I am thinking of going the VPS route with 1 or 2 unique IP's (supposed to have with current provider but on shared IP and you only know when something goes wrong and you start investigating). Prices seem to vary a lot and then there is the managed/unmanaged question.
I manage several PC's and MAC's but never managed a server so no idea what is involved.
Currently managed through cpanel (so guess that is linux) but not bothered what software as long as it does what i want.
I would probably like UK based but not essential. Site is UK focused but I understand hosting location not that important as long as Google and Bing know where you target is through webmaster.
The second part then has to be what size ram and number of cores (no idea what this means in the real world to me, other than the bigger the faster and therefore help to compare but the basic will probably meet my needs). Our site is at present a wordpress site and only small with a low volume of traffic, but that traffic very valuable to us. So reliability is important and it needs to be at least as quick as the shared hosting.
Budjet (there always is one) ideally would want to spend no more than $25 including essential software add ons etc. Blue hosts looked good, but they seem to get some bad reviews.
Anyone any experience and recommendations?