VPS purchase help please

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Hi!

How are you? VPS hosting is quite unfamiliar even though I've had it in the past, though do not currently.

I am not cheap, and more than willing to pay for a great product and service.

Yet I'm just wondering if the managed support is required by the VPS hosting company, or if outsourcer can do this work? Or, is server monitoring/management only possible with a dedicated server?

I have to migrate two sites to VPS from shared hosting:

1. To have the php 'safe_mode' or 'open_basedir' setting disabled so I no longer receive an error on my Amazon S3 secure download page for one site.

2. To ensure I have a 'catch all' email address available for my email software for the other site.

I am doing my due diligence to know which VPS hosting to purchase, and would really appreciate your suggestions regarding:

1. Managed vs. Unmanaged VPS. I realize the value of the managed support, but can I save recurring fees by hiring or another to help whenever necessary? Or is this not worth the risk, or even an option?

2. Do I need to pay for Cpanel every month if I am able to have Wordpress installed directly? I believe the SMTP mail functionality will still be available.

3. I believe I may need to install Centos or another system for unmanaged VPS. What else would I need to have installed? Security perhaps?

Thanks very much,
Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author gnd5969
    I've been using Knownhost for almost a year with no downtime. It's a managed vps so everything is taken care of and their support is great. They have deals on Webhostingtalk forums. hth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew H
    Sounds like your not very knowledgeable in the server admin department. I recommend going with a managed VPS with a cPanel licence. Servint is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    Also think about where the most of your visitors come from and get your VPS hosting in that same country.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryan.arnfinson
      Will do. Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author jking1
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      Also think about where the most of your visitors come from and get your VPS hosting in that same country.
      Why it so ? Is that necessary ?
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisranjana.com
    Originally Posted by ryan.arnfinson View Post


    I have to migrate two sites to VPS from shared hosting:
    I guess if you migrate to an VPS with cpanel then you wouldn't even note the difference.

    Also you may want to ask the following questions upfront before signing up,

    1. To have the php 'safe_mode' or 'open_basedir' setting disabled so I no longer receive an error on my Amazon S3 secure download page for one site.

    2. To ensure I have a 'catch all' email address available for my email software for the other site.
    Some hosting companies do provide support for simple issues like above even though you sign up for their unmanaged plans.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryan.arnfinson
    Thanks, Chris!
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  • Profile picture of the author lordspace
    I have used slicehost but switched to linode.
    Linode (owned by Rackspace) is pretty good. Linode keeps upgrading the hardware, diskspace, traffic. The VPS is unmanaged but if you have some technical knowledge you should do fine. The cost is about $20/mo + $5 for backup (2-3 images).

    With VPS you have root access so you can edit the php.ini and configure it the way you want.
    Changing the values you mentioned requires restarting the webserver and you're good.

    Some people install ispconfig.org control panel.

    I have also a dedicated server from 1and1 ($60/mo;2GB ram;250GB diskspace) which is supposed to include a license for plesk but I deleted plesk by accident when I upgraded the php .
    I wasn't going to use it anyways. It makes my server less vulnerable to plesk attacks.
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    Are you using WordPress? Have you tried qSandbox yet?

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  • Profile picture of the author ryan.arnfinson
    Hey,

    thanks a lot for your communication.

    I went with TMZVPS.com basic managed package:

    512MB Guaranteed RAM
    25GB RAID 10 Disk Space
    1000GB Monthly Bandwidth
    2 Dedicated IP Address
    FREE cPanel/WHM & Softaculous
    FREE Offsite Backups
    Plus 70% off my first month and then $30

    Great support so far with help to migrate two sites from shared hosting. I'd recommend TMZVPS.com to anyone in a similar situation as my own.

    Thanks again everyone,
    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    I'd use a managed VPS from Knownhost, Media Temple or LiquidWeb.
    Don't go cheap on VPS. (You been warned!)
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    • Profile picture of the author ryan.arnfinson
      Thanks for your replies!

      I've chosen TMZVPS.com managed as you can see from my post above.

      Take care,
      Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author cgicentral
    linode is .. not cheap.

    You can get entire server without HDD/memory/CPU limitations for similar $$ ProServer – Professional Dedicated Servers – SERVER4YOU

    Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with server4you in any kind
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