Review of www.dreamhost.com and the company's ability to host and support Ruby on Rails applications
We'll start with DreamHost because they are probably one of the largest and cheapest hosts that do
a good job serving Rails.
Tip: use their promo code 50OFFRAILS
to get $50.00 USD off any of their plans at signup.
We've been hosting Rails applications with DreamHost for over two years now and would highly recommend them for low-budget,
that need a huge amount of space and bandwidth to operate. They are also great for beginners who want to experiment.
The company itself is run out of a datacenter in California
(which is located in the same building as the MySpace.com guys and the hosting company iPowerWeb). They've been in operation since 1996
and have stood the test of time for keeping servers up and running and customers happy.
When we first stumbled upon DreamHost we were blown away.
A factor of 10 more disk space and bandwidth than the other hosts? 97-day full money-back guarantee?
There must have been some catch? And yes there was (we found after hours of reading up on the host)
Apparently DreamHost was once a dream
of a host
, but as a result they have expanded big time and are now facing the problem that all hosting companies
face 5-10 years into their successful business plans - old equipment, overwhelming problems, and the question
"is it really worth fixing it?"
We suspect that in 2005 DreamHost lost the fast-paced growth that they saw in previous years.
However, they seemed to turn things around in 2006 with a ton of new equipment
and, after surviving the crazy California power outages that left their building dead a couple of times in Summer 2006, they've learned their lesson.
From all the notifications and newsletters we've read, they seem like guys who actually love what they do and professionals who
can get the job done at the end of the day.
To make a long story short, we went with
and have been hosting an array of test sites and production sites with them and things are going well. They serve a good purpose.
And fear not about uptime, typing in 'uptime' right now (as of this writing on 2008-03-07) shows us:
10:28:11 up 27 days, 57 min, 3 users, load average: 3.27, 4.64, 5.30
and we've seen greater than 99.9% uptime overall.
Thus, we highly recommend DreamHost and have even posted on this page a
Rails QuickStart Guide for DreamHost customers
to help developers get their Rails apps up and running with
FastCGI in minutes.
Personally, the deciding factors for us came down to a promo code (use 50OFFRAILS
) and the 97-day guarantee,
so the final cost was about $5 a month and if things got bad we could always bail and get our money back.
Review of www.site5.com and the company's ability to host and support Ruby on Rails applications
Site5's datacenter is in New Jersey and they are operating almost 200 shared servers. They are probably one of the fastest growing companies
on the Net, have a slick new website, and have hired a team of Rails engineers to build Rails apps behind the scenes for them and for their
customers. (a good sign).
However, our personal experience with Site5 was horrible. Yes they answered support questions fast but they overstuffed our server (they actually
admitted this to us) so we had daily downtime.
More info about Site5.com coming Soon...
Review of www.textdrive.com and the company's ability to host and support Ruby on Rails applications
TextDrive is the self-proclaimed 'Official Rails Host' and are undoubtedly smart about what they're doing. Its difficult to say bad things
about a company that gives so much of their time, energy, and money toward advancing the development of Rails - but to be honest for a shared
environment you can get more hosting, better uptime, and faster support for at least half the price.
More info about TextDrive.com coming Soon...
Review of www.hostingrails.com and the company's ability to host and support Ruby on Rails applications
HostingRails is an excellent hosting company that focuses specifically on Rails - biggest bonus is that they sell dedicated memory and Mongrel hosting
setups for less than $10 USD / mo.
You can get your app speeding along there by ordering a Mongrel cluster proxyed behind Apache2 with mod_proxy_balancer,
which is awesome because that's what the main Ruby on Rails website uses. Being as curious as we are we purchased a "Business plan" account for this
site (RailsHosting.org) and things are running great - ten times faster than the FastCGI setup we had with our previous host.
They've been in operation since the beginning of 2006 and provide
high-quality 24/7 support for Rails (i.e. they actually offer to deploy your Rails app for you) and the oppurtunity for
They have nice documentation for Rails apps
- which was a huge perk for us.
Their datacenter is in Dallas, Tx - and the company has excellent options for you to scale up, even to VPS
More info about HostingRails.com coming Soon...
Review of www.railsplayground.com and the company's ability to host and support Ruby on Rails applications
RailsPlaygound has been rockn' the Rails scene since 2005 and has a strong base of extremely happy clients. We're one of them. We've been hosting
some of our larger projects on their dedicated servers and they have done an excellent job with support and network uptime. We know their
other hosting is solid as well - you really can't go wrong with these guys.
More reviews are on the way...