Neophyte Choose Web Hosting (VPS Or Near-equivalent)
Aug 11, 2007
I currently run five websites that are hosted by Yahoo! Small Business.
I am extremely frustrated by the fact that I cannot use PHP 5 and MySQL 5 with these websites. I pay ~$200/month for these 5 webhosting accounts.
I am beginning to see that paying this much to host 5 websites where I cannot even use the PHP version that I would like to is a bit ridiculous.
I know that I could simply switch to another shared hosting provider that includes PHP 5 as an option, but since I am running 5 websites concurrently, and these websites are each just about maxed with respect to bandwidth and disk space, shouldn't I look into another option?
So as I can see, my options are either a VDS/VPS, where I could host all 5 websites for one fee that would probably be MUCH lower than my $200/month I am paying currently, or something else that is similar.
I have decided that I want/need root access, because that way I can install/configure the system with whatever I desire now and in the future, BUT: I am not familiar with Linux (and I would want Linux) server administration; I don't know whether to choose CentOS4 or Red Hat Fedora Core 6 for an example; I don't know which Plesk 8 options I would need, etc......
WILL I BE GETTING MYSELF INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE if I choose a VPS and I am unable for some reason to administer the server properly?
I AM familiar with UNIX administration on OS X for example, and I AM familiar with coding.... PHP, SQL, Perl, Python, etc....
I just don't want to get myself into trouble although I am sure I want at least a VDS/VPS and I am sure I want root access.
I am confused as to what my options are other than a VDS/VPS (I don't think I need a dedicated server yet).
I have visited TextDrive and read about their Joyent Accelerators; what are they exactly? Not a VPS, but a scalable web-application-deployment environment?
This has been a long post and as you can see I am completely confused as to where to go from here..... could anyone that doesn't mind please let me know what my options are and what might be a good fit?
My websites are database-driven and need to be scalable.
A few of my requirements:
Full Root Access
at least 600GB Bandwidth
at least 25GB disk space
FTP Backup / Routine Server Backup for entire site
384-512MB Guaranteed RAM
Plesk 8 (I think) with various add-ons (which ones I don't yet know)
Support for 100 MySQL databases
I am making a website which will have Videos (about 120mb each) streaming to visiters to the site. Which type of host would be beset for this, VPS or Dedicated? Also what is a good host that can provide the service for about 2k visits a day to start with?
I'm migrating to another hosting service as current provider(aplus.net) suspended my account. The reason what they gave was, I had overused their CPU and Mysql resourses which is quite impossible. My site is just a community forum with photo sharing and maximum concurrent user in past few weeks was just 26. They are forcing me to upgrade to dedicated service which I can't afford($150/month) if I want my site online agiain. So I have no choice but to migrate. My budget limit is $30 and bandwidth/space requirement is 30gb. Any suggeston which hosting should i choose?
I'm trying for days to decide which company I should use for my shared hosting/maybe (reseller(beginner)) (PHP/Linux), and hostmonster and bluehost have been getting the best "official" reviews but everybody else is complaining for their downtimes and unreliability. I'm currently with dailyrazor and today my site was down for sometime without the reason. I wasn't even informed about that. If I didn't checked myself it would be down god knows for how long. ...
I would like to host 3-5 sites at least 2 will have shopping cart's (5 MySql databases MAX), not much of audio or video at all. I don't want to spend more than $10 monthly. Location US, Guarantied uptime 99.9%
Im looking for a free equivalent to Cpanel, how ever it must do similar things and offer similar features. Its also must do the same things in terms of emails such as the incoming/outgoing mail server will be mail.domain.com and their user names will be their email addresses.
Another feature i would like is the ability to migrate from Cpanel to this control panel.
I am looking for a good dedicated server provider in Europe. Ideally I am looking for something similar to softlayer or theplanet but in the EU.
three things that are important for us and do not seem to be offered by many providers:
- Ability to do automated secure (connection initiated by the backup device) offsite backups via eVault or r1soft.
- Ability to add additional servers in the future (e.g. separate db server) as part of our "internal" network (this is: any traffic between our servers would count as internal traffic and not against our bandwith limits). E.g. Softlayer by default and for free gives you your own virtual private network and you can add new servers as need arises.
- ability to upgrade configurations and have the ability to customize our hardware setup.
other than the above we need cPanel/whm, a trustworthy company, good support, option for managed or unmanaged service.
There are a lot of changes in the naming convention Duo Core Quad Core, Core2Dual, Core2Quad. I wonder for Dual Core Xeon 3Ghz (which we called previously) would would be its equivalent or better now than is easily found on the market?
some functionality found in MS Exchange but for Linux. Looking for contacts management, calendar(s) and the ability to create meeting requests that can be sent. Pretty basic stuff but I need it to use outlook on the client side still.
I was thinking about getting a new server and for the first time today my server crashed and cannot be rebooted so I guess now is a good time to upgrade to a new server. I want to get the Conroe 3040 server but was wondering if I should choose the Redhat Enterprise Linux - x86_64, Version 5 operating system or stick with the 32 bit?
I have taken the decision to move from shared to VPS in order to have two hostings (less risky) and learn more about servers (will certainly have to take a dedi one day).
Now I need to find a plan I can afford and I must say that I have all the variables:
- would like to pay with paypal on a monthly basis to avoid CC fees as I am outside the US,
- my budget is $10/month and would stretch it to $15 if it is for a very very good reason,
- a single dedicated IP would be enough, but would appreciate having more for SEO reasons,
- looking for linux based VPS (don't see why I would take Windows),
- don't have the least experience in managing a server though an experienced Windows user and willing to learn,
- have used cPanel (not a fan) and 1and1 control panel, and don't think getting used to another CP would be a problem for me,
- the server will mainly host static websites (very light html pages) with medium traffic (a total of 100 K pageviews a month), I also have a wordpress blog with minimal traffic and a punbb forum with little traffic,
- I currently use something like 5 GB of Bandwidth monthy alltogether! so I think that leaves me a lot of room to expand
- storage space isn't a problem as I am currently using less than 400 Mb with a lot of useless files, so something like 1 Gig would be more than enough space,
- if I can (not a choice criterion), I would put two proxies on the server using an additional 120 GB monthly bandwidth,
I need a windows VPS to run a VPN server on it. I had a service from KickAssVPS, the guys are great, but i had a problem there and that was i couldn't start the RRAS service, and it seems their support didn't have any clue to fix the problem on Virtuozzo, so i'm trying to find another company to start my VPN Server there, without any problem on this matter.
so i'll appreciate your comment if u had the same experience and know how and where i can establish a VPN server.
besides i'm looking into ASPnix services, it seems they're using Hyper-V, and i thought i wouldn't have the RRAS problem on their servers, so if u guys have an opinion on their company i'm glad to here that.
I run a small family website and I'm looking for a new web host. I have read some reviews and compared prices. However, many look the same in regards to services they offer. I don't really know on what criteria to base my decision. I don't really need much (e.g. space, bandwidth).
a friend recently contacted me about a music webzine and forum, which is having frequent issues on its current host. The site is built in PHP, using Xoops for the webzine and phpbb2 for the forum.
In the last year, the site's traffic has been steady at 1200 unique visits, ~3500 page views and ~140,000 hits per day, for a total transfer of 20GB per month. The site's MySQL database is more than 600mb of data. Most of the site's traffic is generated through the forum, which usually has around 30 users online. Although a small community, most users are very frequent posters. Being a phpbb2 forum, it is quite CPU intensive and currently the MySQL server has frequent failures.
Our immediate plan is to switch to another provider, then upgrade to phpbb3, tweak its code and probably rewrite the webzine in Python/Django so as to implement new needs in a faster manner and make the site performe steadier and faster.
As the site is not-for-profit and therefore cost-sensitive, we are considering two plans: 1) switch to Webfaction on its first (or second) shared hosting plan, for a cost of $10/month.
2) switch to Linode for an unmanaged VPS with 360MB of memory, for a cost of $20/month.
If the latter option is selected, we plan on using the following setup: nginx for static content (and possibly PHP if phpbb doesn't complain), Apache + mod_python for django, MySQL and mail server with MySQL virtual folders (to handle multiple domains). SpamAssassin is another consideration. The problem is I haven't actually used a VPS in the past, although I've read extensively on how to set it up and tweak the server's settings for optimal performance.
My questions are: a) would a VPS (with the above setup) with 360MBs of memory be able to handle the traffic load mentioned above or will we be forced to upgrade to a plan with more memory?
b) would a reliable shared web host be able to handle the site's traffic load without problems, thus making the switch to a VPS unnecessary? More specifically, would webfaction, if someone has previous experience, be able to handle it?