iOS App Hosting is easy for those we already have full fledged server, nodes or bare metal. But for a new developer, it can be a challenging point. Normally the developers are not aware of an excellent free to test option – Platform as a Service (PaaS). If you are not sure what is Platform as a Service, you can read and watch this video. Also, you might be interested to read 3 Reasons to Select PaaS. We have quite good number of articles on various PaaS services like Red Hat OpenShift, Heroku Cloud or App Fog – the reasons we are giving importance of PaaS for iOS App Hosting are :
- PaaS is Free for Testing purpose or even for lifetime free hosting if the usage is not really high
- The usual need of server setup for a typical iOS App can be met by PaaS
- PaaS gives command line access, we can change setup to some extent; like for Heroku Cloud, we can Specify the Webroot from Apache httpd File.
- You are getting SSL for free with the default fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
iOS App Hosting : Comparing Various Options
Obviously, there are various iOS App hosting options, practically from bare metal to simple virtual private server. For some Applications, however root access might be mandatory and shared hosting is not a valid option. Additionally shared hosting, has some typical issues like longer outages.
Unless the App is targeted for a larger audience, there is no need of costly dedicated hosting, instead flexible one server cloud setup with 512MB to 2 GB RAM is enough at lower cost – these are typical IaaS. One can choose from Rackspace, Amazon or HP Cloud, depending on the need. Rackspace has an additional support level, which is actually good for us as we have lot of websites, for one App, $100 USD / mo. only for support probably will be out of budget for the most. What are the hosting needs for the particular iOS App, is important to give importance.
iOS App Hosting : What Should Be Considered
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