Should I switch from Dreamhost to HostGator or VPS
This is my first post here and looking for some good start!
My blog NetRival.com is hosted on Dreamhost Shared Hosting. I have no big problem with them but feel that they really provide little RAM. I am unable to add W3TC or Supercache with custom settings. When I talked to some of my friends, they told me they have not faced such problems and suggested to switch to HostGator.
I am planning to switch to hostgator but one more thing strikes in my mind "Why not I switch to VPS?" Now I have following options:
HostGator with Baby/Hatching Plan
Slicehost or Rackspace: cheapest one
Well, My blog is continuously growing but according to my friends I will be still happy with HostGator. I have no experience with VPS so I would prefer some good chat support if available to the recommended VPS.
You may visit my blog netrival.com . It is really simple and I don't think it has huge impact on server resources.
I suppose soon you will need to buy VPS. If you are happy with your current web hosting provider I suppose that would be good idea to upgrade within it.
You do not know how other hosts work so once you switched that might cause chain of shifts and that might not bee good for your web site at all.
Cannot say where's the best solution of the trouble, but I'd rather avoid HG for any purposes. To my mind such a big branded hosts care less of the client's comforts trhan middle-sized experienced providers which exist in a big amount. There is no guarantee that HG will give more resources.
When you say, "W3TC or Supercache with custom settings" what exactly is happening and what custom settings are you trying to use?
Have you tried opening a support ticket with us?
I have not created any support ticket but asked chat support!! They have suggested me to upgrade to VPS. It was not the solution for me. I have also seen that some much bigger sites like labnol.org has suggested some lightweight caching plugin (hypercache) but I am missing some great feature of W3TC. I have also asked the developer for the possible but he had replied me that he is not able to identify the real problem since I was using default setting+cdn+minify.
If I am not able to handle as little as 10000 pageview/month, than what is the benefit to stuck with service. I am not blaming anyone since it may be some technical foolish I made in the configuration. But, according to my best knowledge I did not found any problem.
@SiberForum, @Ben and @DHHumphrey Thanks for reply. It will be differently helpful for me. I am also against to switching host frequently but by blog has too low traffic which can be easily handled by any shared hosting. The only problem is drastically increase in response time after installing w3 total cache.
One more thing.. Will Shared hosting + CDN be a good alternative for VPS, for me?
shared hosting won't be suitable if your website traffic is heavy. Vps is better option but you need more knowledge on how to manage a server. BTW, it's nice to see dreamhost support replying here directly, let's see how it will go.
Honestly I dont think you are going to see much a difference when switching from Dreamhost to HG. If you are looking for an increased level of server performance, I'd suggest going with a reputable provider that is not claiming to offer unlimited diskspace/bandwidth. It doesn't really sound to me like you need a VPS (and you would probably be better off going with a semi-dedicated plan, before making the hop over to VPS).
I have no experience with VPS so I would prefer some good chat support if available to the recommended VPS.
If you're not a server admin, you should go for a fully managed VPS. Live chat support will not be a proper replacement for server management, and if you try to use it as a substitute, at some point the provider might even tell you upfront that server management comes at an extra cost.
Also keep in mind that a tiny VPS can actually be a more crowded place than properly managed shared hosting.
The only problem is drastically increase in response time after installing w3 total cache.
That sounds like the opposite of what should happen. I suggest you take DHHumphrey's advice and open a ticket with DH and see if you can get them to address the situation rather than try to upsell. Your traffic levels do suggest that you're not out of the realm of what shared hosting can support.