Atabyte Hosting is the hosting service used by Iwaku. Purchasing your own site and hosting plan helps support Iwaku, by supporting Jared and Atabyte.
What would I do with a site?
Anything, as long as it is legal, but here are a few ideas:
- A blog to talk about yourself and your hobbies/activities/travels
- A site for your gaming streams, podcasts or reviews
- A business site
- A portfolio site to show off your artwork/writing
- A site for your novel
- A wiki to organize your roleplay ideas and worldbuilding projects
- A forum for large roleplay projects that don’t really fit into Iwaku’s structure
- A fancy email domain for you and your friends to show off
This sounds hard.
I am happy to help you get some of the basics ready, and modern tools make maintaining a site about as easy as posting on Iwaku.
Why not just donate to Iwaku?
That is a great option, and Iwaku will always have expenses other than hosting. Unfortunately the servers that Iwaku runs on cost significantly more than $100/month. The only reason I am able to provide hosting to Iwaku relatively cheaply is because I host other sites also.
The main server is not located at a low budget/low quality provider or in someone’s basement. Yes, both have been suggested. Between the cost of the servers and licenses the current cost is approximately $450/month.
If you just want to make a one time or short term contribution to the site, donating is the best option. But, if you want to make a lasting contribution and get something out of it yourself, this is the best option!
What else do I get out of it?
When you sign up for hosting you get the following:
- A website/email (obviously)
- Donator privileges on Iwaku
- Free advertising for your site on Iwaku, if it's writing or roleplay-related (ad must be approved by the site admins)
- The warm fuzzy feeling inside knowing you are helping such an awesome site
What is it going to cost?
Hosting starts at $9.99/month and a domain name is $14.99/year. The code IWAKU will give you 25% off your first hosting payment and help us keep track of who came from Iwaku. That is four months of free hosting if you pay for a year.
This helps to provide hourly backups to both Iwaku and your site as well as protect data against potential technical issues. It also allows for lightly loaded servers that don’t have thousands of sites on them.
Where can I get more information?
Atabyte Hosting Services or feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Remember to use the code IWAKU when signing up!