LiveCode Hosting Done Right.

LiveCode Hosting refers to a hosting service that can run server-side LiveCode scripts, allowing you to create your own web apps using an English-like programming language.

Your HostM hosting account comes with LiveCode Hosting as a built-in feature and offers fast, reliable hosting for unlimited domains starting at just $3.95/mo.

The free edition of LiveCode Server, called LiveCode Community Server, comes pre-installed on all HostM hosting accounts. You also have the option to switch to the paid version by showing proof of purchase from LiveCode Ltd.

Here are some examples of the kind of code you can write in LiveCode:

put "Hello, world!"
put "It is now" && the time & "."
put "Two plus three is" && (2 + 3) & "."
put the last word of mySentence into myLastWord
if x is an integer then put line x of myList into myLine

As you can see, unlike most programming languages, which force you to think the way they work, LiveCode works the way you think.

With LiveCode Server, you can create full-fledged web applications in less time than it would take with a different programming language.

A great benefit that you gain with programming in LiveCode is that the same language can also be used to create desktop and mobile apps for a wide range of platforms including macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and Raspberry Pi.

Here are some of the many reasons why HostM provides the best LiveCode Hosting setup:
  • LiveCode Community Server is already pre-installed and kept up-to-date on all our servers.
  • LiteSpeed Web Server powers your websites, and is up to 45x faster than Apache, the standard web server used by most hosting providers.
  • cPanel Control Panel is the leading hosting control panel and comes with your hosting account.
  • Full .htaccess Support including features such as mod_rewrite.
  • CloudLinux ensures that your websites remain stable and secure at all times.
  • Pricing from $3.95/mo allows you to run unlimited websites and email while paying less.
  • Host Unlimited Domains on your hosting account with their own websites and email.
  • Unlimited Web Space and Traffic means you don't have to keep worrying about whether you might exceed them.
  • Nightly Backups ensure that all of your websites remain safe and secure in the event of a disaster.
  • See the full list of features!

Q. How does LiveCode Hosting work?

Just as we pre-install other web languages such as PHP, Python and Perl, we also pre-install LiveCode Community Server (or LiveCode Server if you’ve purchased it from LiveCode Ltd) on our servers and keep it up-to-date.

This means you get to focus on developing your web apps rather than waste valuable time testing, installing, updating, and troubleshooting LiveCode Server itself. All you need to do is upload your .lc LiveCode scripts and run them.

Unlike most hosting providers, we are LiveCode hosting experts and use LiveCode for our own projects, so you’re in good hands.

Q. Does your hosting service support the commercial (paid) edition of LiveCode Server?

Yes, it does. Simply provide proof of purchase, such as a receipt from LiveCode Ltd. We can then switch your hosting account over to a commercial edition of LiveCode Server, which we also keep up-to-date on your behalf.

We typically make the latest version of LiveCode Server available on our servers within a couple of days of its release, once it passes our suite of stability tests to help ensure it doesn't have any obvious bugs that might affect your sites.

The most important differences between the commercial (paid) and community (free) editions of LiveCode Server are that you’re able to use encrypted (password protected) stacks with the commercial edition, and that the commercial edition is kept up-to-date. These help improve the security of your web app deployments.

Q. Do you support LiveCode Server 9.x, 8.x, 7.x, and 6.x?

Yes, our servers currently support LiveCode Server 9.x, 8.x, 7.x, and 6.x.

By default, version 9.6.3 of LiveCode Community Server (the free edition) is pre-installed and usable by all hosting clients.

At this time, LiveCode Ltd has discontinued further releases of LiveCode Community Server, so this is expected to remain at 9.6.3 for the foreseeable future.

If you have purchased LiveCode Server (the paid edition) from LiveCode Ltd, you can choose to have your hosting account switched over to that, as described above.

The paid version of LiveCode Server is still actively maintained by LiveCode Ltd, so we will continue to keep it up-to-date, subject to it passing our suite of stability tests.

At this time, our servers default to running LiveCode Server 9.x for .lc files.

If desired, you may change the default major version of LiveCode for a specific folder and its sub-folders using an .htaccess file. Contact us via the Client Lounge for more information.

In addition, you may utilize a specific major version of LiveCode Server via the use of the following file extensions in your HostM acccount: .lc9, .lc8, .lc7, and.lc6.

Q. Do you support both the “angled brackets” and “hashbang” methods of running LiveCode scripts?

Yes, we support both methods of running LiveCode scripts on our servers. The latter method can be useful in helping to determine the script LiveCode is running when troubleshooting a LiveCode Server process.

Q. Does LiveCode Server work with MariaDB?

Yes! Since MariaDB is compatible with MySQL, the existing LiveCode MySQL drivers already work with MariaDB. In addition, if you are migrating any MySQL databases over, they should work seamlessly with MariaDB.

Q. Can I get my LiveCode desktop or mobile app to communicate with a MariaDB/MySQL database in my HostM account?

Yes, you can. We recommend creating a HTTPS-based API layer for this purpose. Check out our guide on How to Get a LiveCode Desktop or Mobile App to Communicate with a MariaDB/MySQL Database.

Q. Do your servers support both LiveCode Server and LiveCode HTML5?

Yes, although most web projects only require LiveCode Server. Be sure to check out our article LiveCode Server vs LiveCode HTML5 — Which Should I Use for My Web Project?

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