Cheapest Rails Hosting where they give you full access to Apache (to load modules etc)???

any pointers / suggestions re cheapest Rails hosting where they give
you full access to Apache (to load modules etc)??? Can be a shared
platform, however not sure if there is a shared platform type hosting
service where they do give you such access?

Cloud hosting is probably the cheapest you'll find where you have root
access. I'm using Rackspace Cloud.

http://www.rackspacecloud.com/

Agreed. Rackspace is great. Especially when you're 1st building your
application. I had apache/passenger and mysql running just fine on a
256MB instance. cost? about $11/month.

http://www.tonycode.com/blog/archives/122

There is EC2 on Rails but AWS starts at about $90/month. I'm really
happy with rackspace.

Dreamhost.com is cheap, but does not allow any httpd changes, but you can do .htaccess files.

But slicehost.com is by far the best I have seen.

You just get a linux box, and you can then setup the server as you see fit, want to use mongrel, use mongrel, want ngnx or lighttpd instead of apache. Works just as good.

You are root, and you decide.

Trausti

Greg Hauptmann wrote:

any pointers / suggestions re cheapest Rails hosting where they give
you full access to Apache (to load modules etc)??? Can be a shared
platform, however not sure if there is a shared platform type hosting
service where they do give you such access?

Having tried a lot of Rails hosts I kinda stumbled over
http://railsplayground.com
The proce was cheap enough ($5) to be worth trying it out.
...
6 months later I now have a VPS and am considering a dedicated server.

These guys are truly amazing and leave the offerings from dreamhost and
all floundering in their wake.

There technical support is truly amazing via tickets and online 24/7
live chat.
They focus on Rails only and do not oversell their resources unlike some
hosts that have been mentioned in this thread.

I can not recommend Railsplayground strongly enough.

James

My m1.small instance on AWS costs me $75-$80/month. Rackspace does offer
smaller configurations than AWS. When you compare similar configurations,
e.g., 1.5GB - 2.0GB memory, costs are similar.

When I was comparing the two, Rackspace was having a lot of downtime, 3-5/day,
and Amazon wasn't, 3-7/week. I am seeing connectivity problems with my app
on AWS that don't show in the Amazon status blogs. Not sure whether that is
my bug or theirs.

Just my $0.02USD,
  Jeffrey

Quoting Tony Primerano <tony.primerano@gmail.com>:

thanks - does Rackspacecloud have Ruby on Rails support (well like
Dreamhost?), or it a get your own server & do it yourself?

You get your own server and set it up yourself. Some sysadmin skill
are required but they have some good server setup articles.

But you'd still have to find a hosting provider that could handle the
hardware for you, power, Internet feeds etc no?