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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Ann Arbor, MI

    newbie needs managed VPS advice

    Hi all,

    I've been reading a bunch of messages here and in the VPS forum, and I think I'm on the right track. I'm hoping you can give me a "sure, do that" or "no! that's stupid!" response or additional advice. Here's the situation:

    I'm a grad student, and my school does not offer reliable hosting. We're using a MediaWiki and CoSign (an Apache module) for community communication and as a research project. I need hosting that manages servers because I'm a developer, not a sysadmin, and my only server admin experience is with Mac OS X Server. We don't have the technical expertise or time to do everything for our server, but we don't need mission-critical support. We want the wiki to work nearly all the time, and we want to be able to use CoSign so that users have a single signon with other university resources. It would be great if we could get some help getting MediaWiki and CoSign to work together, but that's not a deal-breaker. I just finished building all this for our dev server - the Mac - and I don't want to do all this again. Linux is fine, the OS doesn't matter much to MediaWiki and CoSign. Yes, yes, I know it's not great to use different platforms for development and production, but that's what I have available right now.

    Does it sound like a good scenario for managed VPS hosting? I've looked at,, and, and I'm trying to decide where to go. I'm pretty sure I can get about $50/month out of my advisor for hosting. He's supportive and definitely wants the hosting done offsite and not by grad students.

    What do you think?

    Thank you for your time!

    Links (oops, can't link because this is my first post)
    MediaWiki: mediawiki DOT org
    CoSign: weblogin DOT org

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Gods Own Country
    If you do a search in this forum you will get a clear idea on which is the best vps provider company.
    Last edited by anon-e-mouse; 01-02-2008 at 02:10 AM.

  3. #3
    The VPS Offer section is having some cool deals right now. You can get a decent managed VPS for $50/month.

    Also you'll need to decide which control panel to choose, namely cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. For cPanel, it's better to pick at least 256MB.

    All the best!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    I'd assume that you'll not need to much in terms of server resources for something like this, so you should be able to find a good plan for well under $50/mo.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    A Gigopolis In The Making
    For your requirement, I don't see a problems for you to get what you want at your budget.

    Yes, certainly you are recommended to go for a managed service. Although you don't need mission critical support, a managed service do much more than just support.

    They help install modules, secure and harden the vps and lot more. (depending on their definitions of "managed")

    In this forums, SLHost, KnownHost and Liquid Web are quite popular for the managed VPS service. - Never pay more for your logo!

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    I would go with servint.

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