domain hosted email address might not be so critical so having a domain and hosting - without the serious need of a IMAP/POP3 account for email makes life easier.I was in a situation, for myself I needed a good web hosting provider - cheap (up to $5/mo) and most importantly one that supported the new structure of Statamic 3 requiring the ability to change the public_html/ folder to public_html/public/ … Something that I’ve found basically no standard … affordable web hosting provider does! Even if you’re willing to pay up 10yrs hosting in advance!_So I was a situation, I had to host my website, but it had to be flexible to change the public_html folder to a subfolder _and be affordable long term.So I went looking around, came to the conclusion that I was not going to make it happen, so I looked at VPS solutions - that were affordable. But I preferably needed a email redirect setup - something easily done on cPanel, but does require some setup on Linux.So here I am looking for a low cost VPS or something similar.Then I take notice of Google Cloud Platform and then watching a youtube video, which gave me a good run down on how to use it and paired up with my exisitng Debian Linux server experience (i have my own linux server at home) I figured I was able to run my server on this … _maybe?_So there are some caveats;