So i bought (well rented) a discounted domain name and had a look at hosted offerings as well which was free for a short time – a webredir screwed me from displaying any html i had laying about until I de dns’ed it
I also had unrelated client issues since there is no sshfs in 32bit debian, where you mount a directory locally however undefeated so I ended up with a firefox extension but the hoster did not support tls handshakes. Oh well scp is sort of ‘secure’ I guess in name only.
Php was a let down with no geoip db’s no humour program to probe and my html forms did not work on my experimental hosted site. I will have to work harder on those for another day.
ssh access is a comedy, and the wiki is surprisingly sparse
Day two begins and it is back to the php forms, the captcha works (my blog) and if i fail today i am going to need help.
I ask about form email because i was lazy and a file download and upload later with some experimenting get me working forms that deliver email – maybe the wiki is not so bad and i must not be the only person to ask that.Having a mail server like the zoo has would have meant those forms working straight away
I do like the new domain name, which is a lot better than the hosting demo which looks poorly utilised (i want email servers and imap servers and …) say ‘wasted’ it could do so much more. Day three i delete the hosted instance (free) but for spending €2 i get a domain and an ssl cert for a year as a bonus. Two lines in the dns get me redirected to our proper website here in the zoo.
Dnssec was not possible – i’d need my own dns server to get that.
Hopefully i will not have to use this hosting but most of what i had works on the hosted platform and that was the point of this whole exercise. This is not a rant that unless its a full access to server then its useless but the extra hoops it entails. But i know that simple wont cut it.
I will make a backup and hope i need never to dig out my workings.
A success i guess or a failure from the other point of view. But i would need a ‘real’ server rather than something that just has a database on and can serve html files without ssl (ssl costs extra).