Getting ready to start a new commercial web site and looking at web
hosting with Rails and EngineYard is very pricey and DreamHost.com
scares me a little.
Anyone have good results with DreamHost and Passenger?
Any other suggestions for a new startup?
I would suggest you to check for a vps like slicehost, linode or rackspace instead of a shared hosting
I think we  can help, we offer managed Ruby on Rails VPS hosting so
you get all the good of a VPS without even managing the server stuff.
Dreamhost are reasonably reliable and have adequate support, but the speed
of rails on their servers is pretty poor. Even if you stretch to one of
their VPSs, it's still pretty dreadful for commercial stuff (for
practice/home use it is fine)
So, cheap and cheerful maybe, suitable for business production use? Hardly.
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Heroku is also a good option. We are happy with them.
You really shouldn't be hosting a commercial website on unreliable
shared hosting... Dreamhost works at times, but you get what you pay
You probably want to look at setting up a VPS at linode or slicehost.
Yup. I regarded Heroku as a nice environment for development and
staging purposes: quick git based deployment, 1 free thin instance
(packaged in a dyno as they call it).
The blocker was SSL - they charge $100 monthly just to support one
Fortunately there's a workaround now:
- basically you can host multiple applications with one shared multi-
domain certificate (and pay this outrageous $100/mo only for one
Now I'm migrating stuff to Heroku. And dumping most Slicehost VPS
BTW I go to Slicehost whenever I need VPS. Haven't tried webbynode -
but their ready Rails stacks seem cool.