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starting small with growth in mind

Hello all,

I'm working on a web site that might totally flop or it might explode to be the next facebook/flickr/digg/etc. Since I really don't know how popular the site will be I don't want to spend a ton of money on the hardware/hosting right away but I want to be able to scale it easily if it does grow rapidly. With this in mind, what would be the best approach to launch the site?


Reader Comments (4)

What kind of site? For more CRUD based sites Google App Engine might be a good choice. Or Heroku.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Hoff

I'm developing the site myself using php & mysql on apache and I want to be able to sell ad space on it. It's a type of social networking site. I don't want to get into a situation where the hosts take up space with their own ads or tell me I can't do this or that.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commenterdan_the_coder

I guess I should define what I mean by "a ton of money". I don't want to buy my own hardware and T1 line right away or spend $1000+ each month on hosting. I'm ok with spending $200-$300/month to start and then more if the site is profitable.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commenterdan_the_coder

1. host it on sharing hosting that cost you ~$4 a month.
2. should load go up, transfer to a virtual box on the same provider cost ~$40 a month
3. should load go further up transfer to a dedicated server on the same provider ~$70 a month
4. should load go up it's only then you should consider options -> continue with datacenter hosting or transfer your stuff to a cloud (EC2, RackSpace, GoGrid etc)

$200-$300/month is a lot actually, you can skip right to #3. The thing with cloud - it's not cheap, because it shines someplace else.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commenterikatkov

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