For the Ruby on Rails apps we are currently building we definitely want to host on beefy dedicated servers but I’ve recently started rebuilding raleigh list in Rails and while this site does a decent amount of traffic it doesn’t justify the time and money to setup a dedicated box especially since 90% of the traffic will be on page-cached pages. So I started looking around for something like VPS Rails hosting and read Geoffrey’s excellent review of his real world experience with multiple different Rails hosting providers. You can tell this is the real deal, honest opinion as there isn’t one affiliate ID attached to any of the links to the host providers so Geoffrey isn’t trying to make a buck here. You’re on a roll Geoffrey! I’ve been loving the peepcode screencasts.
So I’ll save myself some headache and give RailsMachine a try. But it sounds like you can do ok with Dreamhost if you are trying to go on the cheap. I can throw in one additional experience here and say that the ultra cheap a small orange was not worth the money as fast-cgi on their shared hosting was painfully show for me. Perhaps their higher-tier services are better but I really like the sound of the railsmachine gem setting up the entire environment for me in under an hour.
Its the little… err… humongous things in life that make us happy. If you witness this thing in real life you won’t be able to resist it. Consider yourself warned.
Last year I was unable to make it to the London SEO party but this year I’m there! If you are in London for SES don’t forget to round the corner of the ExCel conference center at 5PM and join us all for some free beer. I know that Cutts, Naylor, and Rand are coming.
Actually I don’t know for sure that pagejacking is still a problem in Google and to be honest I’d be surprised if that is the case as you would think the SERP’s would littered with it but nonetheless Jason Duke has a great post detailing his theory and an example that certainly seems to suggest he is correct. I created a test over a week ago as Jason and I spoke on the phone and he let me in on the idea. I will post my results once Google indexes my test 302 redirect from a very powerful authority site.
In my last post about SEO and RoR I gave really BAD advice on how to accomplish clean URL’s that are search engine friendly. Our first RoR project consists of pages that are nearly 100% unspiderable by the search engine bots because its an app that requires login to do anything so I hadn’t really sat down and worked out the proper way to do URLs.