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Each week my co-host and I discuss one small but attainable goal you can accomplish on the way to becoming a more awesome person. I'm particularly proud of our two most recent episodes (#17 and #18): Learning to debunk Internet myths and expanding your musical horizons. I hope you'll give the show a try, and I'd be eternally grateful for a review on iTunes.
End of shameless self-promotion.
Actually, there's a connection between that and today's deal: The website for my other podcast, Battlestar Recaptica, is hosted by an outfit called Webhostface, and my only complaint with it is I paid a much higher price for my first year of service.
Luckily for you, the same service can be yours for almost nothing. For a limited time, you can get one year of Webhostface Standard for $6.90. That would normally cost you $82.80. Even if you head to Webhostface proper and take advantage of the company's current 50-percent-off promotion, you'd pay $41.40.
The Standard plan includes 15GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email accounts and access to the Weebly sitebuilder tool, which I've used and like quite a bit. You also get a free domain name, but if you want to transfer an existing domain, Webhostface's knowledge base will help walk you through the process. Update: According to the deal page, the free domain is not included. My apologies for the error! Not sure why that's the case when it's normally included with these plans.
That plan does limit you to a single site -- if you want to host multiple ones, a one-year Ultima plan is available for just $39.80. Regular price: $238.80. It doubles your storage to 30GB and allows you to host an unlimited number of sites. (Here's a comparison of the two plans so you can get the full rundown of what's included in each.)
Obviously there are a zillion web hosts out there, but I like the idea of getting an entire year for less than $7 -- that's plenty of time to make sure it suits your needs. If so, great. If not, move on to another host with very little financial harm done.
Your thoughts? While you're mulling that over, be sure to check out CNET's web-hosting section, which includes lots of related deals and reviews.
Bonus deal: Writing takes discipline, and the fewer distractions that get in the way, the better. Perhaps you've seen those full-screen writing tools that block out your desktop? Browser-based BlankPage works much like that, but adds organization and goal-tracking to the mix. And for a limited time, you can get a lifetime BlankPage subscription for $24. It normally runs $10 per month or $100 annually, so this is definitely a steal if you find it useful. (My advice: Sign up for a trial first.) Unlike most of the freebie distraction-minimizing tools, this one lets you export to Docx format when you're ready to do your editing.
Bonus deal 2: Big monitors for all! For a limited time, Quill has the AOC e2470swd 24-inch desktop monitor for $99.99 shipped. Whaaaat? Okay, I've seen this on offer once or twice before, but it's still ah-maze-ing. It's a fairly entry-level model, with only VGA and DVI inputs (no HDMI), but the reviews on both Quill and Amazon are extremely high, and AOC backs the monitor with a 3-year warranty. Unless you specifically need HDMI or built-in speakers, this is a rockin' deal.
Bonus deal 3: You've got the big TV, now round out your home theater with killer sound. Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the Onkyo SKS-HT594 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos speaker system for $240, plus $5 for shipping. Price elsewhere: at least twice as much. Indeed, when CNET reviewed it last year, the six-piece rig would have set you back $600 -- and that steep price was one of the main complaints. At $245 out the door, this is a pretty amazing buy.