If I were running IndieHosters I’d love to hear from my users about how everything works out for them, and if there’s something that needs improvement. So let me give a first overall feedback to how things have worked for me so far.
I should point out that most of the issues are likely not related to IndieHosters themselves, but to Nextcloud, or to lacking support from third party apps. But I think it’s still good to know.
The main reason I decided to give IndieHosters a try was because of Nextcloud. I have been going through a series of services – also paying for them – but either they have some shady privacy practices, the software is not working as I’d like it, or there was some other issues. Nextcloud seemed to be checking a lot of boxes for me.
My experience has, unfortunately, been a bit of a mixed bag so far. I do like the features and usability of the web app, Android app and desktop client, but the latter keeps crashing on me. There’s a bug somewhere, which I have reported several times, but so far I’m still stuck with it.
Another issue I have observed, which I didn’t have with any other cloud service so far, is that Nextcloud sometimes needlessly identifies two files as conflicting. So one has always to check for that when syncing.
These two things aren’t huge deal-breakers… but they are annoying.
Once in a while (not very often) the whole thing is down (504 Gateway Time-out error), and the desktop client refuses my password and won’t connect.
This is another feature I was very interested in, but unfortunately there’s too many deal breakers.
Apparently either Nextcloud has a weird CalDAV implementation, or MacOS / iOS is very picky (the latter seems more likely). Fact is, I wasn’t able to properly sync tasks with anything but my Android phone. It just won’t work with either iOS (some versions work, others don’t) and MacOS (I’ve only tried Yosemite).
The other issue is that – so far – I wasn’t able to find a decent todo app for Android that would work with CalDAV sync and work the way I want.
I was looking for a new email address to replace gmail and getting a package with cloud and email seemed really perfect. Again, it’s not been much of a smooth ride. When sending emails from indie.host to gmail, they often end up straight in the receivers spam folder. Unfortunately gmail is still the most common mail people have.
The webmail client is not very usable in my opinion, the UI is very confusing. But I don’t really need it, IMAP works fine for me.
Btw. you forgot to renew your certificate for the mail server. At least, my email client says it’s expired.
This one actually works really well! I’m using it daily and it works nicely!