What I Use for Internet-delivered Services.  Not just Web Hosting but also:

  • Automate – things I choose not to do myself;
  • Outsource – things I choose not to run on my own hardware.

Listed by Provider.

Reliability, Cost and Stress are the three factors that I focus on. Supporting it all myself immediately rules out hosting Critical sites. Important sites are hosted differently than the less important sites, at higher Cost in exchange for Support of critical areas.


“Mission Critical” – high reliability, excellent support

  • Debian Linux
  • SmartVPS plan
  • Unlimited hosting accounts, each with multi-user Control Panel
  • Nightly Backup
  • 15 GB SSD storage
  • 4 GB RAM and a 2.6 GHz Core
  • U.S. data centre
  1. – phpBB discussion forum
  2. Edmonton Broadcasters Club web site and an associated (subdomain) On-line Payments web site
  3. Western Canada Broadcast History web site (in Development) with multiple subdomains
  4. – routing to Dine.TO, e-mail and backup web site
  5. – an alphabetic list of radio and television employees, past and present, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  6. Mail Server for personal and family e-mail; also used for a web page of frequently used links and Readerware Music Database
  7. Name Server for those few Domain Names not hosted or parked on ICDSoft
  8. Mail Server for those few Domain Names not hosted or parked on ICDSoft – most mail is forwarded to a single e-mail address, also hosted on ICDSoft, to avoid mail server reputation issues associated with forwarding across the Internet
  9. Personal, family and tribute web sites
  10. Hosting placeholder sites for Domain Names for sale or for future use
  11. Redirecting Domain Names, including those that would otherwise be Parked, but Parking does not easily provide the type of Redirection required


Affordable 1TB Storage VPS – excellent reliability (Support has not been needed yet)

  • 64-bit Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Rescue Mode and VNC Console
  • Two 1.8 GHz Intel Xeon E3/E5 Series CPUs
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 TB disk space
  • 3 TB Monthly Traffic
  • 10 Gbps Bandwidth
  • 5 Euros per month
  • Choice of Data Centre later in 2019
  • 1 IPv4 and 1 IPv6 address
  1. Backup and Archiving server – processing, storage and gateway to BackBlaze B2 object storage, including Incremental backup nightly of both this VPS and Unlimited Shared Hosting
  2. Development and Testing
  3. B.C. Radio History web site
  4. Archival copy of WordPress Radio site

No Name Server or Mail Server is hosted here to avoid the high level of personal support required to keep up to date on current security requirements.

VPS Mart

“Windows VPS” – reliable and affordable with excellent performance – full review

  • Basic Windows VPS (SSD) plan
  • Windows Server 2019 Standard edition, 64-bit
  • Hyper-V VPS
  • One Basic Windows VPS plan in Texas Data Centre
  • 3 processor cores
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 100 GB SSD
  • 100 Mbps Bandwidth, Unmetered
  • VHD Backup every 4 weeks
  • No DDoS Protection
  1. Software Update and Remote Access server – ManageEngine Desktop Central
  2. Windows-specific Development and Testing


Backup/Object Storage

  1. Backblaze – Windows Client continuous backups, with special feature to keep copies of Deleted files forever
  2. B2 – Storage of backups from VPS backup/archiving server

Consistently affordable pricing, and industry-leading on-line functionality and support

  • Domain Name Registration
  1. 34 Domain Names currently registered here

No Name Servers are hosted here because their DNS Editor will, under unusual circumstances, create completely empty DNS Zones.