I’m not looking for vendor recommendations or dis-recommendations –
I’m looking for the right questions, not the right answers
I’m giving a talk in a couple of weeks which has to include a segment on
how to pick a good shared hosting service. The audience are
institutional clients looking to support web-apps ranging from
organizational intranets to public-access data sites to collaboration
services: they’re not looking for $3/mo, they’re looking for
reliability/uptime guarantees, assurances that their information will be
secure on the host’s servers, etc. They’re also looking for two basic
types of services: generic hosting (run your own custom app); and
collaboration services appservers (like Basecamp).
Hosting services are not my area of expertise, but I know that many of
the people on this list have built apps and found hosts for many
clients. I’m wondering if you have any wisdom to share about how to
identify a reliable, high-quality host?
- What do you look for?
- How do you know when you have found it?
- How do you tell the wheat from the chaff?
The audience are current & potential Rails users, so Rails-specific
advice is welcome, but so is advice that goes beyond specific platforms.
Any advice much appreciated! --CJ