Rails Hosting


#1

Hi-

I’ve done some searching, but since there are many options, I’d like
to get some feedback from the group at large.

I have a couple of Rails apps that will likely not see too much
traffic and I would like to find a public home for them. Since these
sites are not generating any revenue for me, I’d like to find a less
expensive home.

Anyone have a suggestion, or know of a good resource, for a good, less-
expensive hosting service to get up and running?

Thanks!


#2

Sounds like a cheap shared host like Dreamhost would work ok for you.


#3

Ok, I’ll check it out. And I guess the main thing I am looking for is
a sandbox where I can test remote deploys with Cap and Git, setup the
database, basically anything I would do with a “production” level
app.

Thanks again for the suggestion, I’ll check it out.


#4

I use a small orange and I am very pleased not only with the service but
with the price. Also, if you do a search threw the forum here, you
should run into several other posts that give lists and other opinions.


#5

Ok, I’ll check it out. And I guess the main thing I am looking for is
a sandbox where I can test remote deploys with Cap and Git, setup the
database, basically anything I would do with a “production” level
app.

in that case, I’d just get a $20 slice at Slicehost.


#6

Does a “slice” allow me to have multiple apps running? For example,
say I have 2 prototypes, app1 and app2.

Can I deploy app1 and app2, and if I have the domain “app1.com” and
app2.com” can I set up the DNS to correctly map to the applications
seperately?

I’ll check out slicehost, but thought I would put that question out
there…

Thanks!


#7

I use webfaction and am very pleased. Great service and great price. I
had
to install git myself but no big deal.

Brandon

On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:50:45 -0800 (PST), Bobnation
removed_email_address@domain.invalid
wrote:

in that case, I’d just get a $20 slice at Slicehost.


Brandon Martin


#8

A $20 slice or a cheap VPS from somewhere would do the trick for
you … at least that is what it sounds like.


#9

I tried dreamhost and its pretty good for running dev applications on
shared (passenger mod_rails !)


#10

Sure,

I have multiple domains on one slice. Be aware of the type of server
you run, and how you configure it, when thinking about memory. My app
was veeery slow initially for configuration reasons.


#11

Or linode.

(no affiliation, just a happy linode customer)

dwh


#12

Pete,

Since you have multiple apps, you should look for a provider that
offers Passenger. I had a similar setup whith 3 apps, each run by 4
mongrels. Result: out of memory! With Passenger you don’t waste
resources on apps without traffic at any given moment.

Cheers, Sazima


#13

Seems like the more I dig, the more things there are to consider :slight_smile:

With Slicehost, or any VPS for that matter, it seems like you get a
machine to configure how you would like to, right? Almost like a
dedicated host, except, it’s not (if that makes sense). So if I go
with a VPS, then I am free to use, Git, Passenger, or anything I want
to…I just have to install it all myself?

Thanks again for all the feedback.


#14

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 2:48 PM, pete removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Seems like the more I dig, the more things there are to consider :slight_smile:

With Slicehost, or any VPS for that matter, it seems like you get a
machine to configure how you would like to, right? Almost like a
dedicated host, except, it’s not (if that makes sense). So if I go
with a VPS, then I am free to use, Git, Passenger, or anything I want
to…I just have to install it all myself?

Thanks again for all the feedback.

Pete,

You can also look at services (such as ours) that provides you with a
fully configured and ready-to-go deployment environment.

We make a bunch of the decisions for you so that you can focus on
coding and deploying updated versions of your applications.

Good luck!
Robby


Robby R.
Chief Evangelist, Partner

PLANET ARGON, LLC
design // development // hosting w/Ruby on Rails


http://www.robbyonrails.com/
aim: planetargon

+1 503 445 2457
+1 877 55 ARGON [toll free]
+1 815 642 4068 [fax]


#15

alexey.Creopolis wrote:

I tried dreamhost and its pretty good for running dev applications on
shared (passenger mod_rails !)

+1 for dreamhost. They’re not fast for rails aps, but definitely good
enough for testing deployment and sandbox.

Plus for $10/month for pretty much unlimited resources, it can’t hurt.

Matt


#16

For your needs, I would also have to recommend Dreamhost. You can
deploy production-ready apps through Capistrano and it is a great and
inexpensive Rails sandbox.

HOWEVER, Dreamhost is slow to a crawl. It’s actually unacceptably slow
for any webapp trying to make money… I’d venture to guess that not
many users will stick around waiting for a website after it takes
10-20 seconds just to load the damn homepage.

I am desperately seeking a super-FAST Rails host that won’t cost me an
arm-and-a-leg. I will check out all the suggestions mentioned here,
but -

Does anyone know of a host that would be able to consistently load my
[simple] website pages within ~5 seconds?

Jason


#17

jasoo24 wrote:

I am desperately seeking a super-FAST Rails host that won’t cost me an
arm-and-a-leg. I will check out all the suggestions mentioned here,
but -

Does anyone know of a host that would be able to consistently load my
[simple] website pages within ~5 seconds?

I’m not sure of current limb pricing :wink: but I can plug RailsCluster at
http://en.railscluster.nl. Starting at € 59 monthly you get a fully
clustered and load-balanced setup. This should give you the performance
that you seek.

There’s a free 30-day trial if you’d like to check that out.


Roderick van Domburg
http://www.nedforce.com


#18

On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 12:14 AM, jasoo24 removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I am desperately seeking a super-FAST Rails host that won’t cost me an
arm-and-a-leg. I will check out all the suggestions mentioned here,
but -

It really depends on what you consider, “an arm and a leg.” :wink:


Robby R.
Chief Evangelist, Partner

PLANET ARGON, LLC
design // development // hosting w/Ruby on Rails


http://www.robbyonrails.com/
aim: planetargon

+1 503 445 2457
+1 877 55 ARGON [toll free]
+1 815 642 4068 [fax]


#19

On 11 Jan 2009, at 19:26, Robby R. wrote:

On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 12:14 AM, jasoo24 removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I am desperately seeking a super-FAST Rails host that won’t cost me
an
arm-and-a-leg. I will check out all the suggestions mentioned here,
but -

It really depends on what you consider, “an arm and a leg.” :wink:

I would personally much rather pay with money.