Django is a handy development framework based on Python. Since Python is very popular, finding a good hosting service for deploying your Django project or web application should not be difficult at all. There are, however, some things to consider when shopping for the right Django hosting package.
Support for Databases
Most Django apps rely on databases to store information. Django is natively developed to work with PostgreSQL, so finding a hosting service that supports this database framework can help you save a lot of time. On top of that, Django also works with MySQL, Microsoft SQL and even Oracle. However, you have to make adjustments to your project before you can read and write from these database frameworks efficiently using Django.
Most hosting companies offer database support with every hosting plan they offer. Some even take it a step further and offer PostgreSQL pre installed and pre-configured, which means you don’t have to worry about setting it up from the beginning.
There are also several hosting services designed specifically for hosting Django applications. These hosting services come with Python and everything you need to run your Django applications already configured. Not only that, you also get technical support people that are familiar with Django, which means you don’t have to worry about not being able to deploy the Django-based website you have created at all.
Django-specific hosting is perfect for those of you who develop in Django but don’t want to worry about the long-term maintenance of your hosting account or the server. The hosting company will handle all the hard work for you, allowing you to focus on improving the Django site itself.
The only downside of using Django-specific hosting is the price. Most of the available services are still more expensive than conventional hosting plans. There are free Django hosting options available though, perfect for when you just need to test your application on a live server.
Root Access and Server Resources
Django is very lean as a framework. It doesn’t need a lot of server resources to run smoothly. When you start handling a large amount of traffic, however, you need a capable server to keep user experience at its best. This is where selecting a hosting service with enough server resources comes in.
Forget about hosting space and monthly bandwidth. Chances are you get plenty of those with most hosting services available today. What you need to focus on more is the actual processing power of the server. In other words, you need to know the server resources allocated to your account precisely.
In many cases, going for a VPS, cloud VPS or even a dedicated hosting service package is the best way to go. You can start with the smallest service package available to save on web hosting. As your site grows, you can then have the option to add more RAM, more hosting space and even additional processor cores to the hosting account.
Root access is just as important. Thankfully, even the most affordable Django hosting service now offer some level of root access to users. You can choose which version of Python to run – based on the version of Django you use – and tweak other server configurations freely.
Django and cPanel
A lot of developers don’t want to walk away from the convenience of using cPanel to manage their hosting accounts. Unfortunately, most cPanel-based hosting services don’t support Django without some tweaking. Thanks to a plugin called Admin-Ahead desined specifically for cPanel, it is now possible to enjoy the convenience of using cPanel and still deploy – and manage – multiple Django sites with ease.
The Admin-Ahead Django Plugin for cPanel is a handy tool to have indeed. You can install and configure multiple iterations of Python and Django for different applications. It is easy to use both mod_wsgi and mod_fcgid to run Django on top of Apache. Plus, you can still host other types of websites (i.e. WordPress or Joomla) alongside your Django applications.
The App Itself
The Django app or website you made is also an important factor to consider when choosing a Django hosting. You need to know a certain set of things about the app, including:
- The amount of disk space it needs
- The amount of RAM required for the app to run smoothly
- The kind of traffic you expect to get once the app is launched
- Specific modules and plugins that the app needs to run
- Server configuration requirements
When the application is complex and require the server to be configured specifically, for example, going for the cheaper shared hosting services or the available free