How to sign up for a free hobby server

A few months ago, I found out about, a free web host for hobbyists. This server is hosted by someone awesome who decided to make this resource freely available! 

Unlike Neocities, Leprd is not a static website host. It hosts fully-fledged web applications, such as (but not limited to!) WordPress. This means you can host tools that require a database as a back-end!

Leprd does not allow SSH access, which means you cannot host projects that rely on node.js or SSH access.

You don’t need to know how to code in order to use it, but knowing how to code will allow you to more fully take advantage everything it has to offer. 

I personally use Leprd to host my PHP/SQL projects along with some basic self-hosted web apps that I installed via Softaculous. Softaculous is a software manager where you just find what you need, click “Install”, put in some set up info and bam, your app is ready to use!

Here are a few examples of the things you can host on Leprd that are available from the Softaculous store:

  • Blogs
  • Content Management Systems (e.g., WordPress)
  • Image Galleries
  • Guestbooks
  • Surveys
  • Wikis

Setting up some of these things may be difficult if you’ve never used a server control panel before.

That’s why I’m going to be writing a series of guides for use with a free Leprd account. These guides could also be used with a pretty standard cPanel installation – they’re not Leprd-exclusive!

Also note that the Leprd plans have limitations. If you exceed the limitations, the owner says they will work with you, but you’ll probably want to look into setting up your own server at that point. That said, the limit is pretty generous, except for disk space - but that’s understandable, because they probably don’t want you uploading large media files like videos or mp3s. 

If your account is inactive for more than three months, it will be suspended and eventually terminated, which allows the maintainer to make space for new applicants.

Leprd uses cPanel as a control panel for server management. cPanel was the first control panel I learned to use, and after having to try multiple free alternatives, I can say it’s the best, most intuitive, and easiest to use. Even if you bought your own server, to use cPanel nowadays, you need a license, and the cheapest one is $15/month.

Please be mindful of the limitations and rules of what you are allowed to host with Leprd.

Most of all, have fun!

Hey, thanks for reading! If you have any questions, you can leave me a comment and I always try to reply.

If you have any suggestions on how I can improve this article, please let me know!

This website is not monetized in any way. It purely exists to help others on their web-building journey. However, if you have the means to donate toward my server costs, I have a ko-fi account where I accept tips.

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