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    Looking for some server advice.

    One of my websites (murraymitchell.com) is doing pretty well and has outgrown it's current shared hosting set up.

    It's a wordpress site with around 2000 pages and lots of images, currently doing about 160gb traffic pm and using 65gb disk. Monthly pageviews around 60k. I haven't done much optimising or caching and currently response times are dreadfully slow.

    I have a budget of around $50 - $60 for either a dedi server or perhaps a VPS. I'm not sure which route to go down as I know WP sites can use up a ton of resources, so more RAM is required. I'm also not sure what do with regards to disk space, VPS's don't come with much and even if I implement a CDN for my images, I'll still need to host a version locally right? If so, a dedi seems like the best route to go down, 2gb ram, 500g drive, etc.

    A managed solution would also be nice along with some form of control panel.

    Any thoughts on a direction to take? Cheap VPS with a CDN vs bigger dedi setup?

    Thanks.

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    $60 is not enough for a dedicated server especially since you need it managed.

    Your best route would be a VPS and with that budget, you can get a high end vps.
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    I would definitely recommend to go with a VPS. You won't find a good server for that price. I also assume you need something like Cpanel which is another cost to think about.

    I see that you said you have not done alot of optimizing. I would highly recommend to either do this yourself or get someone to do it for you. You will be surprised how much of a difference maker that can be.

    Regarding the space, if your site is growing that quickly disk wise then perhaps you may want to increase your budget a bit to indeed get a dedicated server. Although, with your budget it will be unmanaged and you will need to do everything yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ayksolutions View Post
    I would definitely recommend to go with a VPS. You won't find a good server for that price. I also assume you need something like Cpanel which is another cost to think about.

    I see that you said you have not done alot of optimizing. I would highly recommend to either do this yourself or get someone to do it for you. You will be surprised how much of a difference maker that can be.

    Regarding the space, if your site is growing that quickly disk wise then perhaps you may want to increase your budget a bit to indeed get a dedicated server. Although, with your budget it will be unmanaged and you will need to do everything yourself.
    My only issue with a VPS is how to get around the growing disk space problem as cheaply as possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muzz View Post
    My only issue with a VPS is how to get around the growing disk space problem as cheaply as possible?
    You can't. Hence why I said to raise your budget. It depends on how quickly your data grows. If it will take you a year to get from 65gb to 130gb, then you can find a VPS and upgrade after. But if it will take you two months, then it's not worth it as you will just have to move again to a server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muzz View Post
    My only issue with a VPS is how to get around the growing disk space problem as cheaply as possible?
    Your possible option is to get a Cloud VPS, with which you can scale the resources flawlessly. Before choosing the provider, talk to them and make sure that they support resource upgrade ( including the hard disk space ). That also let you to "pay per resource" you use and possible server failover ( based on the provider ).

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    Muzz,

    Your best bet like everyone else stated is to up your budget but, if your budget is firm is a vps/cloud instance as a good start. CDN ends up usually using being more expensive than good boxes but it solves different problems.

    Also, something to keep in mind that I had a discussion before with a popular site on the same basic thing. Don't just look at your cost also look at the increased pageviews/viewership to take into account when calculating your budget decision.

    The slower your page loads the less time people stay or visit and if you make your revenue on advertising or membership you want them to stay longer and come more often.

    What you should really do is optimize your environment which will provide tremendous gains for minimal cost. Implement Varnish caching or at a bare minimum basic wordpress caching. If you have a bunch of images caching those in memory is the way to go particularly if your doing any sort of image manipulation before sending.

    You want to alleviate as much load as possible from the underlining cpu/disk io resources. If your user never has to make a full call to the underlying dynamic portion of wordpress all the better.
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I did some more digging and I think my disk usage is only around 1gb so I've gone with one of WiredTree's VPS's. Once set up I'll add some caching stuff and monitor performance before worrying about a CDN.

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    try to look into tmzvps.com or hudsonvalleyhost.com vps. they provide good spec in low price along with cpanel. i dont knw much about them but saw many good reviews here.

    edit: u can also look into datashack.net low price dedicated servers. and u can get a directadmin panel for a low one time payment. but if u are newbie in servers i recommend vps.
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    VPS's do come with lots of disk space if you look properly. (or have that much money) With the funding that you have I would skip the CDN and go for an awesome VPS. And of course, cPanel is a great solution for what you want. (and the license would be cheaper on a VPS as opposed to a dedicated server)

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