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  1. #1

    Just need stable hosting.

    I guess I have quite a specialised hosting need.

    I am launching a product, which has a folder structure something along the lines of:

    /sites/foo.com/
    /sites/bar.com/
    /sites/baz.com/
    /handler.php

    What I'd like to be able to do is to be able to point any domain to my hosting, and have requests from it dealt with by handler.php, which will work out where to redirect the request. I can write the handler in ruby, python, php.. the language is not important.

    What is important is that I need a host that could support this setup. I need to be able to create a folder in /sites and point the domain to the server's IP and it starts to work right away.

    I will only be serving static content. No scripts, just .html and image files. I don't need a database. I don't need a control panel. I'd prefer the server to have minimal extra fluff installed, because I just won't need it. It just needs to be reliable, supported and managed. If it goes down, I want someone to work on it proactively and fix it.

    Resource usage will be low at the start (few hundred mb, few gb/m), it could scale up but it'd be at a controllable pace.

    Can anyone recommend a service for me? A VPS is fine, if this setup could be managed by the host. The things I care about most are support and uptime. I will be hosting paying customers, who I will have a SLA with, so I can't afford for things to go down.

    Is this making any sense?

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    It sounds like an ordinary hosting package would be just fine for you. A VPS would mean you probably need to manage it yourself so I would advise against it, however you could customise it to WHATEVER you need.

    That folder structure doesn't look like anything fancy, just a few addon domains.

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    Well, what you are requesting is doable - however, what is comes down to, is your budget - especially if you are looking for pro-active management, which comes with a price as I'm sure you must be aware.

    Do you have a preference for the location of the hardware - you would need to mention this too.
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    The difference between what I need and what most hosts provide is that I can't manually log in and add custom domains, because it's an automatic system. My web application opens an FTP connection to my hosting server, creates a new folder for that site and uploads the content. The user then configures DNS, and everything has to just work.

    It has to be automatically handled by the server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intellitech View Post
    Well, what you are requesting is doable - however, what is comes down to, is your budget - especially if you are looking for pro-active management, which comes with a price as I'm sure you must be aware.

    Do you have a preference for the location of the hardware - you would need to mention this too.
    The hardware location is not important, but I'd like it to be in the US, for my main customer base. I don't live in the US, so the exact location isn't terribly important, as long as it's generally responsive.

    I understand pro-active management comes at a cost. This is my business, and I'm willing to pay for it. I'm not looking for a $5/m hosting plan.

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    Well, from what you describe - it means basically putting on "add-on" domains - which would do exactly that for you - and you would then upload the files via ftp into the relevant domains folder - sounds pretty straight forward.

    I think the significant cost would be for the support person for the site - otherwise, hardware costs shouldn't be too significant.


    Quote Originally Posted by iamcalledrob View Post
    The difference between what I need and what most hosts provide is that I can't manually log in and add custom domains, because it's an automatic system. My web application opens an FTP connection to my hosting server, creates a new folder for that site and uploads the content. The user then configures DNS, and everything has to just work.

    It has to be automatically handled by the server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intellitech View Post
    Well, from what you describe - it means basically putting on "add-on" domains - which would do exactly that for you - and you would then upload the files via ftp into the relevant domains folder - sounds pretty straight forward.
    Am I wrong in thinking that adding "add-on domains" is manual. I.e. I log in to a control panel, add the domain to my account, and the panel does its thing to create new users?

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    You may be able to use the API of a control panel in your scripts to do this automatically?

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    There are a few reasons why I want to run the setup I listed above, as opposed to using a control panel.

    So, to steer things on topic, does anyone know of a host that might meet the needs in my original request?

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    Well since you want to edit the DNS zones directly you're going to need to look at your own server as most shared hosts won't allow this.

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    That is correct - if you wanted something "more automated", then you'd need a script to do that automatically for you - you can then have the script create the addon domain (interface with your server of hosting account), and create the upload folder - leaving you to simply upload the files to the relevant directory. And, you would need to be looking at a dedicated server for this - as most VPS or shared hosts will restrict the actions a script can perform on their servers.


    Quote Originally Posted by iamcalledrob View Post
    Am I wrong in thinking that adding "add-on domains" is manual. I.e. I log in to a control panel, add the domain to my account, and the panel does its thing to create new users?
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