Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a condition that plagues many in our society and has a variety of symptoms, well beyond the scope of this article. The main ADD symptom, to which I can relate, is the inability of staying focused while attending to daily, mundane tasks. For example, I can be easily distracted, tend to bounce from one activity to another, or take on way more than I can handle. Many times this is accompanied by the tendency to become completely absorbed in tasks that are stimulating and rewarding.
My wife often comments that she doesn't understand how I'm able to spend hours on the computer. I become completely absorbed in the latest stimulating computer project and that's where the hacker mentality comes in. I'm driven by the desire to maximize the capability of computer hardware and software relating to Internet technologies. What really stimulates my creative juices is the increase in potential available through synergistically weaving together individual components into a more powerful and efficient package.
I espouse the term 'hacker' in the most positive sense and am completely repelled by those who embrace the negative aspects associated with this term. I'm highly motivated by continually trying to tweak every last bit of performance out of the specific hardware platform or software package that I'm working with at any given time.
The classic response to my behavior relating to web hosting platforms is... "Why fix it if it ain't broken?" My response counters, if I can improve it in any way... "Why wouldn't I?"
I entered upon this daunting quest of finding the almost perfect web hosting platform in a mostly unsuspecting way. I started out in typical fashion with shared hosting through the same company that was my domain registrar. After purchasing several domains through a different registrar at a more competitive price point, I found myself using a shared hosting plan for each domain. It didn't take me long to realize I could host all my domains on a single reseller hosting plan.
This worked fine for a few years, until I decided I wanted to play around with the Linux command line, known as Secure Shell Access (SSH). I quickly discovered there were restrictions on what I was allowed to do, because the web hosting company couldn't let me screw up their server. That's when I discovered Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting, so I quickly signed up for a monthly trial. That was a rude awakening. Where was my control panel and all the bells and whistles I'd grown accustomed to having at my disposal? I felt like a fish out of water and didn't have a clue what I was doing.
After failing miserably in this misguided venture, I cancelled my trial and retreated to safer and more familiar ground. Yet, the lure of performance and complete control over my server environment, refused to go away. Something told me the promised land of web server freedom was a goal worthy of seeking. I began to arm myself with the knowledge and tools I required to successfully fulfill my quest.
I began my endeavor with searching for the most reliable and user-friendly hosting environment, when I discovered DigitalOcean. They provide all the features you need at a very competitive price. The feature I really love about DigitalOcean is the extensive knowledgebase. The sky is literally the limit when it comes to assembling the parts, which will comprise your very own VPS web server. The tutorials they provide play a big part in getting you headed in the right direction and the support they provide is virtually second-to-none.
If you're feeling squeamish about the concept of building a server environment from scratch, DigitalOcean gives you a few prebuilt options for your consideration. This is definitely less intimidating. To get an idea of the available one-click install applications, use the following link: https://www.digitalocean.com/features/one-click-apps/.
DigitalOcean makes it very easy to get started by giving you a $10 credit. This allows you to try their services for up to two months, without a financial commitment. To take advantage of the credit, use the following link: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=e04032585037.
I've had good experiences in dealing with DigitalOcean and I'm confident you'll find the same. I encourage you to check out their web site to get an idea of some of the possibilities. Be careful not to get overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and prepare for your new adventure. You're going to thoroughly enjoy the results.