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OpenShift (RedHat) PaaS and VPS options

Web developers need a server to host their websites or web apps. Shared hosting is a bad idea due to non-standard arbitrary limits, hosting companies messing with your files without asking, and lack of ssh access or any other ports. Cheap virtual private servers from DigitalOcean or Linode are good for anyone familiar enough with Linux (or FreeBSD with D.O.). But another option is the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

OpenShift is a PaaS from RedHat. It is not a VPS, but also not a shared host. It is like Heroku or Google App Engine. You don't own the server and not even a virtual...

Migrating from VPS or Cloud servers to OpenShift PaaS

Hackability means never having to say "it can't be done".

Amazon currently dominates the cloud computing industry it created by allowing for easily scalable and granularly billed computing time. Microsoft's Azure platform and Google's Cloud Engine (not their App Engine) are welcome competition. But then there is RedHat, a server giant which has been merely lurking, and is now trying to attract people to their own platform (or platform offerings), like the PaaS they host called OpenShift Online.

OpenShift itself is free software (which is at openshift....

Set up free hosting for Drupal 7 on OpenShift Online

If you're reading this, it means OpenShift is working. It means Drupal is set up using a free tier "gear" on RedHat's OpenShift PaaS. It's actually not completely easy for those of you used to a real VPS for hosting, and it's not any easier for those who are used to FTP-only shared hosting either. But you won't have to bother installing an OS, or installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL. On the other hand, you won't have much control over which version of those you run unless you code your own OpenShift "cartridges" which is much more work than simply installing packages on a server. ...