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My site has outgrown my current host and I'm strongly leaning towards a vps. I am relatively inexperienced with web hosting as for the last 18 months I've had very few issues with my current host (Stream101.com). They are currently saying my site is very memory and processor intensive which is why I'm going to have to leave them soon(I can't pay the dedicated server prices that would give my site the stability I desire).

About my site:

My site has 18,000+ users, its about 18 months old. 5,632 threads, 78,967 posts. It used about 150gig of bandwidth last month. The site is growing quickly (IMO). The site makes some money, but not enough to justify spending what it would cost for a dedicated server.

I'm happy to provide any other information, but what I am looking for is suggestions on:

1) Is a VPS the right choice for my site in your opinion.

2) What hosting company's would you suggest I look into.

3) How much ram/processor speed should I be looking for

4) any other information you feel I should know about this.

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I think the problem is related on my hack's and modifications I have done before...

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