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Switch from Shared to a VPS - how do I know when needed?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by dirtysecret, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. dirtysecret

    dirtysecret Regular Member

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    I have a couple dozen sites on my shared hosting account.
    I probably serve up a couple hundred thousand page views a month between them all.

    Additionally, MySQL database is starting to get big (or is it...I really have no basis for comparison). About 100k records with 30 fields each.

    I'd ask the hosting company - but I'm sure they'd recommend upgrade anyway. :rolleyes:

    My current package (shared) claims unlimited disk space, unlimited domains, unlimited transfer, pretty much everything unlimited - while VPS's (more expensive) have limits. What gives?

    What kind of metrics do you guys need from me in order to make a reco one way or other?
     
  2. magpie2419

    magpie2419 Regular Member

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    Because the unlimited stuff is really irrelevant, what matters is CPU time this will kill your account long before you reach your limits. What most hosting companies say is that the content stored on your account should relevant to the sites they are hosting, that means no personal stuff.

    Once your site begins to be regularly suspended for too much resource usage its time to move. Till then you should be OK.
     
  3. dirtysecret

    dirtysecret Regular Member

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    But I won't know this has happened until they email me about it?
    That means people will be visiting my websites and get an error of some sort?
     
  4. legoego

    legoego Regular Member

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    don't know what it is, but it sounds painful
    if your db is getting too big your site will definitely load slow, a vps will be harder to manage so maybe better to just get another shared hosting account and split your sites up equally