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Hosting Unchained: Manage Massive Content with Django
By Tim Brown
Are you a web developer using Python? Are you looking for a way to make Python code programming much more efficient? If so, you may want to consider a provider that supports Django hosting.
Designed by experienced Python users, Django helps you build intuitive shortcuts for commonly-used Python functions. These timesavers are especially useful when working with content-rich environments such as large databases, high-traffic blogs, and enterprise sites.
What is Django?
While the foundation it creates certainly lends itself to content management tasks, Django is much more than a typical content management system (CMS):
Django can be utilized to support blog management and commenting;
Link common users on social media platforms;
Assist with multiple content publishing needs.
Provide administrators the ability to control massive amounts of content. How massive, you ask? Think NASA; they use Django.
Any web developer knows that programming code can be long and repetitive. While Python may shorten some of the coding sequences, Django is revolutionary in that it creates alternatives to the repetition, resulting in a less lengthy programing session. Think of it as taking an elevator vs. the stairs. You can take many monotonous steps to get to the top of a tall building, or you can let a separate device do the work and get you there much quicker.
Choosing a Django Web Host
When looking for a Django host, there are three main things to keep in mind:
- Shared hosting is not an option, since Django is designed to work with large databases or massive amounts of content. This makes storage and bandwidth the primary concerns. VPS hosting may be recommended. However, ideally, a dedicated server will offer the required storage and bandwidth as well as better control over the administrative side of the server environment.
- The host must support Python 3.2 or newer. After all, Django is meant to work with Python. Why use a hosting provider that cannot handle the program you’re trying to improve?
- It won’t come free, but can be affordable. Because of the requirements we just mentioned, it’s unlikely you’ll find any free Django hosting services. Providers are simply not willing to give away that amount of storage space and technological framework. Don’t worry, though: there are several affordable hosting solutions, many coming in at under $20 a month.
While commonly referred to as a CMS, Django is actually designed to help the back-end of your CMS work better. If your site could benefit from better performing RSS feeds, forms, session cookies, sitemaps, and multiple user and language support systems, Django is worth a look.
Django helps Python, an all-purpose base-level programming language, work faster by creating shortcuts that use fewer lines of code to do the same thing that would normally require longer strings of Python. It has an intuitive administrative page which automatically sets up timesaving control options.
The best Django hosting solutions are provided by services that run Python and offer extensive storage and bandwidth, to account for the large amounts of content and traffic that necessitate the use of the Django administrative tool. You should have no trouble finding a host that meets those requirements.
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