Self Hosted vs Shared Hosting

Charles edited this page Jan 16, 2018 · 1 revision

Platform for ChurchCRM is flexible. It all depends on your technical ability and your system requirements.

  • Self-hosting a CentOS/Ubuntu or running a VPS on something like Linode gives you the most control over the platform. Some hosting providers place weird restrictions on upload sizes and script run times.

  • Using shared hosting like "A Small Orange," "Go Daddy," et.al. means less responsibility on your part to manage the platform, but at a possible cost of performance/features.

Another point of consideration is data security - If you're "self-hosting," you're not sharing your platform with other users (but you still have to make sure the server is locked-down). If you're using shared hosting, your data is only as secure as your provider has configured.

In either scenario, you're still responsible for backing up your data.

We maintain a list of issues encountered separated by platform type:

We have had success with both styles of installation, and the choice is really up to you.

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