I am looking for recommendations, and thought BB might have useful ideas in the old collective consciousness:
For reasons involving an art project I’m assisting with(details may be negotiable if one of them is the only thing between me and The Best Deal/option Evar; but are otherwise dictated by the project requirements), I need to arrange a bit of web hosting.
Caveats/reasons I didn’t just use a free Wordpress/Google Sites/etc. account:
The project involves a relatively lightweight geographic visualization/GIS component which imposes two constraints:
I want to be able to use KML Network Links, and those are really touchy if the MIME types are wrong. Most of the idiot-proof-CMS and similar offerings don’t have much to say on setting MIME type, since most applications are substantially less touchy, or it’s super-obvious things like .jpeg files that they can successfully guess.
Secondly, since I don’t want to force people to install Google Earth or some other KML-compliant GIS package, I’d like to offer the choice of downloading the raw KML/KMZ and displaying that, or displaying in-browser as a KML layer over Google Maps (as in this example). Various sorts of mangling-to-fit-the-theme or script-ensafeifying schemes that common CMSes use have given me hell with this latter requirement.
What I’m looking for is a (relatively cheap, obviously) host that’ll give me a few GB of space(quite possibly less than one will actually be needed; but depending on how photo-happy the artist side gets, it could be a few more) a modest amount of bandwidth/month (this is hardly going to set the world on fire; but I’d rather not have it conk out before more than a couple dozen people see it, and I’m not a god of lean and optimized web gurus), and the ability to Just Upload Files and HTML, no CMS or handholding in my way. I’m not afraid of the command line; but I’d prefer to avoid being responsible for updating and securing an *nix box for the entire duration of the project, for which I’m really only the (volunteer) help, not the point person, so ‘hosted’ is preferred to ‘bare metal VM’.
Any good offerings of that flavor these days? Just a good, old-fashioned, account on a Linux VM with an HTTP server serving out anything you put in the directory and chmod appropriately?