Quick django hosting question

I’ve had wonderful success with my Django hosting at WebFaction but a client of mine is having some trouble with accessing his hosted email via Outlook, meaning this client will have to be moving to a new host.

Due to its large amount of storage, this company’s IT has picked Rails Playground for the next host.

All I’ve found related to this host and Django is this wiki tutorial. Does anyone else have any tips for running Django on Railsplayground, or any words of caution?

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haven't used it myself but I know MediaTemple is offering Django now (but in beta).


i use webfaction myself

February 28th 2008, 11:42 a.m. by kevin
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We're in the process of moving some projects from Webfaction to MediaTemple's Dedicated Virtual ($50/mo). It only took a few hours to get our machine all set up and serving django sites.

You don't need a Media Temple Grid Container for Django -- a dedicated virtual works fine, since you can install whatever you want on it.

February 28th 2008, 12:04 p.m. by Kyle Fox
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We're looking more in the $10-$15/mo range. And there really isn't much need for a dedicated box to manage. Just want to get things up and running and let it all be.

February 28th 2008, 12:08 p.m. by Ryan Berg
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try www.slicehost.com thy offer very nice and reliable vps with only 20$/mo with 256MB ram and 20 Gig storage!

February 28th 2008, 1:49 p.m. by mahmoud sahebi
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I can't offer any help here, but I think it's kinda funny that they want to host Django on a predominately Rails hosting site. I mean, aren't the two frameworks mortal enemies?

February 28th 2008, 1:52 p.m. by Patrick Beeson
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I want to keep hosting on WebFaction but apparently there's some weird "gotchya" with Outlook support. Since email storage was a concern, I tried to find some hosts that had lots of storage for less than $15/mo. As long as Django is supported, I should be fine. I was just hoping to get some input from the community on what to look out for from these guys.

@mahmoud I'm not looking for a VPS. Shared environment is more than adequate for our needs.

February 28th 2008, 2:47 p.m. by Ryan Berg
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slicehost is a total dream come true in performance, price, and service

February 28th 2008, 7:27 p.m. by matt
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Consider Grokthis or VPSvillage

February 28th 2008, 10:35 p.m. by aznach
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You don't have to completely switch hosting complanies to switch mail hosts. You just need to set up mail hosting with some company and change the MX record in DNS.

The MX record basically tells the other mail servers out there where whatever@mydomain.com should be sent to.

Any decent hosting company should know how to do that (hopefully).


February 28th 2008, 11:49 p.m. by Eric Moritz
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I'd love to know what his problem with Outlook was. I've been using WebFaction for over a year and I read my e-mails all day long with Outlook and I haven't had any problem...

February 29th 2008, 2:57 a.m. by Bruce
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I use webfaction for django. I have no problems, but I don't use Outlook. Why don't you ask webfaction abuot it?

February 29th 2008, 1:26 p.m. by Mordy Ovits
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I agree with the Slicehost posts above and throw my hat in the ring endorsing Slicehost. Over the past few months I have moved all of my client's sites to Slicehost. They are fantastic!

February 29th 2008, 2:24 p.m. by Tom
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I'm running several small sites using a shared host plan on Railsplayground (RP). My Django apps are running via a FastCGI script (dispatch.fcgi). Here are my (minor) gripes: No Python 2.5 support Poor documentation Limited/poor deployment options (all my apps are deployed via FastCGI and using the python interpreter, i.e. not mod_python, and they can sometimes be slow) Have to fight ruby interpreter and mongrels for memory and cpu cycles (but this is railsplayground after all).

RP has been great and cheap way to deploy my django apps. Their CPanel is great. Support is very good and responsive. My server have been down a couple of times within the last year. If you have a mature Django app, you may want to look elsewhere or look at their VPS plans.

March 26th 2008, 4:15 a.m. by ac
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Have you thought about using Google Apps for email management? I moved my clients over to it and it works great... they can use Gmail interface for webmail and can use POP or IMAP to download to a local mail client. And they can use their own domain (not gmail.com). Just seems like a waste to jump through so many hoops because of an email glitch.

March 26th 2008, 8:31 a.m. by Shaun
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wow! I wrote that initial how-to django on the railsplayground wiki. :)

March 30th 2008, 1:06 p.m. by Kristopher
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Are there any instructions (all the steps) on how to set up a full django production site with apache and mysql db on slicehost (or any VPS for that matter). and SSL configuration.

Any experiences on do's/ don'ts, performance tuning and extra security consideration in VPS environment (as opposed to shared hosting) for Apache, Django, Mysql site?

April 7th 2008, 6:31 p.m. by Ashish Gupta

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