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During the 1PM EST class today, John raised the question of how to provide hosting for peoples projects. Apparently there is a good ratio of people with programming backgrounds and people new to programming. Given this, the idea was tossed around that we could form some groups, with at least one member in each group who was comfortable providing resources and or helping people get their projects hosted. I thought that this was a great idea, and really fits in with the spirit of peer-to-peer learning.

I'd like to raise my hand as a person who can help with hosting projects (anything from HTML documents with Javascript to PHP, Ruby or Perl server-side projects). Maybe people could post comments here describing their situation? Comment if you feel like you could provide resources for people, and comment also if you suspect you'd benefit from assistance with hosting, etc.

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John Britton
Sun, 2010-03-21 23:03

Thanks for posting this Paul.

In case you don't know what hosting is, I'll explain.

In order for users to access your mashup, the files need to be physically located somewhere. The machine they are stored on should be on 24/7 and have a web server (the thing that talks to your web browser). Paul has volunteered to lend a hand in getting your files onto a server. Typically the process is straightforward, but requires some background knowledge of how a web server works and how to access a remote machine.

Please speak up if you think you need a hand getting your content online, likewise if you can lend a hand please share here.

If you want to learn more about how web servers work, please check out the Wikipedia article ( I'd suggest you ignore the section 'kernel-mode and user-mode web servers' as it is a bit too technical.

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Dennis Riedel
Tue, 2010-03-23 23:55

Good call! I would like to help out with hosting and support on the implementation side of your projects.

Oren's picture
Sat, 2010-03-27 04:09

I've got a hosting plan at Bluehost that I use for development:

More than willing to share space.