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The Rails birthday party isn't over!

Posted by Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:47:00 GMT

Ruby on Rails is two years old now and we’ve been hosting Rails applications for over a year and a half now!

To mark this occasion, if you sign up with one of our Shared Rails Hosting plans by Friday, August 11th, we’ll give you an extra month of hosting for free!

Our hosting plans start as low as $11.25/month!

If you’re looking for a great place to deploy your Rails application with some of the cutting edge deployment options (mongrel, pound, lighttpd, capistrano, etc…) take a look at the PLANET ARGON Documentation Project to learn more.

When signing up for your new account, use the following coupon code: RAILS.IS.2.YEARS.OLD!

To learn more about our hosting options, visit or visit us in our chat room.


Posted by Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:03:00 GMT

Quick update on what’s going on at PLANET ARGON. Starting today, we are adding two more talented individuals to our Core Team. Neither of them are active bloggers yet, but if you want to meet them… you can stop by our IRC channel and say hi!

I would like to introduce Daniel Johnson, who will be joining the Rails Hosting and support side of the business. I’ve personally known him for a few years as a member of PDXLUG, a Portland Linux User Group that I helped start almost four years ago. You might keep an eye on his blog over the next few weeks… :-)

Jumping into the Rails development arena here at PLANET ARGON is Andrew Grim, who has been one of our satellite developers (contractors) for the past month. We liked him so much that we just had to offer him a full-time position.

...and if you’re considering moving to beautiful Portland, Oregon, we’re still looking for a few more people. ;-)

RailsConf, day 1

Posted by Fri, 23 Jun 2006 20:22:00 GMT

5 comments Latest by mikael Gyde Møller Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:24:03 GMT

Rails and Database Schemas

This morning, David Thomas opened up the conference by pointing out three problems that Rails needs to solve. The one that hit home for me and my love of databases… especially monolithic legacy ones… was his first bullet, “Data Integration.” Natural keys, composites, automatic AR relationships with reflection, and non-database backends. He didn’t mention stored procedures… I’ll have to ask him about that. ;-)

Shared Hosting and Rails

I’m currently sitting in Topfunky’s talk, “Rails Deployment on Shared Hosting”. He had a few funny slides… yes… deployment on shared hosting can be painful. We’ve been working with our customers to ease this problem as much as possible by collaborating on the PLANET ARGON Documentation Project. He also suggested that people consider a VPS, which is a very viable option… if you have the time and patience to setup the server. The pains of regular shared hosting are a big concern especially if you have a mission critical business application. This is why we moved towards our Rails Business Hosting plans and are working out the details for yet another step above in terms of cost and reliability. Stay tuned for more details…

I’ll post more notes later…

Rails Business Hosting Encourages Weekend Getaways

Posted by Sun, 28 May 2006 16:34:00 GMT

Wow, it’s only been two weeks since the PLANET ARGON team announced our new suite of Rails Business Hosting plans and the response has been great! Some of our existing customers are taking advantage of this and upgrading their accounts and moving to the new exclusive resort of Rails hosting.

A few people have asked some important questions about our new Rails Business Hosting plans.

  • Can I use it as a reseller account?
    • No, this suite of plans is targeted towards businesses who need a more isolated environment for hosting their new web application running on Ruby on Rails! This would violate our 10-15 customers per server arrangement.
  • How is this better than my own VPS?
    • We’ll admit, a VPS is a nice option and would be a competitor to our new plans. However, one key difference is that we manage the server for you. Not all developers are also Unix system administrators. We’ve been hosting Rails applications for well over a year and understand the complexities that surround deployment and hosting them and leverage this experience when we architect our hosting environments.
  • Do you have documentation for your new plans?
    • Yes! We’re modeling our environment to be very similar to our standard rails hosting plans, so the information being collected on the PLANET ARGON Documentation Project is accurate. This also makes it easy for you to move from one of your current accounts to the new service as only a few variables will change.

How many of you have taken a long vacation and not needed to worry about your servers and applications staying up? We’re hoping to help you take that cruise, those three weeks on a tropical island, or the rafting trip your friends keep talking about.

We’re here so you don’t have to be!

Learn more about out Rails Business Hosting plans.

PLANET ARGON Monthly Newsletter, May 10, 2006

Posted by Sun, 14 May 2006 12:56:00 GMT

(copy/pasted from email)

  • New Business Level Rails Hosting Plans
  • New Rails Application Audit Service
  • Jeremy Signs Book Deal with O’Reilly
  • Robby and Jeremy speak at Canada on Rails
  • Ruby on Rails Podcast features PLANET ARGON
  • Project Borat
  • New Face at PLANET ARGON
  • New PLANET ARGON Documentation Project
  • Upcoming Events

New Business Level Rails Hosting Plans Launched

As a PLANET ARGON newsletter subscriber you are one of the first to hear about our new suite of business class hosting plans. Are you are seeking a cost effective solution for hosting your business critical Rails application, but aren’t ready for a dedicated server? Our Rails Business Hosting plans are just what you are looking for! More bandwidth, more disk space, more ram and fewer neighbors. Forget about the perils of sharing a server with a couple hundred users. The Rails Business Hosting plans limit the number of users on a server to no more than 15.

“All of the service and support of a shared server,” says David Gibbons, PLANET ARGON’s Lead Systems Administrator. “You’ll never have to worry about the headaches of server administration, but you still reap the benefits from being one of a select few having to share resources.”

For more information on the Rails Business Hosting plans, please visit:

New Rails Audit Service

PLANET ARGON has a new service for businesses building web applications with Ruby on Rails: A $2500, 48 hour turn-around code audit and analysis.

“We built this service specifically for businesses wanting expert advice on how to improve and optimize their Rails applications,” says Peat Bakke, the Project Director at PLANET ARGON. “A little guidance makes a big difference, especially with development teams who are new to Rails.”

The audit provides recommendations tailored to your Rails application that might include optimizing database interactions, improving test coverage, simplifying AJAX interactions, automation with Rake, RESTful behaviors, and plugins.

For more information on our new audit service, contact us today:

Jeremy Signs Book Deal with O’Reilly

We are very excited to announce that Jeremy Voorhis, PLANET ARGON’s very own Lead Architect, has signed a deal with leading technical book publisher, O’Reilly Media. Jeremy will be writing Rails in a Nutshell, part of the popular Nutshell series. This means that PLANET ARGON has not one, but two authors writing books about Ruby on Rails! Congratulations Jeremy!

For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit:

Robby and Jeremy speak at Canada on Rails

Where were Robby and Jeremy on April 14? They were both speaking at the Canada on Rails conference in Vancouver, BC. Robby presented Sneaking Rails through the (Legacy) System, and Jeremy talked about Globalizing Rails.

Robby shared his insight about bending ActiveRecord’s conventions to work with a legacy database and gave a live demonstration of how this could be done with Dell’s freely available video store database. Check out the presentation slides for Sneaking Rails through the (Legacy) System at

Jeremy shared his experiences from developing and using the Globalize plugin to internationalize Rails applications. This covers the Globalize basics as well as tips and tricks for designing your application. View the presentation for Internationalizing Rails at

PLANET ARGON currently has a site in production that supports 18 languages and is fully translatable through the web. PLANET ARGON is also the hosting sponsor of the Globalize project, which can be found at

For those of you who were unable to join us in Vancouver, Robby has collected informative links from Canada on Rails including many of the speakers’ slides. Check it out at:

Even better, you can hear more from both Robby and Jeremy at RailsConf in Chicago this June.

Ruby on Rails Podcast features PLANET ARGON

Be sure to check out one of the latest Ruby on Rails Podcasts recorded in Vancouver, BC at the Canada on Rails conference earlier in April. Jeremy Voorhis and Robby Russell, both speakers at the event, had a chance to sit down with Geoffrey Grosenbach to discuss PLANET ARGON development practices, projects, deployment, books, and our involvement in the the Rails community.

Listen now!

Project Borat

Project Borat is a top secret development project here at PLANET ARGON. It’s a big project with high expectations, a fairly tight delivery schedule, an open ended feature set, and flexible priorities. The Client has extensive startup experience, expertise in the target market and some rather good ideas.

What is it? We can’t tell you. Who’s The Client? We can’t say. What does it do? Sorry. When will we see it? Nope.

How are you building it? Ahh .. yes. That’s something we will enthusiastically blog about in the months to come.

Check out Robby’s first installment at:

PLANET ARGON Documentation Project

David Gibbons, PLANET ARGON’s resident Systems Administrator, recently launched a new website for the PLANET ARGON hosting community, which hopes to bring together the PLANET ARGON staff and customers to develop some first class documentation for managing your hosting account at PLANET ARGON. Tutorials ranging from installing PostgreSQL to using Capistrano with PLANET ARGON have been created and maintained by many of our customers. We encourage all our existing customers to stop by and see how you can help out and hopefully you’ll learn a few tricks!

A big thank you goes out to the PLANET ARGON customers who have helped seed the project and to those of you who will continue to build upon it.

Visit the PLANET ARGON Documentation Project:


The demand for Ruby on Rails development is growing, and PLANET ARGON is growing to meet the demand! Meet Brian Ford, the newest addition to our development team. He’s not on our about page yet, but in the meantime you can check out his blog at (

Upcoming Events

Until next time—


Robby, Allison, Jeremy, David, Jason, Peat, and Brian

Rails Business Hosting Gets a Holiday

Posted by Thu, 11 May 2006 21:31:00 GMT

9 comments Latest by Justin Tue, 16 May 2006 15:47:04 GMT

We’ve finally let the cat out of the bag. We’ve been testing out things for the past few months and a public announcement is long over due. PLANET ARGON has just announced our new Rails Business Hosting packages, which start from as low as $75/month.

How does this service differ from our existing Rails hosting? Well, your accounts are placed on special island servers… and there are very few neighbors. Think about it. Standard shared hosting is like going downtown and there is traffic everywhere. Cars, street construction, help vampires... you know what I’m talking about. It works out for some people, but it can also be stressful for both you and your customers.

This is why PLANET ARGON has been working on a building better solution for those who are seeking a more relaxing and less noisy hosting environment. We’ve been hosting Rails applications for over a year… and we’re proud to have been one of the first providers in the community. Our team has learned much about Rails…heck, two of us are writing books on the subject and as a development firm who also has to deploy Rails applications for our clients, we know first hand the difficulties that are associated with deploying your application in a shared environment.

It’s probably safe for us to say, “we’ve helped deploy more Rails apps than you have.” ;-)

Rails Business Hosting

Our new Rails Business Hosting plans aim to provide better performance, uptime, scaling options, security, and deployment support. This solution is perfect for those who are launching their new Rails applications but don’t have the budget to purchase their own servers or the technical knowhow to administer a VPS. Let us do it for you and hopefully this will let you get back to doing what you do best—managing your business and building the next iteration of your product.

“All of the service and support of a shared server,” says David Gibbons, PLANET ARGON’s Lead Systems Administrator. “You’ll never have to worry about the headaches of server administration, but you still reap the benefits from being one of a select few having to share resources.”

Learn more about our Rails Business Hosting plans!

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