I have always known that I could do so much more if I had the ability to host my own server. But having one in your home is not something that is cheap. Not only that, if you are new to doing it, there can be a learning curve. A buddy said that it is possible to get a Linux VPS for a very inexpensive cost if you do it through a company that handles it. That was the first time I had ever heard that was possible.
When I priced out all the things I would need to set one up here at home, I was disappointed. The drive space, the machine itself, the memory, and extra monitor, etc., were out of my budget. I wanted the ability to run my own for email and so much more. And most importantly, I wanted it to be Linux so that I could learn it. I felt that it would be many years before I could dig up some extra cash to do it because I have so many other things to pay for. But my friend gave me hope when he told me about a virtual hosting.
I ended up calling around to a few places that I found through the Internet. The lost cost at each of the companies made me realize it is a possibility again. I talked to each place about how much RAM and storage space you get, and was highly surprised by the fact that these places are not stingy with what they give you at all.
I signed a contract with the company of my choice. I only had to wait 3 days to get my new account ready for me to start using it. It was fascinating to log into it for the first time and see just how easy it is to get started with it.