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Re^2: Perl 6 and Web Development

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Jun 18, 2009 at 20:31 UTC ( #772836=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Perl 6 and Web Development
in thread Perl 6 and Web Development

I'm going to have to beg to differ on the availability of low cost web serving for people who are just trying to get into it.

EC 2 will give me a small Linux machine for 10 cents/hour. That's about $70/month and I need to be comfortable administering my own machine. If I go somewhere like http://www.westhost.com/web-hosting/index.html I can get a web host with FastCGI for $13/month. But I have to know to ask for it. (Writing a bunch of CGI then finding out that you really should rewrite it for mod_perl sucks. Yes, we know how to use Catalyst to write an application that will run either way, but beginners don't.) The same place offers me PHP for $9/month. If I go to http://www.hostmonster.com/ I can get up and running with PHP for $4/month.

For a business those costs are trivial compared to the cost of hiring an employee who can do something with that site. But to a starving student who just wants to make their own cool site, those cost differences are very significant. And I am sure that those cost differences don't hurt PHP's adoption rates one bit.

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Re^3: Perl 6 and Web Development
by perrin (Chancellor) on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:20 UTC

    I just googled for virtual server hosting and found a ton of cheap stuff. RackSpace has servers with root access for $11/month + bandwidth. Spry.com has Linux VPS servers for $33/month. ServerPoint is $30/month. Those were just the first ads I clicked on. It's more than $4, but on the other hand I can't even get hostmonster.com to load. Anyone who isn't willing to pay $30/month to have a site probably doesn't need more than static pages and CGI, although they could certainly get perl with FastCGI for $6 or so from places like GoDaddy.

    I'm really not concerned about PHP. It's open source, many of my friends use it, and I don't have any problem with it succeeding.

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