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I've just finished a social network, and went for a shared hosting... (because that's what I can afford for now).

I used Openfire(for XMPP private messages) and Imagick (for image resizing), but I found that I can't install them on a shared hosting. So I find myself with 2 options:

  1. Go for a dedicated server (which I can't afford)
  2. Use ajax for private messages (with less performance)... and re-size images using plain PHP...

I'm very confused not knowing what to do at this stage.

Do you think there is any other option??

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You could use a CDN or image sharing site to both re-size and host the images for you. This site (Pro Webmasters) for example uses the later (view the source code on a post with a screenshot). –  dan Nov 22 '13 at 23:57
    
What's a CDN... I'm going to search for this one. thank you –  SmootQ Nov 23 '13 at 0:03
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Content Delivery Network. No problem, good luck! –  dan Nov 23 '13 at 0:04
    
I found this one : cdnconnect.com.. I think I'll choose this solution.. –  SmootQ Nov 23 '13 at 0:05
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There's no problem, thank you ... go ahead :) –  SmootQ Nov 23 '13 at 0:39
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