First of all let me make it clear that Uberspace is not my brand, nor am I affiliated with them.
They are a german provider that has been established for many years and although I had never hosted anything with them I thought it was worth sharing the fact that…they are there. That they are different.
Pay what you want
The first thing that comes as a surprise is that Uberspace has been around many years, however its pricing model is a “pay-what-you-want” style. On the landing page you are presented with an explanation about what their motives are and also what they need to pay for (Colocation, Traffic…), explaining why you may consider paying more than 1€/month (which is the bare minimum). They suggest something in between 5-10€, but technically for 12€/year you are settled for a year.
No Web GUI. All text/console based Webhosting - They want you to learn the shell!
All you get is your document root folder (your “uberspace”), 10GB of Disk Space and 100GB of Traffic (after which they will contact you). They offer very personal support and a thorough Wiki/Knowledgebase introducing you to the shell, how it works etc. Their German Wiki is even larger, but the English shell is also covering a lot of topics. To be honest I have looked up some things there, and it’s interesting reading into some articles for the fun of it.
They also clearly state Uberspace isn’t for everybody:
Get technical! Be a geek! Run that app!
Going with their very technical and open approach to new ideas, crazy projects etc they also offer A LOT of technical features your average webhost doesn’t, like:
Automatic HTTPS, HTTP/2, SSH. Perl. PHP. Python. Ruby. node.js. Erlang. Lua. Compiler. FastCGI. MySQL. CouchDB. MongoDB. MariaDB. Cronjobs. HTTPS. IMAP. SMTP. Webmail. qmail. vmailmgr. maildrop. SpamAssassin. ezmlm-idx. DSPAM. ~/service. runwhen. Own Logs. Daily Backups.
Furthermore on their website they explain quite a lot about their philosophy, mindset, the fact that they consider their hosting environment as a digital playground for you etc .
So why am I sharing this project? Honestly, feel free to remove it, if it sounds like spam, shill or whatever but do you know that feeling when you get excited about something (for a longer time) and have the feel to share the joy? That’s Uberspace for me. Let’s be clear. There also are some limitations of what you can do with Uberspace and obviously most users here come from another forum, are techy and some run VPS at 2-3$/years and probably could have the same possibilities and even more freedom than Uberspace can offer. But that’s not the point. The reason I am sharing this is actually, because I hope someone can make use of this. I don’t have any use for it right now and I didn’t have use for it in the past, and it pains me to say this honestly as I open up their web page ever so often to check how things are going…and always fall in love with them again. To that end they also share their changelog on how their Uberspace progresses: Changelog — Uberspace 7 manual 7.3.11 documentation
The latest Uberspace Version is v7.
So, if you are looking to learn the shell in a “safe”, predefined environment and (from the reviews I’ve read and the impression I have) are looking for an extra level of personal support or just need a new home for your web project and are sick of cPanel/Plesk and just wanna rock the shell: By all means, give it a try, report back and tell me how it went
Trustpilot, but also other reviews/sources I’ve been looking at these past years were thoroughly positive and I can imagine why.
Oh, did I say the first month is free without entering any personal data?
Just choosing a username/hostname and off you go: https://uberspace.de/register
I wish you a great day,