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How do I host my html, css, handlebars, node, express, mysql websites?  

I see all kind of hosting plans with website builders. But, I am not sure what to look for in hosting when "you" build your own sites.

Thanks,
Ed
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Amazon provide free plan, a minimal linux based machine : https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/
Heroku (hosted by Amazon) provide free plans over plugins as services : https://www.heroku.com/
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018
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Consideration: Likely there's a better first set of considerations.

1) Your target monthly income.

2) Your expected hourly traffic.

3) Will your traffic be primarily organic or paid.

Both of these require fast + stable hosting. Where "stable" means content serves fast, independent of traffic load.

4) You're technical skill doing admin on LAMP Stacks. Where "LAMP" means Linux + Apache + MariaDB + PHP + OpenSSL + WordPress.

5) Type of site you'll be running.

Suggestion: Might be good for you to hire a few consultants for 1 hour conversations assisting you designing your tech + monetization, as this relates to the project you have in mind, coupled with the niche you'll be serving.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
Fellow 2018
Most Valuable Expert 2013
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When you say, "plans with website builders" I envision wix/weebley/squarespace which are very good builders. There are also builders with some other hosting plans. Those types of builders are typically meant to be static and for those not wanting to do much coding. You will probably hear he term,"low code" and that is what these are.

Then you said, "....host my html, css, handlebars, node, express, mysql websites"  This makes it sound like you are interested in coding your own site. In that case, stay away from the builder options.  leakim has a great option for hosting and I would also look at azure https://azure.microsoft.com/ and there is a 12 month free tier there too.

Other options are https://www.linode.com/products/standard-linodes/ or https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/

There are a lot of options out there and it can be confusing. The key is to first determine what your end goal is as David mentioned.  Testing or learning? creating a web app or web site? ecommerce?  Also how much help do you need?  Are you ok with using the product forums and help like you get here on EE? Or do you need help directly from the support options by the hosting service.

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Hello Experts

Thank you for your replies.  

I am at a crossroads with my IT career.   I have 20yrs of experience in IT.  Unfortunately most of the yrs are of very narrow/specific experiences.  I most recently went to a Full Stack Developer boot camp with hopes of it aiding in my job search. I have not found a match yet.

So, I am in "survival" mode.  I created a LLC and am doing my own landscaping and courier work.  

Here is what I am working on:

1) static website for the LLC so I can put the url on my business card

2) I would like get rid of my godaddy web site builder and create my own static page for my website www.how2usehwyonramps.com

3) A group project in the boot camp, we created a Fantasy Basketball data analysis tool.  That is the node/express/mysql project I would like to find hosting for.

4) My dad's little business currently has a godaddy website builder template for the site www.rccrafters.com.  We built a new node site for it in the bootcamp.

1) - 4)  is what I would like to find hosting for.

I would pay for help/direction on how to best achieve my end goals for 1) - 4)

Thank you for the help,
Ed
Hi,

Node.js hosting cost a lot more than regular html / php website.
So if you plan regular website don't use node/express, that will cost you more $

Just use HTML & Bootstrap there are good template on themeforesst at very low cost.

Using cheap hosting for regular website is the best to my opinion +-15$/month
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
Fellow 2018
Most Valuable Expert 2013
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How will node.js hosting cost more?  

Using "cheap" is not a good basis. While it can feel like hosting is a commodity, wait until you have to call support. For a small site you don't have much to worry about, most of the services you find will work. But do research the support service. There are a good number of questions here because support was not very helpful.

I am mixed on what you should do.

On the one side, doing a project like this is the best way to learn.  However, if you are going to make your landscaping business work, you really need to have a professional site and continually add content. It is much easier to do that with a "blog" or cms. Adding content on your subject will help in your seo. Sites like https://www.squarespace.com/, https://www.wix.com/ and https://www.weebly.com/ will allow you to worry just about content. They have some good looking themes to use that will make your site look more professional. I would start with squarespace, get your site up and running then as a side project, try and rebuild that site from hand coding as you are learning. The squarespace site will give you something nice to shoot for and a very good base.

If in fact your goal is to become a full stack dev and get a job in this realm, it would be good to create your site on either aws or azzure. The reason is many companies use aws and just knowing how to navigate aws alone will be a plus over somebody else that uses 'cheap' hosting services.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
Suggestion: Once you close out this question, open a new question attaching a copy of your resume asking how people might parlay your skillset into a comfortable living.

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Thank you everyone for your responses.  They are all very  helpful and informative.  I would like to make sure all who responded get some points.  How do I do that?  Do I select "No, but it is helpful" for each response or will it make me pick one as my solution?

Dave Favor: is there a special section to post your suggestion in? Or should I just post to Web Development?

Thank you all for your insight,
Ed
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
Fellow 2018
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
you can select this is the solution for as many comments as you wish. also you can select helpful for as many comments as you wish. All are good choices.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

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For closing out a question, best take Scott Fell's suggestions, as he knows a great deal about this.

Generally, just close a go through + flag which ever comments are useful, following instructions as you go.

If you get stuck, just ask another question.

Note: Every question is a Good question.

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Thank you everyone one for your responses. I marked them all helpful.

Ed

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Ok, I have tried searching the knowledge base to no avail.   So, I must ask, how do you close the question?

Thanks,
Ed
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
Fellow 2018
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
You are not obligated to mark a comment or multiple comments as a solution, however, if you do, the question will appear as no longer open to you.

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Thank you all who gave me direction with my question.  I am trying to close it now.  I marked all of helpful comments "this is my solution".