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Throwaway development sites

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2007-01-08 17:00

Since long I was looking for a hosting provider where I could put a sandbox site. A prototype site. To do this, I needed PHP, MySQL and SSH access. Disk space and bandwidth constraints are not really a concern. Reliability is somewhat not a top priority. Price is. I found HostIgniton MiniFire and was pretty impressed: it provides all three. And to my greatest delight when I SSH'd in I found that they have cvs command line utility. Alas, the outgoing port was blocked. I filed a support ticket and 32 minutes later the port was open. Later mails got answered with similar speed

The price? Twenty USA dollars per year. The first thirty days are free and you can pay with PayPal and normal merchant gateway as well.

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Submitted by on Tue, 2007-01-09 12:41.

Why don't you just use subfolders?
eg: and put all your files/databases in there?

I am currently hosting with Bluehost (and yes, also an affiliate there, but for good reason).

They support multiple domains, ssh, and for all practical reasons, unlimited databases, diskspace, transfer etc. So I host my production site on there, but also my development sites.

eg. (production)
and (5.0 devel site)

The affiliate link to bluehost if anyone's interested:

They charge 6.95 per month.

I understand that uptime etc is not exactly the priority for devel sites, but if you can have it all in one package, why not??

Just a personal opinion :P

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2007-01-15 08:02.

This site is courtesy of an old client of mine and very likely I will move it to somewhere else soon.

That said, 6.95 per month is 83.4 in a year, four times as expensive.

Of course, minifire supports subdirectories and five subdomains. (And after I requested, now they support GD. That's cool.)

Though these days I mostly have only one client, but even when I had more than one, they usually had their own ideas about hosting. Their needs are different from mine anyways.

Submitted by on Thu, 2007-04-05 23:29.

This is my latest request which I am having a hard time with. My current host allows CVS, but no pserver, and also has Subversion installed, but this sounds like a good possibility.