Since I having been trying to use more Urdu on this weblog, I have run up against a number of issues related to Perl 5.6.1’s support for Unicode, which is the version installed on my web host’s servers. I asked them if they had any plans of upgrading Perl to a more recent version (5.8.x) but Dreamhost has no such plans in the near future since the current stable release of Debian Linux includes Perl 5.6.1. Until Debian 3.1 is released and installed on Dreamhost’s servers, I am out of luck.
Therefore, I have two options:
- Install Perl 5.8.6 in my user account (without root access). I have heard that this is a hassle and I am not sure what sort of problems I could run into. Plus would I have to maintain all Perl modules that I need by myself as well? If you have any thoughts on the matter or can point to an installation guide for non-root users, please let me know.
- Change web hosts to one which has Perl 5.8.1 or later installed. Please suggest reasonable web hosts.
Currently, I am on the Dreamhost Crazy Domain Insane plan which costs about $120 per year. It includes 2.4GB disk space, 120 GB/month bandwidth, 1 free domain registration, 3 domains and 15 subdomains hosting, unlimited MySQL databases, video streaming, lots of email accounts, etc. I am currently using about 415 MB of disk space and 3 GB/month bandwidth.
My requirements would include at least 1 GB of disk space and 20 GB/month bandwidth. I have 4 subdomains right now, so at least that number should be available. I would need at least 3 MySQL databases as well.
Currently, the major use of my web hosting is with Movable Type and WordPress. I am also posting lots of photographs and some videos (streaming) online. So obviously a new web host would need to support these.
What do you think are the pros and cons of the two options I have listed? Which do you think would be better? Please note that other than the Perl Unicode support issue, I am satisfied with Dreamhost.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.