Running Liferay on Shared Hosting

26 06 2009

This is a little off my usual set of topics, but something that hopefully others will find valuable, since there is such little information about this on the net.

Let’s say that you have are launching a new portal website for a Java technology project (such as, and have the following constraints/desires:

  1. You need a site that can handle dynamic content, access controls, forums, blogs, etc.
  2. The underlying portal technology needs to be Java-based.  No way you are hacking PHP (been there, never again…)
  3. You are on a budget.  It is a choice between server hosting and paying your cable bill, and not having the latter would impact your happiness more than the former.

So, with those constraints, you might be brave enough to try putting Liferay Portal on a Shared Tomcat Hosting plan.  Would a dedicated VPS be easier?  Sure, but you also pay more $$$ per bandwidth/disk/cpu.

(I am intentionally not mentioned any hosting companies by name, but if you look around you should be able to find shared Tomcat hosting for under $10/month.)

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