On Apr 14, 6:48 pm, “firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com
A VPS is not needed for small rails applications, and it would require
some knowledge about Linux administration, Apache, Mongrel, etc.
The problem with shared hosts isn’t necessarily your small application
– it’s often the other guy’s big application. There’s simply no way
around it; Rails requires a decent chunk of dedicated RAM to be
useful. I’m not trying to be a detractor here – that’s just one of
the trade-offs you need to be aware of. I don’t think it’s a
coincidence that the number of places offering decent-but-low-end VPS
solutions has increased dramatically with the growing popularity of
There are plenty of places today that offer incredibly affordable VPS
solutions, and attaining “some knowledge about Linux administration”,
etc. is an investment you won’t regret. If you’re really trying to
learn Ruby/Rails (or any other platform for that matter) you also need
to understand the environment that supports it. That doesn’t mean you
need all of the skills of a great sysadmin, but you should be able to
– for example – install a base Linux system and get it to the point
of serving a Rails application.
If you decide you do want to use shared hosting, I agree with Maykel
that you should consider one of the providers he mentioned over
GoDaddy. You’ll certainly have better luck with one of them since they
have made official Rails support part of their core offering.