I like Kuro5hin and everything, but the price seems a bit out of proportion for what is essentially Yet Another Web-Hosting service.
What is unique from this idea that I cannot get from other hosting services? So far, all I can see is the "kuro5hin.net" at the end of my email address...
If I'm looking for a personal hosting solution, this is too expensive and offers too little. Perhaps Voxel provides indeed the best service in the world, but if I'm looking for a serious solution I'll probably consider them directly...
I don't mean that Kuro5hin.net should enter the web-hosting market as yet another competitor. I mean that's how you're presenting this idea, and in that light it doesn't look appealing.
I would expand on the "social center" concept first and make it integral to the other offers. Make the web-hosting an incidental feature, and concentrate on what kuro5hin.net could offer that would be unique in the market.
On another note: if you're offering web-hosting after all as the main service, some features that would make me consider the idea:
- Pre-installed, pre-configured Scoop or Scoop-like system. A little "kuro5hin in a box" in a subdomain of kuro5hin.net should be the basic feature of a kuro5hin-branded hosting service.
Of course, let the user have complete control to alter/hack/reconfigure/eliminate their application, but providing something for non-techies to jump in and form a web-community in a system that works and they're used to would go a long way.
- Other databases: at least PostgreSQL.
mySQL is nice for some things, most things actually, but I would never consider a host that only offers that database solution.
I have been known by some friends to use the neologism "mySQLness" to describe both badly designed databases and code that exists specifically to deal with database limitations.
- Other language solutions: I see no mention of Perl, but I suspect it's just "assumed to be there".
I would personally need a Servlet/JSP solution, but that's probably not such a common requirement... although at that price, people would expect to have either JSP or ASP.
Freedom is the freedom to say 2+2=4, everything else follows...