I have a few small niche sites the largest of which has a nice little forum with 2600 members. Site traffic averages 250 users per day and ranges from 200-400 a day. Approx 40,000 page views per month, and 4-5 GB of bandwidth.
My current host gives me a master level account which I can set up individual Cpanels for my domains. (I love this) My VPS is a Pentium IV 2.0Ghz, 1 GB Ram.
I think it is the server coughing and sputtering each time a page is requested that is giving my users and myself a lot of grief with the site in terms of slow page loads.
I could use your help in determining what I need in terms of processor and ram and what companies out there, if any, have a semi managed environment that I can have a WHM style panel for creating accounts but still have the server software controlled for me.
The developer of an application I use recommended simplehelix.com
I talked to the developer on the phone for a while and then chatted with someone from simplehelix.com too. They offer dedicated servers with an option to have it managed. The also have Cpanel.
I haven't signed up yet but it looks good --and-- one of the sites I'll be putting on the server is a magento store.
Searching the site here I didn't find much info about them but sometimes no info is good info.
I was going to go with 1&1 but everything I read here screamed STAY AWAY!
Ultimately. it'll be higher cost than I was planning on spending but to have a managed dedicated server with Cpanel and Reselling is just what I need. Essentially what I was looking for was a VPS but with no one else on the server.