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scrnjakovic says

I recently moved from shared hosting to VPS because I discovered a great framework written in C as an extension for PHP.

So I was curious how many of you are managing your own server and would it pay off to develop something that will be useful only to someone who has it’s own server?

If you reply, thanks for feedback, if not – you’re not my friend anymore. :P

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Konnessa says

We have several of our own servers that we manage in house. What do you mean by something that would be useful?

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scrnjakovic says

We have several of our own servers that we manage in house. What do you mean by something that would be useful?

I mean that software built on top of a framework which works only as extension for PHP is not useful for someone on shared hosting as he’s not able to load extensions for PHP. :)

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Typps says

I mean that software built on top of a framework which works only as extension for PHP is not useful for someone on shared hosting as he’s not able to load extensions for PHP. :)

You’d probably be asking for trouble. At the moment, customers have problems with wrong purchases. They are buying an html template thinking it is a WordPress theme. If people are prone to making errors like this, then the chances that they will never read your specs where you mention a specific PHP extension is required to run the code, will be a support nightmare.

Rule of thumb is, most customers are not tech savy so your product has to work right off the bat starting with the least common denominator.

Not exactly what you wanted to hear I suppose, friends ? :P

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scrnjakovic says


I mean that software built on top of a framework which works only as extension for PHP is not useful for someone on shared hosting as he’s not able to load extensions for PHP. :)

You’d probably be asking for trouble. At the moment, customers have problems with wrong purchases. They are buying an html template thinking it is a WordPress theme. If people are prone to making errors like this, then the chances that they will never read your specs where you mention a specific PHP extension is required to run the code, will be a support nightmare.

Rule of thumb is, most customers are not tech savy so your product has to work right off the bat starting with the least common denominator.

Not exactly what you wanted to hear I suppose, friends ? :P

True that, I agree but on the other hand I don’t think anyone should be upset about those customers who purchase things without reading the description. Even the marketplace agreement says that buying the wrong item does not make you liable for refund. But then again, if someone does not read description, he probably hasn’t read the agreement either. Those people have bigger problem than it looks like. One day they will want to sign up for for something, a credit for an example, and they’ll sign a contract without even reading it, which will cost them much more than 50 bucks. It’s plain stupid. :P

The software I’ve planned to develop would probably be targeted towards people with some tech knowledge, authors for an example, rather than non-techy guys.

And what about you, do you have your own server/VPS or shared?

By the way, friends :P

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Typps says

And what about you, do you have your own server/VPS or shared?

By the way, friends :P

Got Google AppEngine and shared hosting. Used to have VPS but didn’t need all that flexibility and power hence dropped it :)

Shared hosting is sweet, less fuss. AppEngine is pretty good too though I am not a big fan.

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axool says

Hey!

I have my own dedicated server since several years at online.net (previously I had one from Kimsufi, really cheap prices but good servers too)... And I will never come back to a shared hosting or something else I think. I’m very happy to have my own server with my own sites and projects on it, I can manage what I want, when I want and with a root access :-) .

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ashwave says

I have dedicated and VPS. It depends on your clientele really (if you provide services for others that is and what they can afford to pay for) and how demanding are their web apps / sites.

I wouldn’t recommend a dedicated server though if you are not much of a server administrator as that could be very stressful and irritating at times of undesired disruption. You always have the option of outsourcing this though! :)

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