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Setting up Django at Webreus.nl
Before I explain how you can setup Django on webreus.nl I should add a bit of context.
At the moment I'm in the process of creating a Django powered website. I was looking for the cheapest hosting I could find, as I do not think I'm pull too much traffic. Webreus is dirtcheap (just 10EUR a year) for the smallest package. For that price you get a lot, only no shell access.
Before I tried, they didn't have mod_python working properly (they ran python2.2), and did not have mysqldb. The kind people of webreus were able to set up both (mod_python now on python2.4), and my django setup works.
I'll quickly summarize how I got things working.
First of all, I have a full django enabled webserver setup at home: running on windows XP with Uniform Server. I wanted to be able to test every aspect of Django at home with apache/mysql and mod_python.
One thing in this setup is out of the ordinary: Django is installed in the www part of filesystem, not in the python site_package directory. This will come in handy when things will be moved to webreus. I have django enabled through a .htaccess file:
SetHandler python-program AddHandler mod_python .py PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE <yoursite>.settings PythonDebug On
My directory structure is as follows
www + django | + django (which is the django source) | + mysite (which is mysite's source) + site-media
Setting all this up has been done by following the various installation guides.
Webreus 5 steps setup
- Have a working django setup at home (used for developing)
I set up a system at home as described above. When this was all working I signed up with webreus. Within 2 days I had a new domain and all the information I needed. They run Plesk and do not provide shell access.
- Setup the databases on webreus
Through Plesk databases can be setup, this involves following the Plesk manual. No rocket science at all, just some click work. In the end this gives you phpMyAdmin to configure (in my case) a mysql database. Make sure the database setup is the same as the 'home setup' (otherwise you'll just have to change the settings.py).
- Upload your files to webreus
Then I uploaded all my local files, through a ftp upload to the 'httpdocs' directory. Again no rocket science.
- Import your development sql-export into the webreus database
Now the main trick comes: without shell access there is no way to setup the database according to the 'models.py'. The way I've solved this is to replicate my home mysql database to webreus. Just exporting the database tables with contents through phpMyAdmin and uploading them again at webreus.
- Visit your website
This was enough to get everything to work.
If you have any questions, just let me know: find my contact details in the history of this page.
I have received feedback about this howto, and it seems that people are getting error messages from mod_python2.2. The webreus.nl crew worked some magic to get it working for me. You might need to ask if they flip some switches for you too... Again: if you run into problems, let me know!