Have we looked at dreamhost as a provider? I'm not sure if there are
needs that rackspace fills that dreamhost does not but, as I
understand it, they remain an employee owned, carbon neutral company.
And their rates seem to be comparable.
They look to have some specialized WordPress support as well.
I don't have enough data on our requirements and each company's
capabilities at the moment to directly recommend them for this project
(though I use the myself for my own efforts and find their support to
be very good), but I wanted to mention them as, if affordable, I think
it would be very prudent on our part to attempt to do business with
organizations that align their practices with the general ideals of
the movement as much as possible, wherever feasible, if for
credibility's sake alone if not direct ethics.
They also appear to have a free hosting option for non-profit
organizations, though I do not know what our legal standing is at the
On Oct 21, 12:21 pm, Tom Gillis <thomaswgil...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello all -
After a few all-nighters with the nycga.net team, I have an upadate on
The new version of NYCGA.net is up - the site is run on wordpress
multisite. Our current deployment is LAMP on a Rackspace cloud
server. It's stable for our current needs, but won't scale
indefinitely. (We also have a smaller staging server up, also on
We had some good conversations with some specialists in
high-availability server administration 2 nights ago and came up with
an architecture for this site, which we would like to start
implementing next week. No preference on hosting provider - Rackspace
has some beneficial features - being able to create, resize or clone
servers and have them come online within minutes, and having static
internal IP addresses available so servers can communicate quickly and
securely across a local network connection in their datacenter.
The architecture for the site will probably involve 4 to 6 virtual
servers - a master DB server, slave DB server, media server (we could
aslo replace this with a CDN service) and multiple web servers running
nginx and php (consensus among server amins is that nginx is going to
handle high traffic better than apache).
Another thing that nycga.net needs help getting sorted out is a
reliable outgoing smtp server, for email alerts, signup + lost
password emails, etc. nycga.net is already sending several thousand
emails per day and a sizable percentage of them are bouncing either as
I'll be at home and available for a phone conference until around 3:30
today - after that I'm going to head in to the city until the early
On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 8:35 PM, Dan Matthews <d...@bluefoc.us> wrote:
I would very much like to attend but at home in New Jersey tonight. I would
be thrilled to join the discussion via phone, skype or any other
conferencing method available. In leu of my actual attendance, I have posted
a case for the adoption of an agile development and project management style
which can be read
I will be in irc.freenode.net #nycga-iwg to answer any questions until
around midnight eastern regardless of if a call in is possible.