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PythonAnywhere

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PythonAnywhere vs WebFaction: What are the differences?

Developers describe PythonAnywhere as "Micro PaaS for Python web apps. Develop and host Python from your browser". It's somewhat unique. A small PaaS that supports web apps (Python only) as well as scheduled jobs with shell access. It is an expensive way to tinker and run several small apps. On the other hand, WebFaction is detailed as "Hosting for developers: full shell access to fast servers with all your favorite tools pre-installed and maintained for you". No need to spend hours installing and configuring the software, database and other tools. We have over 50 one-click installers in our control panel.

PythonAnywhere can be classified as a tool in the "Platform as a Service" category, while WebFaction is grouped under "Cloud Hosting".

"Web apps" is the primary reason why developers consider PythonAnywhere over the competitors, whereas "Cost effective" was stated as the key factor in picking WebFaction.

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Pros of PythonAnywhere
Pros of WebFaction
  • 14
    Web apps
  • 11
    Easy Setup
  • 8
    Great support
  • 8
    Shell access
  • 8
    Free plan
  • 7
    Super-easy to use
  • 5
    Libraries
  • 2
    Many things like Python are pre-installed
  • 3
    Cost effective
  • 3
    Great customer support
  • 3
    Servers administered for you
  • 2
    Comes with Rails installed automatically
  • 1
    Great documentation
  • 1
    SSH access
  • 1
    Best price
  • 1
    SSD
  • 1
    Many pre-installed apps
  • 1
    Having the least amount of new "fancy" terminologies
  • 1
    No needs configuration

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Cons of PythonAnywhere
Cons of WebFaction
  • 1
    No root access
  • 1
    Really small community
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    What is PythonAnywhere?

    It's somewhat unique. A small PaaS that supports web apps (Python only) as well as scheduled jobs with shell access. It is an expensive way to tinker and run several small apps.

    What is WebFaction?

    No need to spend hours installing and configuring the software, database and other tools. We have over 50 one-click installers in our control panel.

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    What tools integrate with PythonAnywhere?
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      Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
      Google App Engine
      Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
      Codeanywhere
      A development platform that enables you to not only edit your files from underlying services like FTP, GitHub, Dropbox and the like, but on top of that gives you the ability to collaborate, embed and share through Codeanywhere on any device.
      DigitalOcean
      We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.
      Linode
      Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.
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