I’m in the same predicament here, and here are the things to consider
- Are you trying to run a business? if so, how important is your
If you are charging for a service, uptime becomes very important! If you
have lots of downtime, you are opening your business for a lawsuit. Also
the fact that your services are down, will disappoint many, and they
will be driven away, and you will make no money.
- Can you provide reliable service at home? Here are things to
Connection Speed!!! We are considering using bonded T1, for a total
3mbps. This might be enough to begin with for us, since we are doing
lots of video streaming. But we can increment as needed. The cost though
is $850 a month. If you plan to have lots of traffic make sure your
connection can handle it, otherwise people will not come back.
Have at least two servers instead of one. Go to ebay and get a couple of
P4 towers, or just one more to complement your exsisting setup. Keep the
same OS and settings in both, and run a daily script to backup all of
your data; mysql, ror, etc…
Battery Back ups, or a small power generator is a must! Depending in
your location, ensure you have enough power, for the rate of power
outages with in your area. Make sure you can cover all of the equipment.
The other alternative; web hosting with someone else:
Tech support is a must, when runnig web apps! If you can not quickly
troubleshoot your server, the site goes down, and people will not come
Can they support your software needs? ROR, Rmagick, Mysql, tinymce,
Can they support your hardware needs? Space, server speeds, connection
speeds, all at a price that you can afford?
With all that said, shop around here is what I found, they seem to have
incredible packages, but I’m still not convienced about their tech
Hope this helps