Minicloud: Democratizing the Web with Flexible Hosting Options

Greg Bates, September 11th, 2013

MiniCloud Minicloud solves a seemingly intractable conundrum: how do you get the advantages of dedicated hosting without the pricey service and the technical headaches? Minicloud provides unparalleled flexibility, not only in pricing but in a range of features. The Minicloud REST API allows users to modify and terminate those services through third party apps. It joins over 200 APIs focused on hosting in our API directory. To see how Minicloud approaches hosting differently, let’s look at what might seem an odd place to start: the pricing.

The standard unremarkable monthly subscription plan is replaced by the three sliders pictured above. The graphic is a screenshot of my hypothetical choices, made to give an illustration near the upper range of what is offered. The specifications listed on the right hand side (CPU speed, memory size, storage, and speed) rise and fall as you move the sliders. And so does the price, of course, listed at $31.81/month in this configuration. Users can move those specs up and down any time so that they pay only for what they use. That is flexibility. As Minicloud notes, other services are also customizable:

MiniCloud gives you full control over your hosting platform. Whether networking options, programming languages, double redundancy, web server directives, custom error pages, and an endless list of options. All of these advanced options are available through our web console which is extremely responsive and easy to use for your convenience. No more confusing shell programming or complicated server setup, everything is advanced and simplified at the same time, bringing order to complexity.

For programming languages, I saw PHP, Python, Perl and Ruby listed.

The company seems maniacally focused on ease of use, claiming that “even a dog could set up your first website.” But they do it without skimping, delivering standard yet must-have features, like security and redundancy, to keep your experience smooth and safe.

The API documentation is divided into five broad categories of cloud compute (for creating a new user), creating new database users, registering domain names, email domains, and access control.

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