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"Hosting Platforms"
Posted by John on Jul-27-00 at 08:19 AM (EST)
I'm looking for a web host for a uStoreKeeper site. Since I'm still a bit of a novice at setting permissions, etc., would you please recommend the platform (NT or Unix or ???) on which uStoreKeeper is easiest to set up and runs the smoothest?

If you can recommend a specific hosting service that has experience with uStoreKeeper, that would be most helpful.

Thanks,
John

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RE: Hosting Platforms, Bill Weiner, Jul-27-00, (1)
Hosting Platforms, John, Jul-27-00, (2)
FutureQuest is the one!, Simon, Sep-07-00, (3)

 

 
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1 . "RE: Hosting Platforms"
Posted by Bill Weiner on Jul-27-00 at 11:21 AM (EST)
From a support standpoint, installations on UNIX platforms are always the easiest.

As for a web hosting provider, we've been meaning to get a list together here, but don't have one at this time. Some people have mentioned that they like Pair Networks (http://www.pair.com), but I don't think Pair themselves are familiar with our software (in that they won't be able to help set it up). When looking for a web hosting provider, I would just suggest to look for these things:

1) Most importantly, they must allow you to install your own custom Perl CGI scripts.

2) I personally think UNIX servers are easiest to set things up on (particular when it comes to setting directory permissions and using sendmail to send email)...but NT servers work too.

3) And inquire about whether they allow you to use their secure certificate or whether you have to purchase your own. That is, some web hosting providers allow you to use their secure certificate to access your site. This means that you can access your site via the public URL:

http://www.yourdomain.com

but to access your site via a secure (https) URL, you have to use the URL:

https://www.theirdomain.com/youraccount/

where "theirdomain" is their server and "youraccount" is your account hosted on their server. This is the cheapest way to go.

Other web hosting providers (such as MindSpring) require you to purchase your own secure certificate (for $150 - $300). This allows you to access your site with just your domain. We, for instance, have our own secure certificate so we can access our site via:

http://www.uburst.com

or securely via

https://www.uburst.com

....Just something else to think about....

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2 . "Hosting Platforms"
Posted by John on Jul-27-00 at 01:51 PM (EST)
That's a big help. Thanks, Bill.
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3 . "FutureQuest is the one!"
Posted by Simon on Sep-07-00 at 00:03 AM (EST)
Have a look at FutureQuest for your hosting solution - I have had nothing but excellent service and connectivity from these guys - http://www.futurequest.net/index.php

They provide a shared certificate for $50.00 setup (once only), or you can use your own for $100.00 setup.

Setup of uStorekeeper and uShop is a snack - all the supplied defaults work with FQ - you only need to edit your domain name!

Check out their user forum for comments from users: http://www.aota.net/cgi-bin/Ultimate.cgi - they speak for themselves :>)

No, I have no association with them, just a happy client :)

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