Best VPS or Dedicated Server Solution?

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I'm about to host a new website. I plan on starting off with shared hosting until I get a decent amount of traffic. Eventually I will want to switch to either VPS or a dedicated server. My question is:

- Which is the best hosting company that offers both shared, vps, and dedicated hosting?

Also, I will need to have the VPS or dedicated server fully managed as I'm not a techie AT ALL.

Thank you in advance.... JC
#dedicated #server #solution #vps
  • Profile picture of the author Jcmiles
    Awesome! Thanks Nochek, I'm going to do some reading about WiredTree. I've been using bluehost for shared hosting on two of my sites but they are really disappointing me here lately. There has been about 3 times in last last couple of weeks when I couldn't connect to my sever for over an hour and my website was down. Totally unacceptable... especially when it goes down right after you go and push a new article on about 10 different social media outlets!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    X2 for WiredTree. It depends on what sort of resources your site is going to be using, not necessarily traffic...

    Keep in mind that even a "managed" VPS or dedicated server REQUIRES server administration skills. There are still a number of things that need to be configured, monitored, maintained and in some cases troubleshooting.

    BlueHost is not a very reputable host, which is why you're probably disappointed. Very oversold servers. Sure, they're on the top 10 list....because of their affiliate payouts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craftisy
    How does WiredTree compare to HostGator?
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    • Profile picture of the author rambo9600
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      • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
        Originally Posted by rambo9600 View Post

        Like a Rolls Royce to Ford. I have both, but for VPS or Dedicated WiredTree and Liquidweb are two of the best. For shared hosting HG is great.
        X2 on this. HostGator does offer VPS and dedicated servers, but their specialty is shared hosting.

        Dedicated - go to Softlayer

        VPS - go to WiredTree

        I haven't used liquidweb so I can't comment on them. I have personally used HG, SoftLayer, ThePlanet (before they merged w/ Softlayer), Netriplex, 180Servers and WiredTree as well as a local dc here in NC which we are planning to expand back into in the near future for our local based customers.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jcmiles
          Thanks for all the input fellas, I sent an email to the sales department at WiredTree this morning. After doing some research, I think I'm going to use their VPS service.
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    Like many of you when I first heard of the idea of container I pictured it as some small lame server that is sold to 12 year olds trying to start hosting companies on the cheap. It had never quite caught my attention until I decided I needed a remote name server and all I needed was enough of a server to run bind, but didn't want to buy a dedicated box just to do that. So I got a container based on Virtuozzo for $80/year and it worked great.
    In the process however I started understanding the container concept and it became apparent that this is more than just a tool to create little servers. The way I see it container can replace dedicated servers in many situations in a data center and do a better job than dedicated. You can actually give the customer more horsepower and better hosting than selling them a small dedicated box. (Of course big customers will still need their own server.)
    I don't own a data center business myself but I have a friend who does and I colo several servers there. He has several racks of some old Celeron boxes with 512 mgs of ram and one or two 80 gig drives depending on if the customer has any concept of backups, which most of them don't. I'm looking at the racks of Celerons and P4s thinking that each rack could be consolidated into a single modern server and that the customers would actually have a better server than the one they are on now. And the cost saving is tremendous.
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  • Profile picture of the author strangerstudios
    I used dedicated servers through 1and1. Their price/performance is better than anything else out there.

    Dedicated servers start at $59/month. Their $99/month level is usually the sweet spot that I buy at. They just increased the hardware at that level, and you can get a 4-core server with 3.1 GHZ Intel chips, 12 MB of RAM, and 1TB of Hard drisk space in RAID.

    As said before, it does take linux admin skills to maintain and use a dedicated server. So be careful or be prepared to learn on the job.

    1and1 gets some backlash for their support. Generally, the complaints are with their shared hosting support which isn't as good. When you have a server, you'll get a special # for server support which has always been helpful with me. (The email support is still too slow to use though. Always call when you need help.)

    They did have a major outage last fall, but it was the first of its kind in the years and years I've been using them.

    I used to use a smaller hosting company with decent prices and super duper support, but that company got bought by a larger company that blew the transition and had ridiculously bad support. Overnight we went from having the best host to the worst host.

    So 1and1 has their problems, but they are a large company with decent support and great prices. Take a look.
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    • Profile picture of the author BlueLayerHost
      Guess I have to go against the WT supporters here. We tried them before establishing our own hosting company and their up-time and service stunk.

      Your support ticket would have multiple people responding to it and you would end up having to re-explain the original ticket to who was 'now' helping you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jcmiles
        Okay so I thought I'd share my user experience so far...

        Getting signed up was easy enough. After I purchased my package, a tech called me and said he would have me online in about 90 minutes after he set me up.

        After the setup was completed, I had a few questions about setting up a custom nameserver and DNS zone for my domain so I called for support. I called a few times and kept getting the same lady who could hardly speak english. This was frustrating because I honestly couldn't understand her... I'm not just trying to be mean.

        So I opted to use their ticket system instead. This worked out great and they gave me intelligent support that addressed all my questions and the ticket turn around time was very quick. So I was satisfied in the end.

        As far as server performance goes I haven't been using them long enough to really tell. I haven't had any downtime yet which is a plus. We'll see how the VPS handles my site when it starts demanding resources.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
          Originally Posted by Jcmiles View Post

          Okay so I thought I'd share my user experience so far...

          Getting signed up was easy enough. After I purchased my package, a tech called me and said he would have me online in about 90 minutes after he set me up.

          After the setup was completed, I had a few questions about setting up a custom nameserver and DNS zone for my domain so I called for support. I called a few times and kept getting the same lady who could hardly speak english. This was frustrating because I honestly couldn't understand her... I'm not just trying to be mean.

          So I opted to use their ticket system instead. This worked out great and they gave me intelligent support that addressed all my questions and the ticket turn around time was very quick. So I was satisfied in the end.

          As far as server performance goes I haven't been using them long enough to really tell. I haven't had any downtime yet which is a plus. We'll see how the VPS handles my site when it starts demanding resources.
          At WiredTree? That's weird, I've never gotten anyone who doesn't speak fluent, understandable english when I've had to call them. What spec vps did you get?
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        • Profile picture of the author rambo9600
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  • Profile picture of the author Jcmiles
    Don't get me wrong, she spoke English. Her native accent was just so overpowering that it made it extremely difficult to understand what she was saying. Like she was trying to spell out a url to me and I had to have her repeat it like five times.

    I went with the VPS1000... I think thats all I need for the time being.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by Jcmiles View Post

      Don't get me wrong, she spoke English. Her native accent was just so overpowering that it made it extremely difficult to understand what she was saying. Like she was trying to spell out a url to me and I had to have her repeat it like five times.

      I went with the VPS1000... I think thats all I need for the time being.
      Ahh, I see. Well, I think you'll be happy with WiredTree.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nochek
    lol at my posts getting deleted. I was slightly confused at first, but then I understood that good advice isn't always appreciated.
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