Install Latex to a Shared Host

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This post is intended for webmasters who wish to install Latex to their server without spending large amount of money for VPS or dedicated server. Experienced webmasters are aware that installing a root level script is not allowed in almost all shared hosting. That is why this post is not about how to install LaTex, I will simply introduce here the hosting provider that powered If you need a step-by-step guide, you can read how to install TexLive here.

You may noticed that this site is doing lot of math equations. These equations are written in Latex code, and the Latex engine will output the code into an equation.

My present host is WebFaction (WF). WF is a shared host that will allow you to install your own script. Any script won't matter to them as long as it is not illegal (phishing, virus, trojans, malware, etc). And as long that you will not exceed the limits imposed in all shared host; the run time memory. Latex can be easily installed, their online documentation is so vast and in full details, making me very confident of doing Linux from the command line.

Control Panel of WebFaction
WF has their own very intuitive control panel, it is easy to navigate and to setup everything is easy: email server, database, domain name, applications, websites, etc. If you are using CPanel, there will be small adjustments you need to consider. Per my experience, my transition was smooth and I have no difficulty adopting their environment. Below is the screenshot of their control panel.

Screenshot of new WebFaction control panel


If you need to install the latest latex release but don't want to spend a fortune in dedicated server, WebFaction offers a shared hosting solution for installing the latex script to the server.

More about WebFaction
WebFaction is using the SoftLayer Technologies (merger of The Planet) for their server which can be found at Texas USA. The company is based in London and most Django users are hosted by them. These are good news to us because SoftLayer is one of the most advance server commercially available. Their technology has the most advance infrastructure with undisputed record of uptime. The Django clients are also a good indicator that they are really good and trustworthy because this group of developers is sensitive to server response.

What is LaTex anyway
LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system. It is being used as the standard for producing technical and scientific documentations. The least it can do is to render Tex codes into equations. Below is an example of code rendered into equation.

Tex code:
$x = \dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}$

LaTex output:
$x = \dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}$

Do you need Latex for your website
Are you running a site that uses mathematics in its central discussion? If so, you need to install latex to your server but going with dedicated or virtual private server is costly. The solution is to find a shared hosting that will allow us to install our own script at the root level. Only few of these shared hosting companies will allow you to do this. WebFaction has a solid infrastructure to meet your need with a high trust from demanding group of developers.

My WebFaction Affiliate link
The WebFaction links I provided above is an affiliate link. If you plan to get a server from WebFaction, I will be thankful if you are going to use my affiliate link.

I will earn some amount of money from your purchase with that link. I will be using that money to maintain my account at WebFaction.

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