At the meeting, I mentioned a hosting company that's been around for
a while: A2 Hosting (www.a2hosting.com). They were early Rails
providers, we started using them a couple of years ago, along with
several other rails hosting providers (e.g., site5). We've dropped
all of the others.
A2 has a good variety of hosting plans, starting with shared hosting
that supports Rails at less than $15/month. We've got about ten
rails apps hosted with them right now (mostly development sites), on
shared hosting, through vps, up to dedicated servers.
I think what sets them apart is their reliability, help ticket system
and engineering staff. Their staff is stable and knowledgeable.
They respond within 24 hours and the ticket system pings them (and
you), if necessary, every 24 hours on open issues until the ticket is
resolved. We've submitted hundreds of help requests, they've never
All you need is shell access to create a rails app, which runs
initially in dev mode using CGI (very slow). You put in a help
request, and they will set up mongrel in production mode - that's
it. You can start and stop your own mongrel on all accounts. They
have 2-3 rails sysadmins, they've never let us down. Very highly