Rails/Lighttpd Hosting Panel.

Posted by ezmobius Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:31:00 GMT

I have started work on a pet project to build a lightweight hosting control panel for rails/lighttpd servers. I am interested to see if there is interest in a project like this.

I plan on making it so you can create rails projects and start and stop lighttpd and your fcgi processes. Basically a web based panel similar to Locomotive.

So my questions are… What other features would people like to see in a set up like this? I’m thinking of also letting you run your rake tasks and get them pretty printed to the interface and also allow switchtower commands.


Also this is a call to arms for anyone who would like to join this project to help out. Interface design or ruby/rails skills would be most welcome. Or leave a comment if you want to help test as well.

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  1. topfunky said about 2 hours later:
    I'd be interested in testing it. Would this be built for a dedicated host only, or would it work in conjunction with a shared hosting account?
  2. Ezra Zygmuntowicz said about 4 hours later:
    Well thats the question isn't it? ;-) I would like to make it work in either case. So probably the version for a dedicated server would have more features and control, but I would also like to support a shared account like textdrive. I'm thinking about having a lighttpd config file generator and access to spinner, spawner, reaper and all that. So yes I will be supporting shared as well as dedicated. I will let you know when I get something up and running.
  3. Steve Odom said about 4 hours later:
    Some tools to auto delete log files and other regular maintenance would be great. For those of us who are not experienced in setting up cron jobs and/or just not aware of best practices to keep things running efficiently.
  4. LninYo said about 7 hours later:
    Kinda like "myRails" (a la mySQLAdmin) ?? I think its a great idea. I would like to help out to the extent that I can. I have some architectural type experience (ERP systems) but not too much hands on coding (yet). I think sooner or later there is going to be a need for a consolidated deployment/control/management tool for Rails. I woul be very interested in helping out with this project as much as I can (testing at the very least)
  5. Matthew said 3 days later:
    I'd like to help out as far as I could Ezra, I think that a hosting panel could be a great project for a rails app and interface: cpanel could definitely be improved upon.
  6. Muyiwa said 11 days later:
    Great idea. I would love it. Especially if it will be easy to add on plugins. Just like locomotive with the bundle package. Also, making it a self contained application will be great.
  7. Abdur-Rahman (rails (at) advany (dott) com) said 15 days later:
    I was just planning myself for something like this, but I would like to pitch in... I had posted this to the rails mailing list with NO respons :( www.advany.com/rails/
  8. Kaveh Ahmadian said 128 days later:
    Are you still interested in this project? I'm not only willing to help with coding/design, but I can most likely donate a dedicated server for testing/development. Please e-mail me.
  9. Jed Hurt said 227 days later:
    Hey Ezra, this sounds like a really cool idea. I'm somewhat new to Rails still, but I have a few years experience in XHTML/CSS coding and design; and I would love to help out with it. This seems like a project that the Rails community as a whole could really benefit from. Please let me know if you are still interested in getting this thing off the ground. Maybe we could submit a project request to RubyForge and start gathering help?

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