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The One Most Important Feature To Look For In A Podcast Host

May 17th, 2013 by Andrew Smales

The headline to this article might seem like I’m going to say something that is amazingly biased towards Castmate, but have no fear, that’s not it. Choosing a podcast host whose name rhymes with “Rastmate” isn’t the most important thing – that only just breaks the top 10 :)

In all seriousness, there is one feature that is vitally important to running a podcast: Unlimited bandwidth. You shouldn’t even consider running a podcast if whatever hosting solution you choose doesn’t provide this, and let me explain why:

First of all, let me just explain bandwidth for those who might not be familiar: Bandwidth is a way of measuring internet traffic. Every time someone downloads an episode of your podcast, it uses bandwidth. The bigger your podcast files, the more bandwidth they use. The more people who listen to your podcast, the more bandwidth it uses. If 1000 people listen to your podcast, it will use double the bandwidth than if 500  people listen.

Okay, so why is this vital? It’s simple: (more…)

Linode vs. Digital Ocean – Which VPS should you get?

April 15th, 2013 by Andrew Smales

I wrote an update post to this, however, it doesn’t replace this article, it’s simply a 6 month update on what’s new with Linode and Digitalocean. If you’re only going to read one of the posts, I’d probably stick with this one.

UPDATE: After the great response to this review, I’ve decided to also do a review in the near future on Chunkhost, an up and coming VPS place with a very good rep. Subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed, or check back soon if you want to see that, and let me know if you have any feedback on Linode, Digital Ocean or Chunkhost!

Okay, so even though this is a podcast hosting site, I am going to use this blog to provide some information that might be interesting to people running startups and other websites. The fact is, most people running podcasts have at least a basic website to go with it, and many have more substantial web presences. I’m actually writing an article very soon about the benefits of having a podcast for startups, I have some thoughts on that, that I don’t think have really been written about that much before.

So, as far as the question of Linode versus DigitalOcean: Both of these companies are VPS providers. A VPS is a Virtual Private Server, which is basically the step between getting a $10/month shared web hosting account (from somewhere like Dreamhost), or a dedicated server. I’m not looking to define which of these three choices you need: I personally love using the latter two choices, and I think a VPS is usually a nice step up from shared hosting accounts. This is just going to be a quick summary of my thoughts on the Linode vs DigitalOcean choice, which I’ve seen come up a few times lately.

Linode has been around for a while now, and is trusted and loved by a lot of tech savvy nerd types. Linode seems so dominant that when they make a change, people submit it to Hacker News (a popular site for startup-related news) as if it’s taken for granted that most people know and use Linode. (more…)

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