PostgreSQL Popularity?

Posted By: Tony Baird

Last Updated: Saturday June 21, 2008

We’ve had PostgreSQL feature for over 2 months now and I estimate we have just 1 customer actually making use of it.  I’m basing this off the fact one of our newer customers made a ticket about PostgreSQL being broken on one of our newer servers and sure enough it was!  Today I just checked another machine and it’s PostgreSQL was now throwing errors and not allowing people to make databases!

The reasoning for adding it was due to all the requests for it.  I think maybe the requests most people did not have any plans on actually using it.  Maybe they had software which said PostgreSQL or MySQL and they attempted Postgres first.

So I’m wondering is there anyone out there in the shared web hosting world that actually wants or needs PostgreSQL?

I use Postgres all the time and I think it’s a pretty awesome and comparable if not better than MySQL in area’s.  I am starting to think however it’s lack of popularity is not due to the lack of web hosts supporting it but other reasons.  The one that comes to mind is there is no good way to upgrade versions.  In order to upgrade you need to dump your data then import it again in the new version.  This is just down right silly and probably means very few people want to use it even in development environments!

Anyways… Postgres is here to stay but we figure the usage will be in the range of 0.0001% of our user base.

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