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Nick S. (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 18:00

I need the help of the Rails community. I have just launched a new
website to compare and review Ruby on Rails hosting companies, This site is created out of pure
frustation. I have literally spend days searching and comparing possible
hosting companies to host my Rails projects. It is really hard to find
good information about the various hosting companies. And even more so
on their capabilities of hosting Rails.

It is impossible for me to test them all. So I need your help! Do you
know a good Rails hosting company, please suggest it at the site. I have
already added some fine Ruby on Rails hosting companies, so you get an
idea of the end product. If you have an opinion about the companies that
are already added, please post your review. And help to make it a little
easier for others to choose a good Rails hosting company.

All help and comments are welcome. Thanks.

Kind regards,

Scott M. (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 18:29
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Nick S. wrote:
> Nick
Good idea, signed up and suggested one already.
Would be nice to sort on attributes, i.e. disk space/bandwidth/cost
etc., rather than just price.
Daniel H. (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 18:46
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Hi Nick,

I get an application error when I try to use your contact form

Nick S. (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 22:07
At Scott: Thanks Scott for the suggestion, I will add it within a few
minutes. By the way it is possible to sort on attributes, like disk
space, bandwidth, etc. The sort bar is located just above the blue table
header. Maybe I should integrate it in the table. What do you think?

At Daniel: thanks for reporting the error. It has been fixed now. Your
message got saved, so I have submitted my site to and
hopefully I get some good usability pointers. Be though!

To all who suggested hosting companies and placed a review. Thank you.
And keep them coming!

Kind regards,

unknown (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 22:46
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I see you're using Solr for text search. Did you look into using Ferret
at all?

Not to knock Solr (, which I assume
is fine, just curious since it would have saved you from running a Java
servlet container on the box.

 - Brian
Nick S. (Guest)
on 2007-01-08 23:44
Hi Brian,

I most certainly looked at Ferret. I used it from day one, back in 2005.
Ferret was the reason I made the definite switch to Rails. I was looking
for a good search engine that was comparable to Lucene, but I didn't
want to learn Java (Spring, Hibernate, ...). I tested it for half a year
and it worked quite nicely. But back than it was written completely in
Ruby, so it was way slower than Lucene. And David was in the process of
porting it completely to a C version, which resulted in no C Windows
version and an alpha and later a beta status. So at that time I didn't
consider it stable enough to use it in production.

Erik H. author of the Lucene in Action book posted a message to the
Ferret list telling about Solr. I even posted a reply telling that using
Solr was too completed because of the dependency of Java and
Tomcat/Jetty. But after I had tested it, I saw its power. It is really
easy to use, extremely fast and it has some nice features like caching
and faceted searching and even a ruby output (instead of the default xml
output). Now all my projects are based around Solr and Rails.

Ferret is much more stable these days and a lot faster. David has done a
really good job. So if you aren't into Java, are you like to keep it
simple, Ferret is the way to go.

Kind regards,

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