Railsplayground 1 1/2 year review

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I wrote a review about Railsplayground about 1 1/2 years ago.  I’m writing this as a follow-up to my last review since I’ve noticed that there are very few long term reviews for webhosts our there. I was very interested in Ruby and Rails when I first signed up with Railsplayground. Since then I have lost interest in Ruby for various reasons. Despite my loss of interest in Ruby, I kept my Railsplayground account.

They have been a great host over the last 1 1/2 year and I’ve had no problem with uptime or resources. My cron jobs always run on time and I’ve never had any complaints about being unable to download files. I now use then to host pictures and files I want to share with others. I’ve also set up s3sync so I can easily transfer files to and from my backups in Amazon AWS from within my Railsplayground shell account.

Besides Ruby, they also have great support for Perl.  I’ve written several perl scripts and run them reguarly via cron, no problems there either.

My only complaint is that despite the fact that hard-drive space is getting cheaper, they have not increased their account quotas.  I am still at their base $5/month plan and am stuck with 3GB of storage – the same amount that I started with more than 18 months ago.  In addition, the storage space they offer for their source control hosting has been dropping.  They started out offering 1GB of SVN hosting when I first started, this later dropped to 200MB, and is now down to 100MB. This is very developer un-friendly trend from a developer friendly host.

In terms of value, I feel that Railsplayground is still a fair deal.  They have great customer support and respond in minutes whenever I have a question.  However, VPS prices are at the point you can get a small VPS, be your own boss and run whatever you feel for about the same price or a couple bucks more.

Written by M Kapoor

December 22, 2009 at 2:34 am

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