Top 5 hosts for beginning Rails developers

Posted by Collin on 06/13/2011 in Rails Hosting Information, DreamHost, HostGator, LiquidWeb, Heroku, and IXWebHosting.

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.

  1. DreamHost (shared): DreamHost is the best in the cheap shared hosting business. They offer plans that start at $8.95 a month, which include huge bandwidth, tons of disk space, and quality customer service. DreamHost is an employee owned, family oriented business made up of employees who care about your Ruby on Rails project. Dreamhost has carried Ruby on Rails since 2005 and runs the latest version of Ruby on Rails, a lengthy list of preinstalled gems and a large knowledge base you can go to when you have questions you need answered quickly.

  2. HostGator (shared): HostGator’s “Hatchling” plan starts you out with solid Rails support, tons of Ruby Gems, 24/7 support, the ability to host unlimited Ruby websites, shell access, and tons of bandwidth/disk space to play with . For $3.96 a month you can get started with a hosting plan from HostGator and get a feel for hosting your applications in a shared environment.

  3. Heroku (Free service tier): Heroku is a cloud aplication platform built specifically for Ruby. The Heroku service allows developers to spend 100% of their effort focusing on coding and not on server management and application deployment. Heroku’s free tier is well suited for running light weight apps. It is perfect for the beginning developer trying to launch their first app on a hosted server. The free service tier includes a single free dyno and a free shared database.

  4. LiquidWeb (shared): Liquid Web offers Rails hosting with no contracts. This is great for all you beginning Rails developers who are just testing the waters. Additionally, if your website does take off, LiquidWeb offers flexible pricing that is appropriated to the bandwidth and size of your website with the option of moving to one of their VPS or dedicated servers should you so choose.

  5. IXWebHosting (shared): IXWebHosting offers starter plans beginning at $3.95 a month. The starter plan comes with features like unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 3 free domain names (with a one year contract) and 15 dedicated IP’s. IXWebHosting also offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can rest assured that if you aren’t satisfied with your hosting experience with them, you can get your money back.