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Your own needs may be small, but since a single serve can actually host dozens of different sites, and any host is unlikely to give you your very own Cobalt blade all to yourself, you may want to think about the load that the actual machine is likely to be running.
I'd also suggest that any host running PHP as CGI rather than mod, is either a fairly conservative organisation, or just not up to speed with how best to use their own hardware. Just my 2 Flanian Pobble beads :)! If someone thinks what I've written is wrong or misleading, do shout me down.
search in the other forums like Webmaster General and the like for recommendations. That's how I ended up with aletia, which is fine for my use, but perhaps not for a high-traffic site (I don't know). Great features. All hosts get a lot of complaints and most cheap hosts get more complaints, but no hosts get no complaints. Aletia gets a lot of complaints and a lot of happy customers. I'm one of the latter. There are *many* others that are also appropriate for misers like me. Just pick one and try it for a while.
Generally speaking, I would say there are many considerations more important than the CGI/module consideration. If it's a shared hosting solution, overall server load may be more important than how PHP is running.
My advice for someone who doesn't have a lot of cash riding on this:
- just pick a host and see if it works
- don't sign up for a long-term contract
- don't let your host handle your domain registration
This gives you flexibility to switch quickly if you have problems
However, PHP module does have some problems. Sometimes the garbage collection is not working properly, and I end up have 20Mb Apache processes lying around. CGI version can also work with suexec so that your PHP scripts can run using your own user ID. It provides more security I guess because some sensitive data (password to the DB for example) does not have to be readable by other users.
I think all of this is more relevant for someone running his or her own server. In other words, if you're sharing a server, then I would guess that there are so many other factors that come in to play. You are comparing your server with mod_php vs with the cgi version. I think SmallTime needs to look at the whole picture and that this is likely to be one of the less important decision factors.
Anyway, there used to also be some security vulnerabilities that existed only in the CGI module too, but I think this is mostly fixed, isn't it?