I have a small corporate website and mail server (in the same machine. Atom based cpu 2 gig ram and 25gb ssd) and has about 30-40 visits per day.
The email/webmail server serves my primary domain plus 2 others.
The connection to the internet is through a 24mb download 768kb upload adsl line.
Except LAMP the machine also running webmin and roundcube.
In next months im planing to start some advetising, but before that im sure that ill need a faster connection.
Due to the insane cost to have a dedicated line in my computer room, i need to pick up a hosting company.
So far im looking for hosting companies that offers vps but prices and specs are not similar. (looking for 5-8 euros per month at max)
The configuration that i have in mind is 1 core, 1024mb ram and 20-30 gb space. But except that, i have no other experience.
Can someone give me any advice if the above config cover my needs and/or a reliable hosting company? (eu or us it dont really matters to me).
It sounds like you'd be happy with an unmanaged VPS. RamNode are excellent. They have a Netherlands location (or US, but given you've quoted your budget in Euros I'm guessing you'd prefer European location).
Published price for 1 GB of RAM is $15 per month (which is a good price for that spec), but there are coupons out there that give you say about 30% off that. That's then $10.50 ~ €8, so it's pushing your budget to the limit. They're not the only good provider in your budget range, but they are reliable if you can manage everything yourself.
I strongly suggest you check the vps offers section at WHT and compare the ones you like. Maybe read some reviews of them and you will come to a conclusion hopefully on which company / vps plan you like the most.
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Looking at your requirements and the number of visits per day on your website, I would suggest you go for a good VPS plan. You can look at the advertising section of this forum to find a good plan that will fit in your budget. There are lots of hosting companies that have their servers based in the USA and Europe. Although I am not sure if the payment will be accepted in Euros or US Dollars. That you will have to check with the hosting provider that you select.
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With a server that small you may not need a hosted VPS. Unless you are expecting thousands of hits per day... The main thing is if your bandwidth isn't peaking, I would host it internally and just spend a little on a new server. Have you checked Bandwidth usage for the site. 30-40 unique visits per day is nothing. You can use applications like cacti for this... leme know if you need help
Thank you all for your replies.
The main reason im looking for a vps is mostly the required ram to host my website.
The current low-end machine is an overkill for my needs but the pages takes some time to load due to adsl connection and this is not a good thing.
The website is based in joomla and contains some images but not in high res.
The email traffic is minimal and i can say that website traffic and mail traffic is close to 2gb per year.
You can visit the aristeleon.com and see quality of the website and the images.
If you need to see some hardware and lan statistics of the low end machine, send me a pm and ill send you the username and passwd to get access in munin.
In that case, it sounds like the main thing you need is to be hosted in a data centre with a good connection to the rest of the internet.
If you want to retain the control of running your own server, then a VPS would be more than enough resource for you, and wouldn't cost you too much.
However, it may be that you don't need that control, and an account on a shared server would suffice for you. It would still cost you $5-$8 monthly, but all the management and overheads would be done for you.
I took a look at The Myth of VPS Hosting: and i can say that many other questions have been answered.
But how about firewalls?
In my computer room i have a small cisco router (800something model
) and the only ports are active is 80 for http, 25/110 for email, and 53 for the dns. Nothing else.
I have many tries from people which tries to gain access mostly in my database via phpadmin but the https port is not even open to outside world.
The hosting providers do they give access to firewall for every server?
No they wouldn't. They would open the ports that were needed to service the clients on the whole server. If you need an extra port opening for a specific reason, you can always ask - if the reason is good they may well say yes. But they clearly can't close a port just because you don't need it. For that, you would need a VPS.
However, closing ports is only one string in the security bow, and no server's security should ever rely on the fact that ports are closed as its only protection. The fact that, say, a port is open to allow people to use IMAP, does not make your account any less secure. You may not use it, but your password locks people out of accessing your account with IMAP, and a good firewall will detect intrusion attempts and block the attacking IP as well.