Hosting for web app


Can you recommend a hosting company that is both affordable and very good in order for my startup to have a good always-online image? It's nothing complicated that requires a dedicated server or at least not yet.

Hope this isn't the wrong place for this.

Thank you.


asked Aug 23 '11 at 04:02
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  • You might get better results on ServerFault. At least provide more information (platform, requirements, etc). – Ryan Doherty 12 years ago

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Check out Heroku

answered Aug 23 '11 at 04:33
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  • Thank you, Kurt. – Francisc 12 years ago


If the most important thing for you is uptime but you still want to stay on the cheap, my suggestion is to use a node balancer from rackspace and then two (or more) different servers from different cheap providers for your nodes.

This is a good way to get the best uptime for your money, if you can replicate your website or app on more servers.

answered Aug 24 '11 at 08:04
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  • Thanks, Danmaz74. – Francisc 12 years ago


You want a VPS hosting solution. Something cheap enough to begin with, but that you can scale to Enterprise level in case things go well. All that without having to move your site to some other location etc. Check out Dreamhost / TopNav / Servers ---> Virtual Private Servers

answered Aug 24 '11 at 16:16
B Money
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  • Thank you, B-Money. – Francisc 12 years ago


Amazon Webservices currently offer one year for free. If you don't need the power, I like very much.

answered Aug 24 '11 at 22:10
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  • Hm, thanks, Christian. – Francisc 12 years ago


You're going to get a lot of detailed suggestions but I think what you need is something a little higher-level. Like danmaz74 said, uptime is a big factor in figuring out what you need. How critical is your site to your customers? Social networking, while you don't want failures all the time, is not something someone will reject on the basis of one or two 404s or something. You're going to pay for really reliable service, so be really realistic on this.

Second, what is your site built on? That makes a big difference too. Rails can use Heroku, but they've had a few outages recently due to those Amazon outages recently. There's some pretty good shared hosting providers that will give you pretty high uptime, but you'll hit a pretty solid wall at some point as far as site performance goes. A VPS or something like a Linode box works, but only for Linux-based hosting.

This decision is really best made by your developer, if that's not you. Otherwise, if you're the developer but not real experienced at this, you're going to have a hard time splitting time between your product and figuring out how to use EC2, Heroku, or Linode - don't prematurely optimize, just get some shared hosting by a decent host and go from there. Your site probably won't jump from 5 to 20,000 visitors a day, so you can scale slowly (and keep your sanity).

If you're still not sure, provide more details and we can help you figure out where you can host and how much in resources you really need to get started. Hope this helps!

answered Aug 25 '11 at 04:23
Craig Saboe
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  • Thank you Craig, I really appreciate it. – Francisc 12 years ago
  • No problem, good luck and thanks for the vote! – Craig Saboe 12 years ago


I personally use very affordable.

answered Aug 25 '11 at 06:57
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If you know your way around Linux, for cheap and cheerful you can't go wrong with - I use them for a few projects, and so far 1GB at $20/month has been working very nicely indeed.

answered Aug 25 '11 at 23:39
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I am currently using Rackspace's Cloud server solution and what I paid every month is less than what I spent on coffee for a month. The great advantage of using this cloud solution is that I can add more power, space and memory at any time without any downtime. It is worth a look!

answered Aug 26 '11 at 10:05
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