Currently I have a cpanel based reseller account which I use to host my two personal sites. One is just my email and the other is a small phpbb forum for friends. In terms of resources the combines sites dont use much at all. A few hundred megs bandwidth and space. I'm switching from my current host as they're overselling and I'm not really getting a good value for my money anymore. I was thinking about switching to a 128 meg vps. I've noticed there are several providers offering these in the $5 to $10 a month range, which is the same as many reseller/shared providers (I'm taking suggestions if you know of any in this price range.)
I'm not really interested in control panels or any of that and am comfortable with linux. But I'm not really sure if I'm 'losing' available resources if I shift to a low end vps from a shared account.
Does any one have opinions on basic vps providers in the $5 to $10 range or should I just find a new shared hosting provider.
You need to think about whether you need a VPS at all. With a VPS comes the responsibility of root on your hands. You state yourself that your sites don't use much resources at all. That's why shared hosting exists for you.
You could even think about using 2 seperate shared accounts from different providers? Perhaps you don't even need a reseller?
VPS' cost from about 30 USD +
You could probably host your sites with a budget of 4 dollars per month.
Well I'm interested in manging a bit more, thats why I was considering a vps. (In terms of my linux experience I use it daily as my desktop) I'm interested in playing with lighttp as well. Tho I've noticed that the market for vps seems to be opening. There are a lot of cheap providers out there. Right now I pay $7 a month for my reseller account, the server doesn't seem to be suffering from a lack of resources (dual p4 3 ghz with 2gb ram according to whm) but I think the number of clients on it is maxing out its connection, either way I'm switching hosts. I was just wondering if a lower end vps might give me more control without any downsides.
@MziB: there are about 30 users and maybe 3 posts a day; It's quite small. I don't think it would be resource taxing but with my current host I don't really have a way to gauge what its using in terms of cpu or ram usage.
Well everyone says shared hosting. So I guess I'm off to look for one that's at least sort of what I want.
@Solidhost-John Actually I wasn't planning on using any control panel. The linux distro I use on my desktop is quite lightweight so all of the config is done cli, so I've grown accustom to config files.