I received an email that my hosting plan was having some features “bumped up.” This happens from time to time and is always a perk. For instance, today I learned that Lunarpages upped the storage space on my plan from 250GB to 350GB.
Additionally, my bandwidth was upped from 2,500GB to 3,500 GB/month.
Wicked Sweet! :mrgreen:
Who is my awesome host, you ask … Lunarpages. :)
I was revisiting their Education Program page. I had promised to send the link to one of the teachers at Jessie’s school with LP’s contact info. I was surprised to learn how much the school pages get … other hosts give “donated” accounts far less features than even the most basic plan!
Basically, LP provides free web hosting for educational purposes to all K-12 public schools in the U.S. (Private schools, colleges, churches, non-profit organizations, day cares and public schools outside of the United States are not eligible.) It’s open to any district administrator, school principal, classroom teacher or PTA representative. Schools and districts are invited to take advantage of the service to create websites for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to:
- Increasing visibility for the school within its own community and beyond
- Facilitating communication between teachers and parents
- Sharing information between schools within a district or classrooms within a school
- Providing valuable information about daily schedules and events
- Serving as a bulletin board for homework assignments and class projects
A quick run-through of perks: a free web builder, free unlimited phone and email support, unlimited email addresses and FTP accounts, 500 MB storage, and 20 GB data transfer for each new account. There are no restrictions on the use of the account, provided it is opened by a public school official and is used for educational purposes. Education Program participants are entitled to a free domain. Additional domain names after the free one are $7.95 per year per domain.
As with all “freebies” there are, of course, a few requirements and restrictions. For instance, this program is not eligible for the the CoffeeCup Software promotion. You can find a brief outline here.
Anyone interested in this program is encouraged to contact Lunarpages. For more information or to sign up for the program, school officials and teachers should contact Lunarpages by calling 1-877-LUNARPAGES (586-2772) or email email@example.com
I <3 LP. :cool:
I’ve been with Lunarpages for years, and they are the very best.
You didn’t mention the insane uptime ratio they have. Nor did you say anything about their awesome customer service.
So I will. :grin:
I guess I’m fortunate in that all of the districts in our 2-county area host at our ESD, whose tech department is the envy of the state. However, it is good to see that LP is continuing with this program. Sounds like there are some districts that are taking advantage of it.
I gave up on LP last fall when I had some questions that couldn’t get answered in a timely fashion. Their customer service–one of the reasons why I had started with them–had really gone down hill at the time. I said, heck, I can get lousy service for $4 a month instead of the $9 that I’m paying here. So I switched to GoDaddy, fully expecting to get lousy service. The ironic part of it is that GoDaddy’s service actually ended up being quite good. I’ve never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a tech support question. They even refunded some money for me when I had paid for something I didn’t mean to. No question asked.
Anyway, didn’t mean for that to turn into such a rant, but just wanted to share my experience with LP.