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Thread: Looking for an ownCloud alternative that actually works

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    Looking for an ownCloud alternative that actually works

    Hello there,

    first, I'm not sure if I should post that in "Server", but since it is not strictly related to Ubuntu-based solutions, I bet not.

    In my quest to cut my dependence on proprietary and/or insecure online services provider, I found ownCloud, that looked very promising as it respected the following basic requirements:
    1. No command line access required. That means, no package to be installed through apt-get or similar process.
    2. No root access required
    3. Has CalDAV, CardDAV and WebDAV functions
    4. Based upon MySQL + PHP
    5. server-side encryption of files, contacts, calendar, everything.
    6. secure connection
    7. Compatible with both iCal, Address Book, Thunderbird, Finder, Nautilus. In short, standards-compliant.

    As you guessed, I wanted it to be hosted on a shared hosting, that shares its certificate across all accounts, obviously. Dedicated is not on my map at the moment because I don't want to take time to maintain it, and I excluded home-based servers out of reliability and speed concerns. I wanted it to be as transparent as possible.

    However, I had many issues throughout the installation process as well as trying to operate it. Many debug processes require access to Apache logs (invalidating 2), especially getting a string of error 500 at various steps. Also, 5 never worked. CalDAV never worked neither.

    So, I am now looking for solutions, even partial ones, that would allow me to host files and access them through WebDAV clients, sync'ed through a proper, native client (No Java here). Same for CalDAV and address book. And of course, a working server-side encryption. For example, SparkleShare, although having server-side encryption, cannot be installed.

    What is your experience and advice here?
    Last edited by semaphore45; September 22nd, 2013 at 08:12 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Looking for an ownCloud alternative that actually works

    If you are on shared hosting (at least with Cpanel), you should have access the the error/access logs.

    I really wouldn't run ownCloud on shared hosting, but it looks like it can be done, at least if you use GoDaddy:

    As far as getting 500 errors, that sounds like a problem with .htaccess. As far as the encryption goes, if you are using a shared SSL cert, you will probably get errors/warnings saying the site doesn't match the SSL cert. There is also an encryption plugin you can install from inside ownCloud, but I haven't tried it on a shared host.

    Also note, if you are using shared hosting, most of the hosts I have used/looked into state you are only to store data related to your site and now to use the plan for the storage of data.

    I've got ownCloud running on a Debian Wheezy VPS and haven't had any problems with it.
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