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From "Randolf Richardson" <>
Subject Re: mod_perl Website Hosting
Date Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:21:17 GMT
> Hello all,
> Just trying to update my knowledge about 
> website hosting services.
> Can anyone recommend hosting companies
> that have a good track record of hosting mod_perl
> applications?

	I haven't found much that is secure in a shared server environment, 
so I run my own servers that all run mod_perl2.  The web site hosting 
services I provide for clients are strictly for static HTML web sites 
(due to security reasons in that the server-side code has too much 
access to the system), so the additional hosting options are more 
expensive as a result -- an isolated server (or servers), or a 
virtualized server (nearly all my clients chose the former option).

	The big concern will be security.  If server-side code isn't 
restricted or isolated properly (on many hosting systems I've seen it 
isn't), then another user on the system could modify your sites, or 
cause other problems (either intentionally or unintentionally).

	Another problem I've encountered is that updates sometimes break 
things, and especially in shared environments that can be more common 
since there is often a need for a wider diversity of libraries, 
modules, etc.  Ideally the updates should be run in test environments 
first, but I only know of a few people who practice this diligently.

	I mention these points to give you some ideas about what to consider 
(e.g., isolation) when selecting such a service.

> The sites we build are not high-volume sites,
> they are school websites, municipalities, small
> non-profits and small business.

	Volume usually isn't the problem, but transport speed can be if it's 
very slow and you need to serve large documents (e.g., PDFs that are 
hundreds of megabites in size).

	An important factor is whether the system can work consistently, and 
it should be tested under heavy load to ensure consistency in the 
event that high volume comes unexpectedly (e.g., the web site is 
featured in the news, or someone redirects traffic from a busy web 
site to yours, etc.).

> Any recommendations would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Thank you all,
> Joe N

Randolf Richardson -
Inter-Corporate Computer & Network Services, Inc.
Beautiful British Columbia, Canada

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