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gizmo_mathboy (782)

  reversethis-{moc ... } {yobhtamomzig}

aerospace engineer by education, all-around walking cesspool of knowledge by nature, and professional grade slacker by choice. Sysadmin at a major midwestern university.
Wednesday February 26, 2003
12:24 AM

web hosting

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It looks like the ISP I've been using for years is stopping shell access. That's about the only reason I've kept it.

Since I'm switching I would prefer to run the webserver and such myself but I can't get any affordable broadband that is server friendly since I really would like to redo my site in Mason or at least use mod_perl.

So, does anyone have any recommendations for a webhosting service that has shell access and a decent shell?

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  • I've had an account with pair Networks ( []) for several years now. They aren't the cheapest, but they have tons of bandwidth and an excellent reputation. The cheapest account to run custom CGI is an Advanced ($18/mo) and the Webmaster ($30/mo) gives you more disk, bandwidth, & 10 MySQL databases.
    "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
    • I'll second the Pair recommendation. I have a couple of domains there. They've been rock solid, responive in the few instances I've needed help, and their connectivity is very good.
      • and I'll third it. [] is cheaper, and if all you want is shell that might work for you, but their perl is old (at least it was when I was there). They give you enough space to install your own, but I'd rather let an ISP keep up with updates than do it myself.

        I'm sure there are places cheaper than that even, if all you need is shell, but I don't have experience with them.

        If you want great service, bandwidth, uptime, features, etc, then pair is a very good choice. The only problem I've had with pair is
  • I go with Dreamhost [], and I rather like 'em. I've been with them on-and-off (as I've gone back and forth between hosting my sites from my apartment) since 1999. Their support is great, and their features are awesome: unlimited MySQL databases jump foremost to mind. They provide enough disk space that I was able to install my own copy of Perl, but if you wanna use 5.6.1 and their modules, it's there.

    One thing I particularly like about 'em is their control panel [], which does a pretty damned good job of