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Russell Ridge
Liferay hosting
November 6, 2007 10:02 AM
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Russell Ridge

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I have a developer who is wrapping up our Liferay project as we speak. They have offered to host said project for $139.00 per month. What bothers me however is the terms of the agreement. Only 1GB of storage, 9GB of bandwidth and 25 e-mail accounts. Yes they are promising me 24/7 monitoring of website status and performance monitoring but their after hours support so far has been suspect so I don't know whether I really buy that or not. Any suggestions because I don't really see any great alternatives on the hosting side for Liferay in the Wiki.
Jerry Niu
RE: Liferay hosting
November 12, 2007 10:37 AM
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Liferay does not currently have a hosting provider to recommend. When looking for a hosting provider, look for a provider that can accommodate the installation instructions from this PDF:
Liferay 4 Installation Guide
Alexander Chow
RE: Liferay hosting
November 12, 2007 10:47 AM
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Though it is not very substantial, there is already a Wiki page out on this subject: http://wiki.liferay.com/index.php/Hosting_providers. Any additions to this from the community are welcome.
Richard Sezov
RE: Liferay hosting
November 12, 2007 12:39 PM
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Richard Sezov

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Hi,

I want to be sure that I first state that this is not a company endorsement; it's a personal endorsement.

In any case, I have used Kattare Internet Services (http://www.kattare.com) to host Liferay. I have a single Liferay/Tomcat (4.2.2) instance running on their Corporate shared hosting plan for $39.00 (that's thirty-nine dollars) a month. Here's the chart of their plans:
http://www.kattare.com/hosting-pricing-chart.kvws

You can see that the plan I mentioned offers:

1.5GB storage
100GB/month bandwidth
Full Shell access
Multiple Domains

I have an account there that runs Liferay and uses the Virtual Hosting through communities feature to serve up web sites for 6 different domains. I used to run a web design business on the side, and these are sort of left over sites after I closed the business down.

The sites all perform very well, especially for a shared hosting plan. The guys at Kattare are extremely flexible, and their support team responds fast.

They also sell co-lo plans and dedicated servers for extremely reasonable prices.

I have absolutely no complaints about their service; they are hands down the best hosting provider I have ever used.
Gerd Naschenweng
RE: Liferay hosting
January 3, 2008 10:34 PM
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Hi - I am also with Kattare and I am struggling with the setup:

I have a domain (mydomain) into which I have extracted the WAR into the root and followed all the
Liferay installation instructions:

ls -ltr /home3/g/myuser/mydomain

drwxr-xr-x 2 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 21:56 ROOT/
drwxr-xr-x 9 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 html/
drwxr-xr-x 5 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 wap/
drwxr-xr-x 4 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 layouttpl/
drwxr-xr-x 2 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 flash/
drwxr-xr-x 2 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 errors/
drwxr-xr-x 2 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 dtd/
drwxr-xr-x 2 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 applets/
drwxr-xr-x 5 myuser users 4096 Jan 3 22:05 WEB-INF/
-rw-r--r-- 1 myuser users 1475 Jan 3 22:05 pramati-j2ee-server.xml
-rw-r--r-- 1 myuser users 1425 Jan 3 22:05 index.jsp

My server.xml looks like this:
<Host name="mydomain" debug="0" appBase="/home3/g/myuser/mydomain" unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true" xmlValidation="false" xmlNamespaceAware="false">
<Alias>mydomain</Alias>

<Context path="" docBase="" debug="1" reloadable="true" allowLinking="true" crossContext="true">
<Logger className="org.apache.catalina.logger.FileLogger" directory="/home3/g/myuser/logs" prefix="mydomain.info-error_log." suffix=".txt" timestamp="true"/>

The application starts fine and reports no errors. When I access the webpage via http://mydomain I receive
the HTTP-error 404 and the application seems to redirect to http://mydomain/c

Any help would be appreciated in resolving this. I also noticed that the file-logger also does not seem to
log anything.
Richard Sezov
RE: Liferay hosting
January 4, 2008 5:53 AM
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Richard Sezov

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I had problems with their default shared Tomcat configuration too. What they wound up doing for me was just dumping a whole standalone Tomcat installation into my user directory, with the server.xml configured with the ports as they'd defined them in the shared installation. Once they did that, the install was without issue.

Part of the problem is that Liferay requires some of its own .jars in /common/lib/ext so they are available to the entire container, and you can't do that with their shared install.

You may be able to do this yourself with one of our Tomcat bundles, but you'll want to preserve the configuration files they created for you in the default shared install, and then copy them over. But probably the best way is to just ask them to do this for you, and then install Liferay into their standalone Tomcat.

Hope this helps!
Gerd Naschenweng
RE: Liferay hosting
January 4, 2008 7:00 AM
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Thanks for the response. I don't seem to have a problem with the extra libraries. I have created a own directory with the required Liferay jar's and have then adjusted the common.loader in the catalina.properties. (Kattare provides those files per hosting account in ~/conf).

I am able to startup Liferay perfectly. The database gets generated and the startup does not report any errors:

Jan 4, 2008 6:35:30 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService start
INFO: Starting service Catalina
Jan 4, 2008 6:35:30 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine start
INFO: Starting Servlet Engine: Apache Tomcat/5.5.23
Jan 4, 2008 6:35:30 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost start
INFO: XML validation disabled
Loading jar:file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/lib/portal-impl.jar!/system.properties
Loading jar:file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/lib/portal-impl.jar!/portal.properties
Loading file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/classes/portal-ext.properties
Starting Liferay Enterprise Portal 4.3.5 (Owen / Build 4305 / December 4, 2007)
06:35:41,531 WARN [StartupAction:91] Could not create resource factory instance
06:35:44,125 INFO [DynamicDialect:79] Determining dialect for MySQL 4
06:35:44,138 INFO [DynamicDialect:102] Using dialect org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect
06:35:46,643 WARN [ReleaseLocalServiceImpl:84] Table 'g_liferay.Release_' doesn't exist
06:35:46,645 INFO [ReleaseLocalServiceImpl:97] Create tables and populate with default data
06:35:49,709 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:49,711 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:49,714 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:49,801 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'toName' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:49,804 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:49,806 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:51,254 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:51,257 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'name' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:51,265 WARN [DBUtil:350] BLOB/TEXT column 'primKey' used in key specification without a key length
06:35:54,870 INFO [StartupAction:206] Running verification com.liferay.portal.verify.VerifyProcessSuite
06:35:54,870 INFO [VerifyProcessSuite:37] Verifying integrity
06:35:54,872 INFO [VerifyBlogs:42] Verifying integrity
06:35:54,951 INFO [CustomSQLUtil:110] Database name MySQL
06:35:54,952 INFO [CustomSQLUtil:138] Detected MySQL with database name MySQL
06:35:54,997 INFO [PortalUtil:1981] Portal lib url file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/lib/portal-impl.jar!/com/liferay/portal/util/PortalUtil.class
06:35:54,998 INFO [PortalUtil:2006] Portal lib directory /home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/lib/
06:35:55,653 INFO [VerifyBookmarks:42] Verifying integrity
06:35:55,708 INFO [VerifyDocumentLibrary:42] Verifying integrity
06:35:55,769 INFO [VerifyImageGallery:42] Verifying integrity
06:35:55,831 INFO [VerifyJournal:49] Verifying integrity
06:35:56,288 INFO [StartupAction:213] Finished verification com.liferay.portal.verify.VerifyProcessSuite
06:35:56,654 INFO [PluginPackageHotDeployListener:71] Reading plugin package for the root context
06:35:57,183 INFO [HotDeployUtil:76] Initializing hot deploy manager 31173649
06:35:57,541 INFO [ServerDetector:76] Detected server tomcat
06:35:58,398 INFO [AutoDeployDir:76] Creating missing directory /home3/g/gnaschenweng/liferay/deploydir
06:35:58,417 INFO [AutoDeployDir:76] Auto deploy scanner started for /home3/g/gnaschenweng/liferay/deploydir
Loading jar:file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/lib/portal-impl.jar!/portal.properties for {companyId=10094, webId=liferay.com}
Loading file:/home3/g/gnaschenweng/naschenweng_info/WEB-INF/classes/portal-ext.properties for {companyId=10094, webId=liferay.com}
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:03 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost start
INFO: XML validation disabled
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:04 AM org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11BaseProtocol start
INFO: Starting Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http-10062
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:04 AM org.apache.jk.common.ChannelSocket init
INFO: JK: ajp13 listening on /0.0.0.0:10069
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:04 AM org.apache.jk.server.JkMain start
INFO: Jk running ID=0 time=0/55 config=null
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:04 AM org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11BaseProtocol start
INFO: Starting Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http-10060
Jan 4, 2008 6:36:04 AM org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina start
INFO: Server startup in 34475 ms


When I call up the website (http://mydomain/) it immediately redirects to http://mydomain/c. Browsing some of the forum entries, this seems to point to an issue where LifeRay is not installed in the root-context (i.e. Context path="" docBase="") but this is not my case.

Mind emailing me your server.xml (without the userids/passwords obviously) and a ls -ltr of your domain where you have LifeRay installed?
Russell Ridge
RE: We Provide Managed Liferay Hosting
March 12, 2008 11:11 AM
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My site is at meetinguniverse.com. Currently paying $140 USD a month for not a lot of storage or bandwidth. They claim they actively manage the site for downtime but haven't been very happy so far.
Joel Fradkin
RE: We Provide Managed Liferay Hosting
March 30, 2008 5:27 PM
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I just opened a portal hosting site specificaly for liferay.
I do not offer 24x7 so it is not a high availability site, but I do have 2 meg up and new hardware.
If it gets popular I will move to a data center and get 24x7 support.
I am charging 19.95 a month for low bandwidth usage and 4.95 a month for clubs and other non comercial usage.
I have 140 gig and think the box will host like 20 or so instances, so I should have like 7 gig or so per client based if they are comercial or non I may limit storage, but I am sure 1.5 gig is plenty.

If there is any interest let me know jfradkin@totalanswersoftware.com.
You can check the site out at totalanswersoftware.com to see if you like the response times.

Let me know if think this is a dumb idea

Joel
Joel Fradkin
RE: Liferay hosting
April 16, 2008 12:03 PM
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Total answer SoftwareTotal Answer Software
offers hosting for liferay. There is no charge for a 25 meg instance (but I do display an add).
For 4.95 a month you get 250 meg, and 19.95 you get 1 gig.
Any of the paid offerings you do not need to keep my add.
This is not high availability, but it is on business cable with 2 meg up and running on new dell poweredge.
If I get eneugh revenue I will move to a data center.
Great for churches, and small groups. You can be a subdomain yourname.tasportal.com or yourname.totalanswersoftware.com, or I can use a domain you have registered just point it to my site and let me know the url.
I am running 4.4.2 and postgres.
Stan Borbat
RE: Liferay hosting
November 25, 2008 12:07 PM
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I would recommend SliceHost, after much research I found it to be the most affordable hosting which offers you root acccess needed to set up your site. I find it an ideal enviroment for development with the ability to trash and re-install the os on your server within minutes.

Here's a link with a referral: Slicehost (please use this one)
Here's one without a referral: Link without referral

Note: I couldn't get liferay to run on their $20 - 256MB RAM slice without much thrashing. However their next plan should do the job $38 - 512MB RAM.

~Stan
Joel Fradkin
RE: Liferay hosting
December 3, 2008 7:00 PM
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totalanswersoftware.com is going well (not making me eneugh to pay for the expence yet)
I am still running 4.4.2. and have a number of sites up.
The people using the sites seem to like it and I think the speed and version of liferay have been doing a great job.
I use postgres for Data and fedora core for OS.
I have lots of different users. Some game guilds, memorial site, puppies site, lot of people just playing with liferay and no real content.
I even have on client using the 4.95 a month 250 meg site (need 39 more to break even).
Remember its free for 25 meg so drop by and sign up for a instance. My google adds are doing horid, so Iguess I dont get alot of trafic.
Google says 15,000 impressions so far. I hope I can get some more sponsored sites, I mean 4.95 a month is pretty low cost. I just copied my google add to the other sites (a free site I put a small google add on the front page), I ownder if it is crediting me correctly.
Any how most of the folks who signed up said they came from this link, so thank you for all the folks who are using the service and welcome to any new folksinterested in a small site.

Joel
Juan Gonzalez
RE: Liferay hosting
January 7, 2009 7:54 AM
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Chris Stavros
Omegabit Pre-Tests & Supports The Latest Liferay Releases
July 13, 2009 1:12 AM
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Hi Everybody,

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Hennie de Villiers
RE: Omegabit Pre-Tests & Supports The Latest Liferay Releases
December 24, 2010 4:17 AM
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I most certainly recommend Omegabit. Over the last couple of years we have used all their different services offerings for various purposes with almost zero service affecting down time. Definitely 99.9% uptime.

The range of Liferay editions and services offered make it so easy to quickly deploy horses for course and their service is excellent!

Thanks Chris and team emoticon