I am looking for suggestions for hosting for a site we're developing
in RoR (working with developer):
The site allows photographers to upload galleries, so we want to make
sure we have proper memory and bandwidth. Traffic will be pretty light
at first (visitors can search through these galleries). We're pretty
convinced we need dedicated/VPS as opposed to shared hosting.
Important criteria are:
4) Located in US
5) easy to change/scale as we grow (like add more RAM, etc)
We are working with a web dev so we also need it to be easy for him to
deploy the code on the server.
I run marketing for www.engineyard.com -- which has a rails hosting
offering that provides deployment and management, back-ended by Amazon
-> Backups are automated for you via snapshots of Amazon EBS volumes
-> bandwidth is charged on a sliding scale starting at $0.17 per GB
-> RAM - starts at $.11 per hour for a 1.7GB small instance (with
-> Located in Virginia
-> You can add RAM by upgrading instance sizes or adding more
instances -- the first takes two button pushes, the second takes 1.
You can play with our pricing estimator to get more idea [http://
There's a whole bunch of other features like automated database
replicas, automated security patching, application cloning etc. as you
grow. And when you get serious, you can add support offerings which
give you 24x7 coverage.
They'd probably want to use S3 for storing the photos.
Let me know at mmullany [ at ] engineyard.com if you'd like more
Check for a hosting site that accepts mobile payments through Boku or Paymo.
If you have a cell phone, the charges are added to the text rates and you
just make payments normally through your cell phone provider.