ColdFusion hosting (shared) certainly isn’t as ubiquitous as say PHP, but there are some well known hosting providers that you can use particuarly for smaller clients on a budget.
Some of the more popular ones are Hostmysite and Crystal Tech. Last week some colleagues turned me on to Hosting A to Z who are the cheapest I’ve ever seen, with prices as low as USD$34.99 a year (not a month…a year!). That particular plan includes 1 MSSQL database, free setup fee and reasonable traffic. Only 500MB of disk space though which may be a problem for some sites.
As usual there are concerns when putting your site on a shared host, performance probably being at the top of the list. Other concerns may be things like:
- Amount of RAM
- Other clients/applications running (and typing up resources)
- Network speeds
- Database connectivity and speeds
- Disaster Recovery
- Stats package
- etc al
hostingatoz run Intel Xeon’s with 2.8 to 3.2 CPU’s with 2-4GB of RAM, boast 99.9% uptime and 24 x 7 x 365 customer support. Not too bad for the price. Oh and by the way, they run ColdFusion MX 7 Enterprise.
The only thing for me is that I’d never heard of them. In itself that certainly isn’t a reason not to try them, but I do know that a LOT of people use hostmysite and crystaltech and I’ve generally heard good things about them.
You can read more here. Happy hosting :)