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My Business Has Outgrown Shared Hosting. What Now?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by plasmaflux, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. plasmaflux

    plasmaflux Registered Member

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    My company develops web apps. Currently we have a single product with good success. Within the next month, we plan to launch two more. As it is, our shared hosting package is struggling to keep up.

    We have ~1,000 unique visitors per day and do around 20-30GB data transfer per month.

    We're noticing our site slow to a crawl every day from around 1pm-6pm, with pageloads up to 20 seconds. It's awful!

    In addition to regular web visitor traffic to our sites, our new products will be incorporating automatic update checks and calling home for periodic authentication verification. This will most likely drastically increase our bandwidth and server requests.

    I've been looking in to some VPS solutions, but am not entirely comfortable being completely in charge of the server that is responsible for my livelihood. Managed hosting seems a little better, but I've seen monthly pricetags of $400-$1000. That's beyond our current budget for sure!

    So here's what I'm looking for, and am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction:

    1. Prefer a US-based company. Our site and product are legit, so I don't need some super-cloaked offshore shadowhost on an abandoned oil rig off the coast of Antarctica.

    2. Monthly cost of $50-$100

    3. Fast Transfer Speed, High Uptime, High Transfer Limit

    4. Good amount of memory (512MB - 1GB)

    5. cPanel, Plesk, or equivalent for management.

    6. Full root access via SSH, in case I want/need it.

    7. Someone else handles setup, configuration, server upgrades, crashes, etc.

    8. It probably goes without saying - but Linux-based. No Windows.

    So essentially I want all the convenience of Shared Hosting, but without having to share the server with anyone else, all for less than a hundred bucks a month.

    If I had to go VPS, I could figure it all out, but we're a two-man show, and every minute I spend managing our web server is a minute I'm not writing the code that pays the billz.

    Any recommendations, BHW?

    Thanks!

    ~PF
     
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  2. Lancez

    Lancez Regular Member

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    What is your company website?
     
  3. stickyskunk

    stickyskunk Guest

    Servedome.com. You can get a VPS for $20 per month or a dedicated server in the 100 neighborhood.
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  4. hughmac

    hughmac Newbie

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    Have you checked out the hostgator vps offerings? They claim fully managed but you would need to delve a little deeper to ascertain exactly what that covers.
     
  5. Lancez

    Lancez Regular Member

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    Did you found any?

    Lemme know if you need my help
     
  6. observetodo

    observetodo Newbie

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    WRZHost has VPS as low as $20 per month
     
  7. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    Does anybody have any experience with virtualized server performance?

    Thanks
     
  8. Lancez

    Lancez Regular Member

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    Yes.
    And your question is?
     
  9. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    How does the virtual performance compare with a true dedicated machine? Thank you.
     
  10. bigbeercans

    bigbeercans Newbie

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    They have a package for $15 a month. Very nice, thanks!

     
  11. flubber134

    flubber134 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    move to VPS.

    dedicated server performance is of course much better, but VPS is good enough for 100+ times the workload that you have now
     
  12. Mrnewbie

    Mrnewbie Regular Member Premium Member

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    VPS is the next move and one of the mods has a hosting plan from Russia that is affordable so maybe you can try that out and see how it works.
     
  13. _Chip_

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    hahaha !! :D lol
     
  14. pyronaut

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    While I understand you probably want the freedom that having your own server gives you. Have you thought of just moving to a more well thought out shared plan?

    I have customers that can pull that much bandwidth + visitors no problem. And there is very little load issues. What sort of scripts are you running? Aslong as on each page load. There isn't 50 different calls to 20 different databases, you should be absolutely fine. Probably avoid heavy number crunching aswell. But having something to simply authenticate users is piss easy and would be absolutely no load at all.