Thanks. This is the best source of information on hosting companies that allow Java that I have found. I should be kept busy for sometime checking them out. Does anyone have favorites? Dave
posted 20 years ago
Well, I'm currently with TriStar, but I'm dissapointed with them, and considering moving my site. When I originally got the account, their servlet experience ws very low, and they sold me the service on the basis that Netscape Enterprise Server supports Servlets. Well, strictly it does, but it only supports the 1.0 servlet API, and it has a *very* buggy JVM so everyone else recommends that you use an add-on servlet engine such as JRun, ServletExec or WAICoolRunner. When I approached TriStar, they informed me that an add-on servlet engine was not an option for the $35/month "Gold" account I have, but only on the $49/month "Ultra" account which has lots of other features I don't need. And it costs extra too. Currently I do run Servlets on my site, but only by running one of the free pure-Java webservers on a spare port, with a cron script to keep restarting it when something else in TriStar's system kills it. It's a really clumsy solution. I'd much rather be running Apache and Jserv. I'll probably try HostPro next, unless anyone has any bad experience of them, or good experience of anyone else.