A journey that started from 128KBPS.
This blog is about myself, and the journey of the domain suneil.co.uk
Many years ago, when the internet was still on dial-up (128kbps) I decided to create a website on GeoCities, and if my memory serves me right, it was called geocities.com/karki123 and it looked something like this.
GeoCities terminated their service somewhere in 2019.
I had a lot of people (to my standards) visit my website – about 100 each month. This was a long time ago before people had smartphones which made using the internet easier. I had to pay for both phone and internet to use the internet back then. I would use the internet mostly at night when phone charges were cheaper and I could Netflix* the internet.
*Shared passwords from people who had access to their company’s internet account.
When I look back, I think I was doing a great job there. Because of the 128kbps internet, images needed to be compressed to avoid longer waits during “website found, waiting for reply” on the bottom of Netscape Navigator!!. And my website was pretty fast, considering limited bandwidth and free hosting.
Sadly, this domain didn’t live long, I probably had it for four, or five years.
While typing this, I looked up the new owners of sunilkarki.com and found out that it now belongs to somebody called San Hua Deng from China and it now contains information (in Chinese) on the FIFA world cup! Who knew sunilkarki is slang for football in China?
UPDATE: The website now displays a time-out error.
Fast forward to 2010, I decided to reenter the world of blogging and created several sites on WordPress, blogger and lately- Weebly. I do not recall any of the links or the contents of these websites. However, the Weebly one is still alive and kicking and has about two to five unique visitors per week!!!
In 2011, I tried to reclaim sunilkarki domain back, but it wasn’t available. So I had to settle with this one- suneil.co.uk. Once again, I was pointing my domain to WordPress and later Weebly. This continued until 2020.
In September 2020, pandemic-related redundancy and a few other issues encouraged me to consider opening an online store. And for the first time in my life, I purchased a hosting service with Namecheap.
Namecheap was running a promotion (s around £1.75 a month for a 2-year plan) which seemed to be a good deal at the time. I installed/tested a few CMS and eCommerce sites. (My favourite ones were CE Phoneix and Prestashop) and everything was running as expected. (UPDATE: Now I am with asura hosting, and it is very cheap and faster than Namecheap)
The online business was more difficult than anticipated and sadly, I had to abandon the idea.
Then I returned to blogging. I had to utilise the hosting somehow. I replaced eCommerce with a few blog software- before finally settling with WordPress.
One morning, I woke up to receive a “website suspended” email from Namecheap. I had hosted two sites (out of three permitted) and, apparently my 3-page WordPress website with a handful of plugins and fewer than 10 visitors a week caused “server overuse.” I was very bemused. How can a company offer a 3 website hosting with unlimited bandwidth when it cannot handle some WordPress plugins?
I emailed Namecheap but got some copy-paste response, so I went to Trustpilot and left a long review which did the trick. My website was up and running again within a day!!
Namecheap made me a pluginophobic!! Thankfully the service ends in September. (the hosting, not my phobia- but I am keeping my bandwidth crossed)
However, this is not the reason I decided to leave infinityfree, I could have selected other templates but I found asura hosting. Not before host25cent, though. Host25cent is probably the cheapest SSD hosting provider in the world. It really is $0.25 per month for the starter package. It was too good to be true but I decided to have a go anyway. Their starter pack was $0.25/month, the Personal pack was $0.50/month and the third one was called Cheapest. (I don’t know why) which I purchased. It came with a 10Gb SSD, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domain, unlimited email accounts, a free SSL and a few other useful goodie bags. The cost- a mere $7 for the whole year!
The servers were fast and there was always somebody available via online chat. Everything seemed very professional. But I was a bit sceptical because there was no company info, and the website didn’t look professional. But I still decided to give it a go.
Later, when I checked my Paypal, I noticed something weird. The hosting company had a personal Gmail account which knocked all of my remaining confidence. How can I trust a web hosting company that offers free emails but doesn’t have its own? I then checked their Trustpilot and found very unprofessional responses to one-star reviewers.
I contacted the company to terminate my account. The person on the chat (probably the owner) was very friendly and he refunded me instantly. ( I offered him some advice too)
UPDATE: The person listened to my advice and now, the website has basic company info and location in their website.
Then I found Asura hosting. The true reason I broke up with infinityfree. Their cheapest package costs £0.82 per month where you can host up to 15 websites, and 15 email addresses with a generous 12GB of SSD storage, free SSL and a bunch of other things. I had a promo code (2OFF) which gave me a recurring 16 per cent off on the top, bringing down the cost from £9.84 to £8.20 for the whole year. Their website also promises no price hike on renewal. Most providers offer a cheap deal for a year and then hike their price Like Namecheap would have cost me £3.77 per month from September onwards. This is a very bad practice, It isn’t easy to transfer hosting if you have a big website, And on top of that some providers charge you for this too.
Going back to Asura, I was initially a bit reluctant about their service. But I took a chance (and advantage of a 30-day money-back guarantee) and purchased their cheapest plan. Then I added my domain and went to install WordPress. It was blazing fast. I transferred my two websites (500+Mb and 200+Mb) almost instantly and within an hour, everything was running smoothly.
So far, I am very happy with the speed and service. If I have some issues, I will update them here. But for the time being, if you are looking for super-fast web hosting without costing an arm and a leg, asura hosting is definitely worth considering. They have a lot of options, and optional extras- like £39.35 per year for unlimited hosting with a free domain, or a dedicated IP address for £1.23/per month.
This is my story, web history to be precise. I feel like I have travelled a lot, starting with 128kbps to 100plus Mbps (and still occasionally complaining about the speed)
And there is something I (almost always) miss. Check it out below.