Stability of Furry Hosts
The down time of FurNation got me thinking about the stability of furry servers.
Chasemink continues: "FurNation, while the primary furry host on the net has more than its share of down time, and it seems that most of the smaller furry hosting start-ups have died or almost died. Skunked, while still hosting has stoped accepting aplications a long time ago and FurNetwork which died almost instantly)
However there are still serveral stable hosts out there that provide furry hosting free of charge. (Solfire, Furry.org.au, and
others) So why aren't more artists/writers going to them? Don't get me wrong, I think furnation is great but its starting to bear a much to heavy a load in my opinion and it should be distributed out among other servers."
Skunked.com will be shutting down completely in the near future, according to a recent post by it's administrator to alt.fan.furry:
Well, I've been getting pounded with requests for webspace on
skunked.com lately - probably because of Furnation going down for
I've been putting them off because I was facing a moral dilemma.
Tonight, I've gotten by that impasse, and am now on my way to making it
become a reality.
As of the end of May, skunked.com will no longer be online. I am
taking it offline for both personal and financial resasons. Basically,
what it amounts to is that I no longer have the love nor money to keep
it up and running any longer.
I've already sent ot notifications to the people on the server, and
have also started talking to a couple people about ownership of the
domains. IF that does not pan out, I will be selling these domains on
It's been a long, good ride....but I no longer can keep on riding. I
hate displacing people, but I really need to do this, finally,
convincingly, and untimately.
It is very difficult to find hosting that is fast, free, and stable, anywhere. Generally, you get two out of the three if you're lucky. Running a free webserver that becomes popular quickly becomes cost-prohibitive due to excessive bandwidth consumption. DSL providers like Northpoint can suddenly go bankrupt, screwing your network connection. If the server develops problems, the admin is innundated by emails demading a fix to the problem...and he's doing it all for free on his spare time.
It doesn't surprise me that the free furry webhosts are having problems. A lot of fans feel that they deserve certain things (art, webspace, conventions, ect.), yet don't feel the need to compensate the people who provide these services. I have a lot of respect for these providers (I'm one myself), but I'm not at all surprised when they get burnt out.
Rantings on the whining nature of furry fandom aside, if you want a webhost that's fast and stable, I suggest you go shopping for one. Additionally, most dialup ISPs offer some limited amount of webspace for their customers. And there's always the ad-banner replete, commercial free webhosts such as Geocities.