I’ve seen a few well known entrupenurs make mention of services that they pay for and I’d like to join the club. For those of you unfamiliar with me, I run a fantasy sports news aggregator called FantasySP. You can sync fantasy leagues rosters/transactions and be alerted of real-time player tends. This is bootstrapped in every single way, as I am the sole employee and have zero funding.
The following companies are awesome and deserve my money and/or praise.
Web Host: ServInt $200/month
Not a flashy name in the hosting industry, but they provide solid managed services. I use their Solo Express server to run FantasySP on a standard LAMP stack. A few other sites (like this one) also run on it. It is actually about 10% cheaper than this because I pay a year in full.
Cheap Cloud Host: Rackspace Cloud $25/month
For all of those background processes that need to be run for FantasySP, a cheap cloud server from Rackspace does the job with a very fair price. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap host to screw around with or run dozens of cronjobs. 🙂
CDN/DNS: Amazon Cloudfront & Cloudflare $8/month / FREE
Version Control System: Github $7/month
Seriously, where else would I host FantasySP’s code and have version control. Github is my first and only choice.
Realtime Analytics: Clicky $4.16/month
The best real-time analytics package out there. I have no idea why people in the industry seem to blindly love chartbeat. Clicky is better in every way combing historical and real-time analytics in a great UI.
Application Performance Analysis: NewRelic $50/month
The best real-time software to monitor how your application is performing. This has enabled me to spend less money on my hosting due to optimizations based on what NewRelic data and graphics tells me. FantasySP zooms and NewRelic has a lot to do with it. With around 700,000 pageviews per month, FantasySP remains rock solid. These guys rock and are totally worth the money.
Source Code Editor: Notepad++ FREE
Notepad++ for windows, its free and it does just about everything those super expensive pay ones do. (Why the heck is UltraEdit so damn expensive?)
Grand Total: $295 per month
This brings my grand total of web developer / startup related expenses to about $295. The good news is that FantasySP more than makes up for these expenditures. I try to not waste any money, so how do my expenses stack up to yours? I am guessing most companies pay at least $500 per month JUST for hosting.
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