If you have root access, there's not much Catalyst-specific that you need from a hosting provider. If you don't have root access, you can still install Catalyst (see the local::lib and shared hosting entries in the Advent Calendar).
The most important specification of a host for Catalyst applications is the amount RAM, Perl being quite memory consuming.
This page aims to provide informed reviews from knowledgeable developers, as opposed to inane reviews or sales pitches. Below is a list of Catalyst-friendly web hosting providers: they range from low-cost shared hosting services to VPS and to dedicated servers. The "key features" are not meant to be exhaustive: please take a look at the provider's web site for details. The list is sorted by number of comments and, within that, by rating.
If you wish to contribute and cannot edit this wiki pages, you can contact dandv or lordarthas in #catalyst (on irc.perl.org).
|Rank||Name||Services||Geographical location||Key features||Rating|
|1||pair Networks||Dedicated/VPS||Pittsubrgh, PA, USA||Fully managed and robust, though expensive, FreeBSD servers and VPS||5/5
|2||Linode.com||VPS||USA. HQ: Galloway, NJ; multiple data centers: Fremont, CA; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Newark, NJ; London, UK||Choice of Linux distribution, built-in monitoring, VPS snapshots, Distributed geographically, DNS Service, rock solid||4.67/5
|3||SliceHost||VPS||Scottsdale, AZ, USA||Choice of Linux distribution, VPS snapshots, rock solid||4.5/5
|4||A Small Orange||Shared, VPS||Atlanta, GA, USA||FastCGI, shell access, good technical support, responsive servers, unlimited MySQL and sqlite databases. Double the price of Slicehost.||4.5/5
|5||Bytemark||VPS, Dedicated||England, UK||Choice of Linux distribution, open source friendly, no vps snapshot support. Root & Console access||3/5
|6||VPS Land||VPS||Sandy Springs, GA, USA||Choice of Linux distribution||1.5/5
|7||Web Space Hosting||Shared||Minneapolis, MN, USA||Cent OS||[n/a] be the first to comment?|
|7||Dakota Hosting||Shared||Minneapolis, MN, USA||Cent OS||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||Servebyte||VPS||Los Angeles, CA, USA||2-man shop, unprofessional, but cheap||n/a
|7||OVH||VPS, Dedicated||Paris, France||Extremely affordable dedicated servers (have a look at the kimsufi range).||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||A2 Hosting||VPS Hosting, shared, dedicated, reseller||Ann Arbor, MI||From under $10/month. Your choice of custom Linux OS.||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||HIOX India||VPS||Coimbatore, India.||Choice of Linux distribution, Cent OS||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||DreamHost||Shared||Brea, CA, USA||FastCGI, shell access||n/a be the first to comment|
|7||WebFusion||Dedicated||Beestone, Nottingham, UK||Formerly 123-reg. Less bang for the buck than Linode or Slicehost.||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||MakeTracks||Shared, Dedicated||Sydney, Australia||Shared hosting with apache/cgi/php/mysql/etc; dedicated apache/mod_perl instances for custom application (or other setups upon request); managed servers available.||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||RimuHosting VPS Hosting||VPS hosting, dedicated server hosting||Dallas, London, Sydney||50% more expensive than Slicehost||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||Farbyte||Shared, VPS||England, UK||OpenVZ VPS with a choice of OS (CentOS, Debian, openSuse, Ubuntu), also have shared web hosting suitable for Catalyst.||n/a be the first to comment?|
|7||abdicar||VPS Hosting, Dedicated Server Hosting||HR, Costa Rica||Lowest price in the market!||n/a be the first to comment|
|7||Arvixe||VPS Hosting, Dedicated Server Hosting||CA, United States||Managed VPS and Dedicated Servers! Full Root Access to both the Dedicated and VPS servers||n/a be the first to comment?|
For more on fully managed hosting, See http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg01878.html
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