github http://github.com for source control and wikis
sendgrid http://sendgrid.com or Amazon SES for email
mogotest http://mogotest.com for browser testing
recurly http://recurly.com for managing recurring payments
tender http://tenderapp.com for support / help desk
linode http://linode.com for hosting or Amazon EC2
mocksup http://mocksup.com for quick and easy mockups
clicky http://getclicky.com for analytics
zerigo http://www.zerigo.com for dns and monitoring
AWS http://aws.amazon.com S3, EC2, and everything else :)
"Deploy and Manage Linux Virtual Servers in the Linode Cloud. Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location."
I'd really be interested in any insight any MediaTemple users have!
Edit: I should mention that I recently purchased a domain from MediaTemple because currently you can registe one .com for $5. Otherwise, though, I'm currently using Dreamhost for site hosting and my other domain registrations. I'd really like to know what more they truly offer for hosting!
My setup is the mediatemple for client projects and a linode vps for my own personal playground
I like them because they are like an entry level honda to, for comparison, say the Rolls Royce of one of the more expensive Rackspace plans.
I don't know if anyone else has used rackspace but I had a client who did once. You pay them something like $2000 - $4000 a month but everytime you call them you instantly get a person on the phone that can get you to someone who can help you fix your problem.
With mediatemple you have to deal with a machine answering and wait 5 or 10 minutes but you only pay $200 for the whole year. And the service and knowledge of the support people is comparable.
They also have a great control panel with all of the standard dns configuration, 1 click app installation, administrative stuff.
Long story short they have plenty of things that automate the tedious setup process of building a site and pretty good customer service.
Though I would agree for the more tech savvy go for the free Amazon ec2 instance and scale up from there or invest in a vps with linode or slicehost.
If you have any specific questions feel free to ask. I know my answer was really general
Thanks again for your time and for replying!
and phone support is about the only difference as far as I can tell.
Its nice to be able to call someone
I'm genuinely curious!
If anyone wants to work with MongoDB (nosql database) it's a lot easier to let them handle the details instead of adding it to your already huge list of things you need to do, know, learn etc. They have free databases you can mess around with, and their paid ones are a lot cheaper than getting more vps's/dedicateds/cloud instances - these guys save me time, headaches and money.
Free MS software for 3 years including Windows, Visual Studio, SQL Server etc. Generous terms when your 3 years are up.
Very cheap DNS, I use them at Playtomic which millions of people hit each day. They have generous query limits - $14/year for 5 million queries/month should well and truly cover most startups - and if like me that's closer to "a day" then a month they're still yet to implement overage charges.
Uptime and latency monitoring for your servers. I'm still only using their free plan which is a mistake on my part - I just haven't had time to get it all set up properly and have the data piped into my own dashboard but it is on my to do list.
High Scalability: http://highscalability.com/
Not a service, but an awesome blog that you should read if you are dealing with big numbers or big data, or aspiring to. They're one of the few out-of-my-industry blogs I actually go to without coming through HN.
Web Hosting Talk: http://webhostingtalk.com/
If you're not excited about being billed per hour, per request and per gigabyte for storage and bandwidth in teh cloudz then you can get awesome deals on all levels of hosting there, esp good for dedicateds and vps.
Fusion Charts: http://www.fusioncharts.com/
I don't use them anymore but they have a great library of free Flash charts you can use. AMCharts (http://www.amcharts.com/) is another one that I still use but only for their world maps.
Team collaboration: http://www.flowdock.com/
No matter what are the other tools you're using, Flowdock keeps your team organized and up-to-date. Google Wave done right.
Version control: http://www.github.com/
Agile project management: http://www.pivotaltracker.com/
Customer feedback: http://www.uservoice.com/
Service monitoring: http://www.pingdom.com/
Scalable database: http://www.mongodb.org/
Everyone in the company is using an OS X desktop, and our servers (hosted in several places) are powered by Ubuntu Linux and Chef (systems management).
I'm sure many people here would recommend Linode, Slicehost, or Heroku as competent alternatives.
Personally, I have worked on one site that was hosted on a (dv) server with Media Temple (for three months.. I was only filling in), and had nothing but good experiences with them.
Their prices are definitely high though, so I don't know if I'd call them exactly startup-friendly. I wasn't the one paying for the site I worked with, but if I had to pay for it myself, I'd probably look elsewhere.
hosting and db: google app engine (free)
mail: google apps (free)
support: get satisfaction (free)
blog: tumblr (free)
graphics: gimp (free)
analytics: google analytics (free)
:this is what I use for all my projects: http://shaloc.com, http://checkinmania.com, http://misotrendy.com
more at http://initlabs.com
It has some gaps though depending on what you're going to use it for. For example, its sending/receiving to/from custom domains is quite limited.
To fix that I've used:
-To send emails from a custom domain: SendGrid.com
-To receive emails sent to a custom domain: CloudMailin.net
For buying domain names, I've switched from GoDaddy to name.com, just to get away from the awfulness that is GoDaddy's UI.
I've been using this for programming, it has been working flawlessly. And DropBox is the only system so far that handles my 1GB file without choking, and does so quickly enough that a day's changes (and the repo changes) only take a few minutes to scan and upload.
If you don't take care of yourself, nothing else in your toolbox matters.
domaintools - domain monitor for stalking that domain that you absolutely have to have http://www.domaintools.com/monitor/
I'm currently using the free plan for a handful of projects and it's awesome.
Visual Website Optimizer http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/ for A/B testing
Only thing with Pixelmator is it's Mac only (unless I missed fine print somewhere). You might not have Macs laying around if you're on a really tight budget. Gimp might be good to throw out there since it's free and works on multiple platforms.
They're also working on Deliverhq, basically transactional email delivery like Sendgrid.
skype, google voice, googleApps,
yammer: to communicate with your teammates
gomockingbird.com easy way to create mockups browser based
amazon ec2/s3 for hosting
(Disclaimer: I work on the app - we'll also cut a deal for the toolbox if it moves forward)
Hosted SVN/Git: http://www.assembla.com/
-> I prefer it over Github.
Real Browser Website Monitoring: http://www.alertfox.com/free-website-monitoring/
-> Once you have your web app running, make sure it really works.
We have been using both for more than a year now. Great services! Both over free plans, too.
There's a free version, but I'd be happy to give your readers a discount on the Pro and Enterprise packages (they are relatively affordable anyway).
If you're interested drop me an email, which is info@ the domain above :-)
bitbucket.org --> Free private repositories
amazon ec2 --> Free usage tier for a year
uservoice --> basic functionality is free
Password Management: http://passpack.com/
Stickers: http://www.stickermule.com/ :-)
Exception notification, mainly ruby but has an easy to implement API. Plugins available for many other frameworks afaik.
Only to be used in the week after you close a round!