[Chicago] OT: Need a new hosting service

Adam Forsyth adam at adamforsyth.net
Wed Aug 21 17:32:04 CEST 2013

Answers inline

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM, Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> wrote:

> Thanks for the suggestions.  A number of sites which don't strictly cater
> to flat files were mentioned, e.g. Amazon EC2.  When I was fooling around
> with Django awhile ago I tried Heroku.  I liked being able to push my
> changes and have the website update, but I didn't like that every push
> generated a new virtual domain name.  So, a couple Django/Heroku-specific
> questions:
> * I assume there must be a way to get a static name, but still have the
> nice "git push" feature (I know some folks don't like it, but it appeals to
> me)

I'm not sure what you're talking about with the "every push generated a new
virtual domain". I'm pretty sure they're assigned when you create the app
-- at least that's what I've always experienced. You can also point a
domain at it.

> * Is there a Django-based wiki implementation which might fit into this
> scheme (that is, not blow away the raw wiki content if I push out a new
> version of the wiki software itself)?

Heroku is based around Postgres, so any normal DB-backed wiki will persist
data between deploys.

> * How would I estimate cost?  What the heck is a "dyno hour"? I'd really
> hate to get everything set up and then get a bill of $100 for the first
> month.

Each dyno is essentially one concurrent request. So long as you don't mind
waiting a few seconds for the first pageload when you haven't hit the site
for a while, and you're low traffic, you can get away with cost = $9 for
just the Postgres row limit removal + the free dyno.

> *Finally, and most important perhaps, is there a place in the Heroku
> universe to ask these sorts of questions?  I can't login right now while
> I'm at work.


> Thx,
> Skip
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