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    I have a pretty small and low use db (under 20 users with little to no image or file uploads) that I currently host myself on a zebrahost server. I am looking to see what you guys might recommend for DB hosting in a cost effective way. I tried AWS and had it setup wrong, literally no activity with it and the cost went to about 300 bucks a month - no data and noone even using the DB - this was the free tier at first. So mistake made I talked with customer support and got a free tier setup that is now effectively cheap but again I am concerned about the cost of actually using that DB watching how fast the cost went up. I am trying to figure out whats a good way (cheap but effective) to host a DB. I looked at Planetscale - seems legit and cost effective - what say you guys?
    NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"

  • #2
    Why not use zebrahost for mysql ?
    Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


    • #3
      I do already...
      NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


      • #4
        We are also looking for MySQL hosting. Tried AA Cloud but found AWS far too expensive.
        Want to go back a to a 2020 Build 5581. FindGoodFood is a new way to find, buy and sell 'good' food, and avoid 'bad', and will have many users - consumers and Providores (farmers, growers, even home growers, producers and those eateries and outlets which support local produce and food products).
        Can anyone help to get us started on 2nd test market? and perhaps full deployment?


        • #5
          Oh yes, was hosting with ZebraHost for past 4 years, but they do not wish to host AA anymore


          • #6
            We have been hosting Alpha customers for 15 years and hope to continue to do so for at least the next 15 years.


            • #7
              I will also add that Zebrahost has been an excellent choice - not knocking them in anyway.
              NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at what was I saying?"


              • #8
                Originally posted by CharlesParker View Post
                I will also add that Zebrahost has been an excellent choice - not knocking them in anyway.
                We appreciate that Charles, no offence taken. I was just responding to the "they do not wish to host AA anymore" comment. Everyone has different needs, requirements and budgets.


                • #9
                  I will add that I do not see any indication that Zebrahost is downsizing in any way - in fact they offer more and more useful services, are always there to help (24/7), and I enthusiastically recommend them without reservation!
                  Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.