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## Why IndieHosters?
# Why IndieHosters?
We at IndieHosters believe that the combination of [**Free, Libre and Open Source Software**](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free/Libre_Open_Source_Software) and a [Fair Web Service](http://fairwebservices.org/) is the only way to [decentralize](https://degooglisons-internet.org/) and democratize the web. It is important to bring back diversity to a monopolistic market of internet giants such as GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft), who lock in the data of their users and tie them to their services.
We at IndieHosters believe that the combination of **[Free, Libre and Open Source Software](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free/Libre_Open_Source_Software)** and a [Fair Web Service](http://fairwebservices.org/) is the only way to [decentralize](https://degooglisons-internet.org/) and democratize the web. It is important to bring back diversity to a monopolistic market, dominated by Internet giants such as GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft). They manage to control the market because they lock in the data of their users and thus tie them to their services. We at IndieHosters believe that the only way to guarantee a free and thriving web is to facilitate and ease data migration.
With InideHosters you [stay independent](https://indieweb.org/Principles) and have the same control over your data as when [self-hosting](https://degooglisons-internet.org/). In the meantime you benefit from professional expertise and share costs and ressources of hosting Free, Libre Open Source Software. The end goal of IndieHosters is maximum sustainability for your data, environment and democratization of Free and Libre Open Source Software/ Internet. IndieHosters keeps its' business model down to earth by offering products it has tested and handpicked for its own use. Therefore the non-techie user can rely on the smooth and bug-free usage of the services hosted by IndieHosters and a fair pricing model. We eat our own dogfood and adhere to all [IndieWeb principles](https://indieweb.org/Principles)!
With InideHosters you [stay independent](https://indieweb.org/Principles) and have the same freedom and control over your data as when [self-hosting](https://degooglisons-internet.org/). In europe alone there are 23 other [Nextcloud providers](https://nextcloud.com/providers/) with different features. IndieHosters offers the integration of your email into the cloud and a handpicked collection of collaboration softwares. By [eating our own dogfood](https://indieweb.org/Principles), which means by testing and electing our products for our own use, we are able to guarantee professional expertise, fair pricing and maximum sustainability for your data, [environment](https://www.hetzner.com/unternehmen/umweltschutz/?country=ot). Signing up is easy, signing out as well.
Dependent on the usefulness of additional Free and Libre Open Source Software for our general user base, the developing cost for the installation can be negotiated directly with our team. There is always a solution to expand your private digital online identity. Perhaps in the long run/ In the long run you can even consider becoming your own independent Hoster and handpicking Free, Libre and Open Source Software that you find more useful.
To get you started, our [freedom bundles](https://indie.host/) provide you with a fair alternative to google drive or dropbox. For a facebook alternative we install [Mastodon](/shop/mastodon/) or [Rocketchat](/shop/rocketchat/) for you. For your independent website chose between [Wordpress, Known](/shop/) or a [static website](https://forum.indie.host/t/easily-host-a-static-site/75). As with the bundles, you can either get a shared instance or a private one for each product in the shop.
Finally, for everyone who believes in Democracy, Freedom of Speech and Privacy, IndieHosters is the right place for your data. We are dedicated to help you build up a professional and independent web identity. With IndieHosters everything you say and publish belongs to you and the sustainability of your data is not at the mercy of Internet giants such as GAFAM. Neither is your meta data collected or sold to big companies to exercise manipulative influence over you and others. Here you don't pay with your data and neither you have to pay in order to access your meta data. Our freedom bundles provide you with a fair alternative to google drive or dropbox. For a facebook alternative we install [Mastodon](/shop/mastodon/) or [Rocketchat](/shop/rocketchat/) for you. For your independent website chose between [Wordpress, Known](/shop/) or a [static website](https://forum.indie.host/t/easily-host-a-static-site/75).
For further Free, Libre and Open Source collaboration tools, [IndieConsulting](https://blog.indie.host/2017/indieconsulting) helps you to pick and install the best ones. Pricing depends on the usefulness for our general user base and can be negotiated. Another solution in this case can be actual self-hosting and distribution of your own service to others. The more hosters the merrier!
Become a true "indie ninja", by documenting your experience in the [Forum](https://forum.indie.host/) and by helping other users to get independent. It's our web, it's our digital identity and it's your data! Get involved!
Finally, if you believe in democracy, freedom of Speech and privacy, IndieHosters is the right place for your data and your digital identity. With IndieHosters everything you say and publish belongs to you and the [sustainability of your data](https://degooglisons-internet.org/) is not at the mercy of Internet giants such as GAFAM. Your data and meta data is only collected for the purpose of internal, anonymous statistics and not sold, exploited or used to exercise manipulative influence over you and others.
It's our web, it's our digital identity and it's your data! Get libre and remember: if it's for free you are the product. ![comic about page](/img/The "free" model.jpg)
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