I’m moving to my first VPS and have a an important question
I primarily want the VPS to host my own site – medium amounts of traffic generally under 20,000 visits per week to periodic high traffic up to 230,000 visits per week, MySQL / PHP based – but I’d like to look into the option of hoisting a small number of sites, primarily for personal and business contacts.
I’d like to be able to offer MySQL / PHP and ideally some kind of CMS such as Joomla / Mambo / Drupal so they can manage their own content etc. While they are dynamic sites they will be low traffic sites – if any of them got 1000 visits a week I’d be shocked (one in fact had 26 visits in a week!)
Is this viable on a VPS?
To start off with I thought about going for a mid range VPS such as the Plan 1 from LiquidWeb iquidweb.com/shared/plan4.htm to host my site and ‘test’ hosting other sites with some of my other domains.
If this was successful then move up too something more beefier like the Plan 2 liquidweb.com/shared/plan5.htm
Once again apologies for the entry level question but I thought it was better to get a more learned opinions now rather than doing it without asking advice then coming on here to ask you guys to help me solve my server performance problems if the above is not really viable.
Any advice, opinions or even recommendations to other hosting companies will all be appreciated
You've got the right idea. The amount of visitors you're having should be a piece of cake for most VPS's.
Testing the waters with a test domain (or a live domain which isn't mission critical) is definitely a good idea. Keep in mind that any performance results of the past do not give you any guarantees for the future, however it does give you an overall impression of what the service is like.
Also, if your nickname is indicating that you're from the UK, and if the majority of your (target) audience is from (or around) the UK, it might also be a good idea to look for a host in or near the UK. If your visitors are from all over the world, it's probably best to do some research to find out where most of your visitors are coming from, and where the vistors are coming from that are most important to you - and choose a hosting location close to that (provided that there's a host in that area that suits your needs).
Perhaps. However, if they get 2x the VPS resources for roughly the same price in many cases it could be the wiser option to go for the faster VPS than the lower latency.
2x the VPS resources? It's not as if CPUs, RAM, and everything else costs twice as much in the UK (and surrounding countries). Sure, things might be more expensive in Europe currently, especially due to the current dollar exchange rate, but it's nowhere near twice as expensive.
Furthermore, a VPS with more resources is not necessarily faster.
And additionally - from UK and all of Eastern Europe to USA, transfer rates (per connection) won't exceed about 4-5mbit - regardless of what kind of connection you're on. This has to do with the latency and packet size - would go a bit too far to explain that in details - but it's a fact.
No matter how you twist or turn it; if your target audience is in the UK, your best bet is to go with a provider in or very close to the UK - unless if you cannot find a provider in that area that satisfies your needs.