In addition to the things you'd normally look for in a host, if you're going to be running a Rails app go with a company that offers:
Do you have a deep care for our environment and the impact we have on it? Do you fall asleep at night dreaming about recycling and hybrid cars? Is your company one with more recycling bins than trash cans? If so, we found 5 hosts that you may want to check out. Whether it be through solar power or low energy usage technology, these 5 hosts are making efforts to keep environmental impact at a minimum.
Want your host to offer service with a smile? There are many Rails developers looking for a place to host their applications, and there are increasingly more hosting companies that “support” Rails. However, not all hosts are created equal. This is most clearly seen in their support teams. Not all support teams offer the same level of service. We have made a list of 5 hosts we think you should make note of who support Rails, and the service level you can expect from them. Keep in mind this is not a complete list of hosts that support Rails, just 5 that we think you should pay attention to for support quality and attention to Rails customers.Read more »
Starting a new company? Ever wonder where your Rails host got its start? We looked into the backgrounds of several top Rails hosts to find out what started the machine, and what keeps it greased. It’s interesting to note that most (if not all) of the bigger hosting companies don’t have much financial history information readily available.Read more »
Heroku is a leading Ruby on Rails hosting provider that prides itself on having a focused, easy to use and reliable service for hosting Rails. Heroku is excited to announce that as of June 1st, 2011 they are releasing their new Cedar stack into public beta. The new version of Heroku has previously been tested in alpha and private beta by hundreds of developers and Heroku customers. It is now ready for a public beta.Read more »
Looking for a place to host your first Rails app? Maybe you just have no idea what to look for in a host. If you are a developer who is just starting out with Rails then you need to know a few things. First, a lot of hosts don’t know what they are doing when it comes to supporting Rails. Second, a lot of hosts just flat don’t support the framework at all. With many hosts you really have to do your homework to make sure that your hosting experience will be a success. We have compiled a list of 5 hosting companies that are worthwhile for developers who are just starting out and are looking for a place to host their first applications.Read more »
If you’re out there looking for a Ruby on Rails version of free PHP hosting, there are a few options to choose from.Your first choice is going to be Heroku. They are the absolute leader in free Rails hosting. Their free plan offers a single dino and shared server space to get you up and running for free. The free tier works well for staging, testing, and running small apps. If your app grows and you get a ton of traffic the option to upgrade to a paid plan is simple and hassle free. Your second choice is HelioHost. The free plan from HelioHost includes "unlimited" bandwidth and .25GB of disk space, as well they offer Mongrel, Passenger, and Rails 3.0.3. HelioHost does not however offer SSH or the ability to run more than four applications on one plan. Third, check out AlwaysData. The free plan from AlwaysData offers .1GB of disk space, and 1GB bandwidth. AlwaysData's free plan also comes with restrictions such as forbidding the use of your account for profit and using your account for hosting proxies. Some companies will also occasionally offer one year of free Rails hosting in lieu of another year (or so) of paid hosting service on contract. HostingRails is one such company. They are currently offering one free year when you sign up for a "stacked", shared hosting plan. The price moves up to $7.95 a month after the first year of service and the starter plan offers the use of Mongrel, Passenger, 10GB of disk space and 100GB of bandwidth.Read more »
Don’t like any Rails hosting options you have come across? Think you could create a better hosting environment in your sleep? Do you have needs that no hosting company seems to be able to meet? Then we may have an option for you. Buying a dedicated server and reselling portions of it may be the solution for you. For many buying a reseller package is a good way for the entrepreneurial developer, with aspirations to begin a hosting company or other web venture, to start out. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about: a reseller hosting package is a type of web hosting where the reseller account or dedicated server owner can partition their allotted drive space and bandwidth to host third party applications. Not only does this allow you to rent out space on the server, but it also gives you more control over you hosting environment.Read more »
With companies like Engine Yard and Heroku offering great cloud service for Ruby on Rails developers, its hard, if not impossible to peer into the world of Rails hosting without hearing something about a company that provides cloud PaaS hosting, and the surrounding benefits. In case you haven't however, in an effort to be your go to source for all things Rails hosting related, we are going to take a look at the benefits of hosting with a company that provides Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud services.Read more »
Sure, like a drug dealer, they give you a little bit for free. But, how good is the stuff?
Heroku's main appeal is to take away the DevOps hassles and allow developers to "git push production" and not worry about what happens after the (insanely slow) deploy process. But, like most things in life, if it's too good to be true, then...yep, it's not true.
Heroku: The good, the bad, and the ugly