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Livejournal Ads 
22nd-Jan-2009 02:03 pm
I noticed that LiveJournal has started putting ads on my blog, despite the fact that I haven't chosen the ad-supported option, which pisses me off. I'll probably be looking seriously into moving my blog, website, and email to a web host provider soon, with a new domain name, if I can find a good web hosting service. If anyone knows of a good, fairly cheap (< $10/month), ad-free web hosting service in Canada, let me know. I seem to be having trouble finding one.
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22nd-Jan-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
That controversy happened a few ... months? back. They announced it, people bitched, they compromised. Something like that. Supposedly you can't even get basic accounts anymore.

It'd be weird if you were logged in and that happened. AFAIK you'd see the ads, everywhere, when not logged in. If logged in then seeing them on your blog would be disappointing.
22nd-Jan-2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
No, they don't appear when logged in, but I don't care too much about me seeing the ads - I can block them with adblocker. I care greatly about other people viewing my blog and being shown ads.

I guess I should have thought more carefully about the long-term when creating a blog. Custom blogs created with software and hosted on custom sites seem like the best option to avoid being locked in.
22nd-Jan-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, although even LJ data can be coaxed out of the administration console with some scripting mojo. I remember seeing a guide for either drupal or wordpress.

You lose some data, but if you ever decided to move away from an OSS platform it would be just as painful from that perspective.
22nd-Jan-2009 08:13 pm (UTC) - DreamHost
I host http://thehjellejar.com and http://jarofwood.com on DreamHost. They are not good if you expect large amounts of traffic, but if you want a surprising amount of features for $9.95/month (if paid a year in advance), the deal is pretty good. They offer easy install of blogging software, or you can install nearly any software you'd prefer.

Again, they won't handle a lot of load--you get what you pay for. Uptime isn't perfect. And, they do advertise insane quotas--which, of course, you are not likely to use. You'll also find quite a few critics around, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

You do get your own domain with an account, for free.

It'd be worth checking out--see http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting.html .

The also offer a free option, http://dreamhostapps.com/, but I don't know anything about it.

By the way--if you do decide to go with DreamHost, I can give you a coupon code for an even cheaper startup cost. You can only use the coupon for your first year, but still.
30th-Jan-2009 08:32 pm (UTC) - Re: DreamHost
Thanks for the suggestion. I chose to go with webcs.com instead, because people said better things about them, and also you only have to register for 3 months at a time, rather than a year. They do have limited disk space though, at 750MB. We'll see how good the service is.

I didn't get notified of this reply - another point against LiveJournal (or GMail).
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