A VPS is the ideal hosting platform if you are planning to run WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or any other content managment system as the basis of your site.
You need to ask yourself a few questions and do a little research before you decide on a VPS.
How much space do you need?
A minimum of 10 Gigabytes is needed. Your server OS installation will take around a 1 gig of space and after updates and various other software installations, you are looking at around 1.5 gigs. Let’s be conservative and make it 2 gigs to get your VPS up and running, serving content to your visitors. What type of content will you be hosting? Is your site mainly text with a few images? Is your site image based with a little text? Are you going to serve videos, images and text? The last aspect to think about is the SSD vs HD. SSD wins every time, but expect to pay an additional premium for the speed of an SSD.
How much RAM do you need?
You can never have enough RAM. The more RAM you have the better your server will run. It’s that simple. Do you want an unmanaged or managed VPS? Unmanaged means you are fully responsible for the VPS from OS install to security. Expect NO help from the host, while managed is very close to shared hosting. An unmanaged VPS will run perfectly on 512MB – 1GB of RAM. A managed VPS needs more RAM due to the Control Panel. A Control Panel will need at least 512MB – 1GB resources on its own.
How many CPU cores do you need?
Start out with a single core and as your site gets busy you can upgrade the VPS. Its recommend that at a minimum for a fairly busy site you have with 1GB of RAM per core, but preferably 2GB per CPU core. It depends on how busy your site is.
What connection speed would be adequate for your sites?
The ideal speed is 1Gb/s. Most VPS hosts will offer you an unmetered 100Mb/s connection. 100Mb/s is fine if you are starting a new site, but as your site gets busy you will need the 1Gb/s burst speed. After you have completed this course, you will have the knowledge to move your site(s) to a different server quickly, easily, error free and most important PLUGIN FREE.
How easy is it to upgrade a VPS?
Most VPS web hosts provide a one click upgrade option, an instant upgrade. If the VPS host you decide on does not offer this option, go somewhere else.
What server operating system must you choose?
For your first VPS, select UBUNTU 14.04 LTS or Debian Jessie. The LTS designation (Long Term Support Release) means you don’t have to worry about a major server upgrade until April 2019. It’s the easiest server distribution to start with. Please ensure that the host gives you root access.
How many sites can I host on a single VPS?
If you server is setup correctly and optimized, you can comfortably host between 4 and 8 WordPress sites per gig of RAM. If you are setting up static sites, that number is almost unlimited.
What hosts do I recommend?
I can only speak from experience, there are only 2 hosts I have used and I’m happy with both of them. I start my new sites out on ovh.com and as the traffic grows I move them over to digitalocean.
OVH: ovh.com are one of the largest hosting companies around. Their prices are rock bottom for a VPS and they are reliable. I run a large number, last count was 103, of WordPress sites from a number of ovh.com VPS’s. The 2015 range of servers are priced really low and they all have SSD drives.
DigitalOcean: digitalocean.com is probably the best host today. As soon as a site becomes popular and starts to make demands on my server resources, I move it to DigitalOcean. Why do I do that? DigitalOcean offers a multi Gb/s connection and an SSD drive.
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