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What do you want to see on Low End Box? Share your opinion!

Tags: , , Date/Time: February 1, 2020 @ 2:26 am, by Jon Biloh

This year we are going to take a fresh approach to Low End Box to help make sure we are providing interesting and useful content to our community and readers. To help get us started we need to hear from you!

What sort of content do you want to see from Low End Box in 2020 and beyond? What would make you want to keep coming to the website? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Don’t hold back, we are looking for honesty above all else. We promise to listen.

Thanks for taking the time to help make Low End Box better.

99 Comments

  1. A:

    I don’t have any suggestions to add, I just want to thank everyone at LEB and the community for all the great deals, content, and advice.

    I run a software startup that does quite well and it would not have happened without LEB. When we first started, I had no idea what to do with servers and provisioning and LEB provided a low cost yet effective solution. In fact one of the earlier $10 a year OpenVZ server provider we first used to test and sell our original product is still in use and the provider now hosts hundreds of our servers for customers along with AWS.

    Once again thank you to all the great people who make this happen. For all the kids looking for cost-efficient and versatile tech, have fun here!

    February 1, 2020 @ 3:18 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Thank you for being a part of our community and for the feedback.

      February 6, 2020 @ 10:44 pm | Reply
  2. ThomasP:

    More offer from Europe and the rest of the world, outside of US

    February 1, 2020 @ 3:56 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We’ve got a great Asian offer coming up in two days. :)

      February 25, 2020 @ 4:51 pm | Reply
  3. More technical tutorials about configuring, securing and maintaining dedicated/virtual servers and services like www etc. But not another incomplete guidebook of which there are many on the internet. Also more warnings about companies that are not trustworthy. twice this year, I took offer of VPS companies that simply deceived their clients (lowendbox and snowvps).

    February 1, 2020 @ 6:15 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We’ve hired two community members from Low End Talk to help write some great content. Hopefully we’ll start publishing this soon.

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:34 pm | Reply
  4. James:

    Cheap OVZ VPS Resource Pools

    February 1, 2020 @ 11:27 am | Reply
  5. Thanks for the comments so far. Please keep them coming. :)

    February 1, 2020 @ 8:09 pm | Reply
  6. Sunny:

    More deals from India and Asia.

    February 1, 2020 @ 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Would be great to find some hosts in India, I agree!

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:40 pm | Reply
  7. eilif:

    You should do inhouse compilations or review posts. like “Top 10 price/performance” or full reviews.

    February 2, 2020 @ 3:42 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We are working on some reviews like this. The first will be posted next week.

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm | Reply
  8. Mark:

    Just cheap, low-end VPS systems. I’m not interested in shared hosting or dedicated servers. Think LEB 8 or 9 years ago.

    February 2, 2020 @ 1:53 pm | Reply
  9. Jon Biloh:

    Mark,

    What sort of VPS type packages specifically?

    February 2, 2020 @ 2:48 pm | Reply
  10. I want to see more offers with ipv6.

    February 2, 2020 @ 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Good idea, we’ll keep our eye out for this.

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:40 pm | Reply
  11. Ryan:

    It would be nice to have some Canadian options.

    February 2, 2020 @ 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      VPS or dedicated servers? If dedicated servers check out the Server Mania offer we just published a few days ago as they have a location in Montreal.

      February 24, 2020 @ 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Ryan:

        Preferably Canadian VPS (KVM)

        February 25, 2020 @ 7:48 pm | Reply
  12. I would also love to see special section for trading/leasing of ips. Haven’t find anything like this anywhere.

    February 3, 2020 @ 7:33 am | Reply
  13. Matthijs:

    Really low end VPS (like $5/month (I don’t consider that low-end). And also: more outside of the US!

    February 3, 2020 @ 7:34 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We are going to focus on providers outside of the US in an expanding fashion. :)

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:36 pm | Reply
  14. zijun:

    More special servers

    February 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We have more dedicated server offers coming.

      February 26, 2020 @ 11:45 am | Reply
  15. Cock:

    To stop getting.ripped.of.by the fly.by nighters you promote here constant should be ashamed.of it

    February 3, 2020 @ 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Yes we’re working harder to help avoid this type of stuff moving forward.

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:40 pm | Reply
  16. Mitesh Singh India:

    Not only Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers, you guys need to add the other countries festival offers also like Diwali, It is new year for India. Chinese new year for Chinese etc.

    February 3, 2020 @ 11:19 pm | Reply
  17. Random:

    I just wanted to say thanks for existing, you guys rock!

    February 4, 2020 @ 11:46 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Thank you we appreciate that!

      February 24, 2020 @ 1:03 pm | Reply
  18. Sunny:

    I agree with Mitesh. We need more festival offers and should definitely focus on other countries and regions also.

    February 4, 2020 @ 12:10 pm | Reply
  19. Rhinox:

    I’d like to see better search capability. As of now, there is “Looking for Cheap VPS?” box where I can search by location tag (i.e. “United Kingdom”), but I can not select the whole “Europe” or multiple countries at once. Or I can search by virtualization (i.e. “Xen”), but then I can not select location…

    February 4, 2020 @ 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Great suggestion, thank you. We will look into this.

      February 24, 2020 @ 1:03 pm | Reply
  20. Pinkie11:

    More tutorials, I saw you published a lot last year, they were great, really helpful, though there could be more – I had to google for some things not covered

    February 4, 2020 @ 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We are working to add more tutorials to Low End Box. Right now we are hiring writers.

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:36 pm | Reply
  21. Robert Klauco:

    VPS with big data store – for private cloud storage.

    February 4, 2020 @ 4:27 pm | Reply
  22. Jon Biloh:

    I’ve noticed that the reply nesting for comments seems to be broken here, so I am looking into that. Anyone have any idea why or what might be causing it?

    I like some of the following suggestions:

    1. VPS with big storage

    2. VPS focused for forex

    3. Not only Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers, you guys need to add the other countries festival offers also like Diwali, It is new year for India. Chinese new year for Chinese etc.

    4. I’d like to see better search capability. As of now, there is “Looking for Cheap VPS?” box where I can search by location tag (i.e. “United Kingdom”), but I can not select the whole “Europe” or multiple countries at once. Or I can search by virtualization (i.e. “Xen”), but then I can not select location…

    5. It would be nice to have some Canadian options.

    February 4, 2020 @ 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Just wanted to report that nested comments are fixed guys. :)

      February 6, 2020 @ 10:36 pm | Reply
  23. Zoda:

    More European options.

    February 4, 2020 @ 9:43 pm | Reply
  24. Cheap OpenVZ and KVM VPS around $10-$20/Year.

    February 5, 2020 @ 12:32 am | Reply
  25. Dmitry Sychov:

    I want to stop seeing ads of 1 server VPS startups

    February 5, 2020 @ 8:09 am | Reply
  26. Rakesh:

    India, under the Asia / Pacific region in menus.

    February 5, 2020 @ 8:22 am | Reply
  27. tdwuk:

    Love the offers, keep them coming!
    As a beginner, I would like more tutorials and guide from the experienced folks here rather than having to go and watch other noobs on YouTube.

    – list of recommended providers
    – recommendations for new VPS installs/setups – i.e. must do for security etc
    – control panel recommendations
    – specific function recommendations i.e. what VPS for a mailserver, multi WordPress server, storage etc

    I appreciate, most of this is newbie stuff but it would be great to have a somewhere to go where actual pros in this give advice.
    Thanks :)

    February 5, 2020 @ 9:13 am | Reply
  28. Jon Biloh:

    Thanks for the feedback guys, keep it coming, this is really helpful.

    February 5, 2020 @ 12:39 pm | Reply
  29. D.M.T.:

    I would like to see better vetting of some of the new “players”. It’s well and good to promote new people, but require enough information so only “real” businesses can show up.

    Also make sure the tags match the offers. Like if I am looking for a KVM offer, I get other offers that didn’t even have a KVM type listed.

    February 5, 2020 @ 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Better vetting is something we agree with. We’re working to enhance that now. On the tags we’ll pay closer attention to that too.

      February 24, 2020 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
  30. Vernessa Taylor:

    +1 for Better (and more) search options. And then some advanced search options, something probably built especially for LEB. For example: search by date (last 3 months, holiday specials, last year only, etc.), search by provider, search by features (RAM, disk size, number of IP addresses, etc.).

    This would be great!

    February 5, 2020 @ 11:39 pm | Reply
  31. stop the bad hosting providers

    February 6, 2020 @ 8:44 am | Reply
  32. lame_RACKNERD:

    agree with @marching

    “stop the bad hosting providers”

    Hosts like RACKNERD that have owners with a bad history need to go

    February 6, 2020 @ 12:40 pm | Reply
  33. Dmitry Sychov:

    > Hosts like RACKNERD that have owners with a bad history need to go

    whats up with RackNerd? they look pretty solid
    I like the adequacy of their offers

    February 6, 2020 @ 1:45 pm | Reply
  34. Dmitry Sychov:

    I again thought about what i’d like to see and came up with the following:

    – estimate number of already active VPS nodes per VPS provider ad, so that I can filter out several-boxes startups

    February 6, 2020 @ 5:45 pm | Reply
  35. Hello,
    We’re doing quite well as a company, we’re healthy, sustainable and lots of positive feedback is being distributed by our end users. I have dealt with many customers over the years, and a lot know me as a solid individual and can vouch for that.

    What you’re referencing is simply a rumor, sadly. This rumor has also already been addressed. Now you’re simply re-distributing a rumor, in addition to creating an online username that is targeted towards our company in attempt to tarnish our name. Or perhaps, you truly believe everything you read online. I’m not entirely sure, but I wish you well.

    February 6, 2020 @ 5:52 pm | Reply
  36. Hi Dmitry!
    Thank you so much! Appreciate the support, we’re rapidly expanding and doing our best to create attractive promotions, most importantly providing services end users can count on.

    February 6, 2020 @ 5:55 pm | Reply
  37. Ramesh:

    Very good suggestion.

    February 7, 2020 @ 12:21 am | Reply
  38. Jon Biloh:

    Low End Box has now been moved to the new hosting platform, all plugins are updated and the back end is updated. The website should be faster now too.

    We also removed a handful of ads.

    We also added links to Discord (instead of IRC) and cleaned up some of the older posts and older content.

    More improvements on the way!

    February 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm | Reply
  39. Hi Jon!
    Loving the work you and the team are putting into LEB/LET. This community is amazing, happy to see that you’re running it.

    Keep crushing it.

    February 7, 2020 @ 3:10 pm | Reply
  40. Jon Biloh:

    We’re definitely doing the work that’s long overdue. Lots of positive stuff on the way. Glad you are enjoying the website Dustin and hope your hosting stuff is going well.

    February 7, 2020 @ 6:18 pm | Reply
  41. Jonathan Rodriguez:

    more reliable offers…I have signed up for 3 providers the last year and paid yearly only to see them close 3-6 montsh after and lose my money.

    February 7, 2020 @ 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We’re working to focus on providers with longer positive track records rather than so many startups.

      February 24, 2020 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
  42. Traz:

    More low-end dedicated servers

    February 7, 2020 @ 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      What types of servers, budgets and locations interest you most?

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:01 pm | Reply
  43. Pauline Tastie:

    Cut out Colocrossing resellers

    February 9, 2020 @ 4:12 pm | Reply
  44. Hi Jon,

    You, Frank and LET / LEB teammates are doing a great job and pleasant to see that you are asking end users as well as providers feedback to improve the communities.

    Kind regards,
    – Mitesh

    February 10, 2020 @ 9:28 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Thanks for the compliments!

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:44 pm | Reply
  45. Hi Jon,

    Please check nested comments are still not fixed.

    Kind regards,

    – Mitesh
    HostNamaste

    February 10, 2020 @ 11:32 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Should be fixed now, hopefully for good. It was a bug caused by a plugin that stopped it from working.

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:47 pm | Reply
  46. umggc:

    Hoping to see two things. One, more options in non-US locations. Secondly, more promotions from established providers, even if their offerrings are more expensive. Along with the offerings, provide some info about their track record. Over the years, I ordered 4 VPSs here. But one ordered last year went out of business.

    February 11, 2020 @ 2:59 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We are working with larger providers to submit exclusive deals for Low End Box. Great suggestion, thank you!

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:54 pm | Reply
  47. alin carter:

    In a age of growing cyber-threats many people are wondering what the best VPN for android, what the best VPN for iOS may turn out to be? FastestVPN opened its doors to the public in 2017 with the goal of providing cheap but reliable security. So choose their service when your in doubt, you wont regret it!

    February 11, 2020 @ 6:17 am | Reply
  48. Jimmy:

    Nested comments are not working LOL

    February 12, 2020 @ 6:35 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      They are working now. A bug with a YoastSEO plugin was causing them not to work.

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:45 pm | Reply
  49. Ginz:

    More Australian/New Zealand options

    February 12, 2020 @ 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      The price point is hard to achieve in AU/NZ but we are working on this.

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:33 pm | Reply
  50. Shirin:

    Jon, when can you apply these feedbacks or you are just asking and asking!

    February 13, 2020 @ 8:05 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Lots has already been implemented and more to come. If you scroll down towards the end of the comments you can see the big list of changes already completed.

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:45 pm | Reply
  51. William M Fawthrop:

    Deeper/stricter vetting of hosts before posting they’re offers/promos. So we can try to avoid situations like what happened with kudo hosting.

    February 14, 2020 @ 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We are actively working with the Low End Talk community to better vet hosts published on LEB. This is a work in progress.

      February 25, 2020 @ 4:51 pm | Reply
  52. Jon Biloh:

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks again for the feedback! We are taking notes.

    On the nested comment issue, it seems to work with Chrome all the time. Firefox it does not work as well in my experience. What are you guys seeing?

    February 15, 2020 @ 10:16 am | Reply
  53. I would like to see offers on:
    1. Directadmin/cPanel/other Panel shared/reseller hosting
    2. VPS for game servers
    3. Hosts accepting bitcoins apart from Paypal
    4. Local hosting companies from Asian and European markets (Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Luxembourg, etc.)

    Also, the web hosts should be minimum 1 year old and registered business if they want to post dirt-cheap deals like for example $10/yr 500GB reseller plan!

    February 16, 2020 @ 10:06 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      We have a great Sydney and Singapore offer coming tomorrow.

      Thanks for the excellent feedback, we will work on these suggestions.

      February 26, 2020 @ 11:46 am | Reply
  54. leungT:

    Please . NO MORE colocrossing none for 1 year will be good

    Make evidence of no more scams.

    No confidence in buying now.

    February 17, 2020 @ 6:15 am | Reply
  55. Julio:

    i never see here, offers from latin america, and africa. search for prices in countrys how arg or south africa and put here.

    February 17, 2020 @ 9:16 am | Reply
  56. Jon Biloh:

    Thanks for the feedback Julio, we will keep an eye on what we can do for those regions.

    On a separate topic, does anyone have an idea why the inline comments are not working?

    February 18, 2020 @ 9:25 am | Reply
  57. Hexistentialist:

    How about more low end dedicated servers?

    February 18, 2020 @ 9:35 pm | Reply
  58. Drew:

    -Better tracking of how many of any of the services or discounts exist and/or are available.
    -Eliminate or archive old posts with discontinued offers
    -Better layout – comparisons of specs for active, verified offers for instance

    February 18, 2020 @ 11:05 pm | Reply
  59. Jon Biloh:

    Thanks for the additional feedback everyone.

    I am still trying to fix the nested comment issue. Has anyone seen this issue before?

    February 19, 2020 @ 10:39 am | Reply
  60. Yes Jon, I have seen the problems with nested comments from WordPress and mostly happens related to custom themes. Please discuss with the LEB’s WP Theme developer to fix it.

    February 20, 2020 @ 7:24 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Nested comments are fixed, it was an issue with YoastSEO.

      February 25, 2020 @ 4:51 pm | Reply
  61. Jon Biloh:

    Hello Everyone,

    The work continues to improve our community and the websites behind it. I wanted to provide a review of what we’ve done the last two weeks along with what is coming the next couple of weeks:

    Completed in the past two weeks as of 2/13/2020:

    1. New hosting platform setup entirely on virtualized resources at numerous hosting providers.

    2. CloudFlare setup and migrated for both LEB and LET

    3. Low End Box WP and plugins all updated.

    4. Low End Box moved to new hosting platform

    5. Low End Talk environment prepared on new hosting platform, migration scheduled for 2/16/2020 — Updated, this was completed as scheduled tonight!

    6. Low End Talk plugins updated

    7. Low End Talk email fixed and SSL fixed

    8. Low End Talk registration fixed

    9. New writer hired (and discussed rules with her so mistakes happen less often)

    10. Hired community member Northern (on discord) to write 4 tutorials per month

    11. Discussed future of LEB and LET and my commitment to making our community better with @trewq at length and discussed specific ideas we could implement. Started the same conversation with the balance of the moderation team.

    12. Fixed the LET help desk (which we’ll officially start using shortly, pending convo with the mods)

    13. Got on Discord so I am readily available to anyone who needs me

    14. Updated and cleaned up the LEB help desk

    15. Removed all references to Deluxe and ColoCrossing

    16. Removed all static banner ads

    17. Reduced the amount of ad positions available through BSA to increase the value to our advertisers

    18. Shuffled some content positioning to make LEB and LET a little cleaner

    19. Updated some of the old LEB content pages to make things more consistent and uniform.

    20. Answered a whole lot of questions on LET and Discord

    21. Posted this thread on LET and a thread on LEB asking for feedback

    22. Gained access to all social platforms and posted on Facebook for the first time

    Additional Items Completed as of 2/21/2020:

    1. Low End Box email subscriber form on the main page is fixed. It will now send you a confirmation email upon joining and then send you notices each time a new offer is submitted.

    2. A second Low End Box tutorial writer from our community has been hired to provide paid content.

    3. A social integration has been completed for Low End Box so that posts are automatically pushed to Facebook

    4. A voting system to allow users to rate offers has been added to Low End Box

    5. Prep and testing is underway to update Low End Talk’s vanilla installation, which is scheduled for next weekend.

    6. Work continues to troubleshoot why nested comments are not working on Low End Box… working theory is it’s CloudFlare related

    7. Low End Box and Low End Talk email are now sending via Amazon SES

    8. The Low End Talk helpdesk has been cleared down of all old tickets and all new tickets have been replied to, or nearly all. Thanks to our mod team for their great work there.

    9. The Low End Talk helpdesk now properly sends email confirmations upon ticket submissions to the end user

    10. The Low End Box helpdesk has been cleared down and all old tickets replied to and closed. We’ve received a lot of new offers recently so we’re going to be working to get those written up the next few weeks

    11. More work has been done to clean up the back ends and remove old static ads from HVH, ChicagoVPS and ColoCrossing

    12. We’ve been making changes to Low End Box offers that do not conform to our rules or have other issues (thank you community for pointing these things out).

    13. We are investigating a bug with the mobile LET theme

    14. We are monitoring the loads on the new hosting platform and making changes as needed to make sure the websites stay super fast and stable.

    In addition to all of that we are still working to make a bunch of other changes as previously described. More is on the way.

    February 22, 2020 @ 6:01 pm | Reply
    • A lot of positive movement, love it! Good work Jon and team.

      February 24, 2020 @ 3:58 pm | Reply
      • Jon Biloh:

        Thanks Dustin, we are working hard to improve things.

        February 26, 2020 @ 11:46 am | Reply
  62. Grum:

    Email notification of offers, filtered by tag.

    February 24, 2020 @ 8:24 am | Reply
    • Jon Biloh:

      Please signup to our “Newsletter” on the right hand side of LEB and you’ll be notified by email of new offers. :)

      February 24, 2020 @ 12:30 pm | Reply
      • Grum:

        I did that, but there’s no feedback that the entered email address has been accepted, should there be?

        If not, then there’s another suggestion for you. ;)

        In any case, I appear not to be receiving notifications.

        February 24, 2020 @ 7:02 pm | Reply
        • Jon Biloh:

          Did you get an email asking you to confirm the email submission?

          February 24, 2020 @ 8:46 pm | Reply
          • Grum:

            Nope.

            February 27, 2020 @ 5:47 pm
  63. Om123:

    Minor request: On the right side of the main page, there is a small panel with “Latest Comments”. Is there a way to extend the number of entries? Two suggestions, click to another page with a longer list of the latest comments, or make the main page list expandable/collapsible with more comments. Sometimes I want to see what the latest comments are but more than 5 have been posted by the time I check the site, and then it takes some clicking through and scrolling through several of the recent posts… Just an idea, or maybe there’s already a way to view these that I just don’t know about?

    Otherwise, my main suggestions for the site have already been expressed above (e.g. more low end dedicated server offers, cheap but legit KVM offers in the $20-$30/year range or less, cheap KVM storage offers, more research to help avoid people/companies that run away with people’s money or offer bad services, etc.)

    It’s difficult to maintain a site that caters to everyone, as we all have different requirements and preferences, but over the years, this site (along with LET) has helped me to find providers that mostly match what I’m looking for, and has helped to avoid a lot of headaches. I’d guess that everyone who has purchased from an offer featured here has probably at one time or another been duped, it’s happened to a lot of us. It’s difficult to avoid this, and there is risk in every provider we sign up with, and everyone’s experience here helps to make this site a great resource. I appreciate everyone’s contribution to making this site what it is, from the people behind the site, like Jon Biloh, and whoever else is behind the site, to everyone who takes the time to report back their experiences.

    February 26, 2020 @ 1:06 pm | Reply
  64. Om123:

    Oh, also, no offense, but I second a ban (or limitation) on ColoCrossing-related offers. I’ve had bad experiences with more than one of these, the worst was with a company that was run by someone currently working at ColoCrossing. There have been so many people complaining about ColoCrossing that it might do the community better to take a break from them for a while. The potential for conflicts of interest can also cause credibility problems in the long run.

    February 26, 2020 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

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