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Re: hosting recommendations?

From: Jamie Flournoy <jamie(at)white-mountain(dot)org>
To: Eric Theise <erictheise(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: sfpug(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: hosting recommendations?
Date: 2009-09-09 00:39:09
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Choosing a web host is like choosing a taxi cab. There are so many it's 
hard to rate them in any meaningful way.

That said, virtualization does help. I'm a big fan of just getting an 
empty slice with no control panel and setting up DNS, mail, and backups 
myself. Virtualization allows this to be cost effective (more power than 
locked down shared hosting, and cheaper than a real dedicated server). 
It also makes it easy to set up a very similar test environment on your 

I also recommend that you avoid 3rd-party web-GUI control panels such as 
CPanel. Those packages only make sense if you never, ever want to SSH 
into the server and just want it to magically work without any 
customization whatsoever. As soon as you want to do anything fancy -- 
which is why you'd want a VPS -- they just get in the way.

(I personally use RimuHosting, and I'm very happy with them.)

Eric Theise wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm working with a non-profit that hosts their site and email with an
> ISP that's probably charging them too much for what they're getting,
> which includes old software, fees per database, and no PostgreSQL.
> The non-profit is willing to shift their operations elsewhere, so I'm
> writing to see if anyone has praise for/positive experience with any
> of the ISPs listed at
> They have a modest site, maybe a dozen email addresses, a blog, and
> we're rolling out a few web-facing databases that will interact with
> php or python.
> Feel free to post to the list, to me alone, or to tell me in person
> tonight at the meeting in Berkeley.
> Thanks in advance, Eric

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