I'm looking for a hosting company that offers managed VPS servers (or dedicated) with full UTF-8 compliant server software installed.
>>> ~ Full OS support for UTF-8 *including Asian character sets!
>>> ~ PHP5, maximum file size upload 8MB
>>> ~ MySQL version greater than 4.1.16, with UTF-8 default for all tables.
>>> ~ Apache response header UTF-8 encoding
>>> ~ In short: Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP; all UTF-8 incl. Asian
>>> ~ SFTP/SCP
>>> ~ SSH
Which kind of machine (spec) are you actually looking at ?
Which countries are you actually targetting at Japan, China, Singapore ?
You might want to consider a machine within an Asian country and (depending on your choice of country) and may need to up your budget.
I do assume the 200$ you gave in the other thread (removed by now) was for a US based machine ?
In case you want offers you should post in WHT's offer section.
Last edited by valentin_nils; 12-11-2006 at 09:59 PM.
We actually need support for *ALL* unicode characters. Our customer is going to upload documents in 40 different languages, including Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Russian, and even American!
budget is around $200/mo. There are issues with double-byte Asian characters, we need everything to be in Unicode from day one, that includes filenames. Most modern Linux OS's will give the option to install UTF-8 by default, and this affects the installation paramaters of many other programs afterwards. Many programs query the locale before they install. Also, Asian character sets are not installed by default on most servers, but we need them.
I start with what I believe could be a very reasonable solution, note that your mileage may vary.
In HongKong there is Hostfresh f.e which offer some machines starting from 60-80$ unmanaged.
You will have to contact them to see if they also offer managed services.
You could try if their speed is reasonable at http://www.oscn-hosting.hk
In Singapore there are a couple of Hosting companies. I am not allowed to post the names if I dont have experience, but you can search on WHT.
If you want to go for Japan you will have to pay either 3-4 times the US prices or make compromises. For speed tests you can try http://www.oscn-hosting.jp
You can also offer service to the asian market hosting near LA, but the speed between US and JP varies at daytimes.
Its not a lot of info, but I hope this helps to get some ideas.
From what I saw, I guess Centos might be your closest bet if you dont want to choose an asian Linux platform.
As you already mentioned this yourself the installation might be a process separated in several steps. First install the os f.e in Japanese. Make sure all locale settings are for an Japanese environment and THEN proceed with the server types.
Or install all in one go and then change the configuration of each server type.
Will you need even JIM (Japanese Input method) on those machines (f.e. Atok etc) ?
Last edited by valentin_nils; 12-12-2006 at 01:17 AM.
Thanks for the info. It doesn't have to be an Asian location. In fact most users will be in America, North and South. There will be hundreds of other users from around the globe. The reason I mention Asian character sets is simply because they aren't default in a Linux distro and we will need them. It's a lot easier to find a UTF-8 enabled Linux server overseas though, but I would love to find one somewhere in America. All the US servers I've seen so far have a us_en locale.
Did you mention Japan locale because there's something special about the Japanese character set?
If not done right it can be f!*-#$ difficult to setup, if you know what I mean ;-)
That is also valid for Korean and Chinese. MySQL 5.x is also by default UTF on some Linux versions, I forgot which ones. The hard part is troubleshooting issues that belong to the Apache, PHP, Mysql area. Separating on which end the problem lies can take a moment.
If you are mixing character sets on Apache you probably want to use the default settings and just make sure the CJK (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) character sets and fonts are all installed and go from there.