I got a problem with my hosting (I used to have someone who operated a dedicated server for me and I could easily run my website without thinking "how it's made"). Unfortunately the good times have come to and end and I need to start working on my own. And I know nothing about dedicated servers. Only that they are expensive.
Could you maybe suggest me a good dedic to start with?
I got a site with up to 20,000 unique visitors a day, with wordpress and coppermine gallery installed. I know I always have problem with CPU high usage and bandwidth. and I need max 50GB of space.
I was looking at ovh.co.uk and server4you.com so far, but I'm affraid the first one is not for newbies like me (who have no idea how to install for example Plesk on a server) but from the second one I don't know if I can choose the $49 option (and is 512 MB DDR2-RAM enough... and what do I need for allowing me using scripts like coppermine and wordpress without issues with 20,000 users surfing (around 200 visitors at the same time)
You definitely need a fully managed server. With such type of server, the provider takes care of managing the system / backend and helps out with software and script installation. If budget is a concern (apparently it is), look into getting a managed VPS with dedicated CPU and dedicated memory.
I agree, you should look for a provider that can give you management support for the applications, control panel and troubleshooting. While there are many cost effective solutions out there between dedicated and VPS, you must consider what is more important (price vs functionality/support).
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I suggest finding an entry level fully managed dedicated server that will meet your needs as well as your budget. Good luck.
Now the real question is what kind of entry level server do you need.
do you know which kind of hardware your friend was operating ?
also , what is the traffic you expect to push.
Any way you look at it - i recommend going for a good Linux Server with plenty of bandwidth and decent hardware.
as for management, if you want to reduce fees , you can go for DirectAdmin control panel which is easy to use and lightweight.