Should I use Virtual Private Server hosting?

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Hi,
I want to launch my own product. I don't want the bandwidth problem to happen on launch day when the sales letter and member's area goes live. Currently, I'm using Hostgator Baby plan. Should I upgrade to virtual private server instead? Any feedback is appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silvestru
    How big do you estimate your launch to be?

    ~1000 unique hits on launch day, you should be fine with what you've got.

    Get W3 Total Cache if you're using Wordpress as your CMS so you can cut down on CPU time and not infer HG's wrath.

    A managed VPS is from $30 to $80 per month. Are you committed to pay that much for something that you probably won't even use 10% of it's resources with the exception of the first few hours?

    An unmanaged VPS is much cheaper and can be even cheaper than Hostgator, but you will have to install and configure everything yourself. That means using command line and dealing with Linux, config files, optimization and a really steep learning curve if you aren't familiar with Linux in general.

    Unless you're hitting 3000 uniques per day and you've got some really intensive processes running, it's not worth it.

    But then again you haven't said anything as to how big your launch is supposed to be, so this is all just general advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author micksss
    1st question, How many visits do you except? 2nd question, Is the sales page static, just HTML and images or is it dynamic, PHP connected to MySQL database?
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    • Profile picture of the author AzlanR2
      Originally Posted by micksss View Post

      1st question, How many visits do you except? 2nd question, Is the sales page static, just HTML and images or is it dynamic, PHP connected to MySQL database?
      The sales page will be in video, which I want to host on Amazon S3. I use Wordpress with Optimize Press to create the sales letter. As for the number of visitors, I expect to be more than 2000 per day. Just how much bandwidth do I need for this much of traffic?
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      • Profile picture of the author Silvestru
        Originally Posted by AzlanR2 View Post

        The sales page will be in video, which I want to host on Amazon S3. I use Wordpress with Optimize Press to create the sales letter. As for the number of visitors, I expect to be more than 2000 per day. Just how much bandwidth do I need for this much of traffic?
        What is the basis of your estimate?

        Most people, especially in the beginning, overestimate the scale of their launch (yeah, yeah, don't we all?)

        The problem isn't bandwidth. That is ALMOST unlimited.

        The problem is RAM & CPU time and, on a shared host, that is limited (read their ToS under the section Fair Usage Policy)

        By default Wordpress likes to eat a lot of both, so that's why a caching plugin is recommended.

        Hosting on Amazon S3 will take care of your bandwidth needs.

        How is that traffic generated? Is it buyer traffic? Is it targeted traffic?

        Think about the conversion rate. Out of those 2000 uniques, how many do you expect to buy it? 5%? 2%?

        The rest will just skim your sales letter and be gone in less than 15 seconds and that will hardly make a dent in the resources. Now if you had 2000 active members swarming the site and sending tickets / making your life hell , THEN a VPS would make sense.

        Contact Hostgator and tell them about the volume you expect to receive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Derrick H
    Like others have mentioned above depending on the size of your launch and on going traffic you may or may not need to upgrade. You may want to look at it in terms of scaling up as your traffic grows...because if you aren't using at least half of your available resources then you are just throwing money down the drain..money that can be put back into acquiring new members/customers.

    Good luck and Provide more details on expected traffic
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