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    Exclamation how do you host your RoR app?

    I'm curious as to the best way to host a RoR app. I've read shared hosting isn't all that great, what are the other options and what have you chosen? Semi Dedicated, Dedicated, VPS, etc? I'm expecting something in the neighborhood of less than 250 unique visitors a day. If you have a live example, post the URL too please. I'm always interesting in seeing what other people are doing with RoR. Thanks.
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    I use a textdrive.com shared hosting for testing RoR and it works fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    I use a textdrive.com shared hosting for testing RoR and it works fine
    On the other hand, I've used textdrive and they weren't very good. My server was going down almost weekly it seemed.

    You may want to consider Railsmachine - a bit pricier than shared hosting but you get what you pay for - I've read lots of good reports and it has some cool rake tasks for getting things up and running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Redpath
    On the other hand, I've used textdrive and they weren't very good. My server was going down almost weekly it seemed.

    You may want to consider Railsmachine - a bit pricier than shared hosting but you get what you pay for - I've read lots of good reports and it has some cool rake tasks for getting things up and running.
    Well I've never had a problem with TD since 4 months when I first started using them. I found them simply on the RoR .org site where they were described as the official Ruby on Rails host !! so I didn't look further especially that their price was quite good

    I must say I am not hosting any functional sites there so I am not checking the uptime etc...

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    You shouldn't have any problems on shared hosting with a 250 visitor per day site. Worry about VPS and dedicated servers later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    You shouldn't have any problems on shared hosting with a 250 visitor per day site. Worry about VPS and dedicated servers later.
    sure I believe that even Dreamhost shared plans are getting better for RoR and especially faster

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    I went the VPS route after trying to run a Typo blog on Dreamhost. It was just too slow and inconsistent.

    My VPS setup's Apache 2.2 + mod_proxy_balancer + mongrel_cluster at the moment, seems to be running fine and smoothly after some initial teething pains with deployment on a memory-starved VPS.

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    anyone use Westhost.com VPS?

    I've looked at hosting from a myriad of solutions. I know you get what you pay for, but we also are bootstrapping this web application. So, we want something to scale as needed with our hopeful growth.

    Any suggestions on VPS hosting? Anyone use Westhost.com?

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    For VPS, I would recommend KnownHost. If you want a VPS aimed towards Ruby on Rails Rails Machine is the way to go (Amazing set up, and Zed Shaw, the author of Mongrel, helps run them.).

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    I actually just bought a cheap package from http://www.collarhosting.com which offers ruby on rails hosting, so its just as simple as uploading the files on the server, but the files go in the cgi bin I think instead of public_html

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    i'm also a user of railsmachine.com
    i got the basic vps account. their online tech support has been fantastic.

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    rather than going for a VPS, you can always get a shared hosting with ROR and high space and bandwidth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killsaby
    rather than going for a VPS, you can always get a shared hosting with ROR and high space and bandwidth.

    I use site5.com best service
    I use site5 too, and for a site used by 250 visitors (like the first post says) you'd have a lot of spare space/bandwidth to use for other things if you wanted.

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    Can anyone tell me if Mongrel + mod_proxy has many advantages over apache (1.3) + mod_fastcgi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreaz
    Can anyone tell me if Mongrel + mod_proxy has many advantages over apache (1.3) + mod_fastcgi?
    It would crash a whole lot less, if my past experience is correct.

    What version of Apache would you be using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    It would crash a whole lot less, if my past experience is correct.

    What version of Apache would you be using?
    1.3 as I mentioned. I can use lighttpd or mongrel too, but apache is the easiest way for me.

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    If you've got problems with FastCGI, yes. Mongrel is quite a bit easier to get working (Just install a gem and start the server Webrick style.), but FastCGI is slightly faster (There are benchmarks on the TextDrive blog, not by much though.).

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    Did someone test Planet Argon rails shared hosting service? It's cheap ($15 a month) but have never seen any comment about it.

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    Hey, kfordham281 we will be launching free web hosting that supports ruby on rails in a couple of days if your interested.

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    I'm also looking for ror hosting. Found this one
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Bluehost

    but I didn't try it yet. Does someone did ?

    Thanks.

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    Old thread, but as its been brought alive recently I thought I'd add what we do. We run our own 4 server Rails Cluster with lighttpd, mongrels and mysql - works very nicely - but then again, most things you setup and manage yourself run as you would expect.

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    I have multiple accounts with Slicehost and certainly can't complain.

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    I just put together a fun little setup at work today:

    - Windows 2000 Server, SQL Server box
    - IIS on port 8000 (required for older apps that need Windows authentication)
    - IIS talks to Tomcat on port 8080
    - Mongrel on port 4xxx, Rails app installed as a service
    - Apache on port 80 proxying to IIS for some locations and Mongrel for another

    Yeah it seems pretty complex when you first look at it, but it was the only way to get 1. our older Java apps, 2. Windows authentication with some older apps, and 3. Rails apps all working on the same box. With any luck 1 and 2 should be gone over the next few months as I rewrite them all, and I can simplify this setup some

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    I've got a very similar set up to vgarcia's except I'm running 2003 server rather than 2000, and I haven't set up Apache to handle all the proxying (my apps are Intranet (company network) so having a port in the URL is manageable). However, I think I'll be going that way when mongrel clustering becomes available on Windows, so it is nice to see that some else is already working successfully on a Windows server with Apache as the front end.

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    We use our own server that runs IIS 6 on a Windows 2k3 box.

    I have ISAPI_Rewrite sitting in front intercepting calls to certain URL's and Proxy rewriting to a mongrel server ( running as a service ) on a 400x port. This way I can have multiple mongrel services running for different websites.

    I tried MediaTemple's RoR container for a personal site but their site was really slow even for php and mysql. I hear their grid server software was improved but ruby is a resource hog.

    Can't wait until mongrel can cluster on windows. I am doing 3 more RoR projects one of which is going to be on a massive dedicated server ( think 8 cores and 4gigs ) and thinking about doing that in lighty once they come out with the new features.


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