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How many of you use DigitalOcean and if so, what server stack did you use for your Xenforo installation? I need more RAM so I'm moving from shared hosting to a VPS. After asking around and googling reviews I've decided to get the $20 a month package from digitalocean. The $20 a month package has 2GB Memory, 2 Cores, 40GB SSD Disk and 3TB Transfer. All plans come with SSD Drives, a control panel, automated backups, US or Europe locations, 99.99% Uptime and Tier-1 bandwidth.

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Do any of you use digital ocean? I did a quick search on here and see that the following members have used DigitalOcean:

I can also recommend DigitalOcean, who have Amsterdam-based VPSes for good money. They do free 2-month trials and I've always had good service with them.

Full disclosure: That is a referral link. If you don't want to use it, just go to :)
Very great :
Any xenforo forum hosted on them?
May I see :)
So far digitalocean has been very nice. I had a blank centOS load on it and was able to install everything I needed with no issues. BTW you guys all rock.
I have a Digital Ocean VPS with cPanel running on it. Plus the nginxcp plugin as well.
All I got is digital ocean+ centmod :)
You can install Cpanel on digital ocean. Takes less then an hour. Linode, cloudlayer anything really. As long as you have root access you can install any control panel including Cpanel provided you are using a compatible OS to go with it.
You could do as SneakyDave suggested get a VPS from DigitalOcean and control everything yourself. I got a test setup on one of their VPS's just more or less learning how to manage a server and install stuff. I've managed to install Percona, varnish, and a few other things. Or you can step up to a better shared hosting solution as I see you said you pay $24 a month with Bluehost and try out xFHost. I use them for my main site and I don't have many issues with them at all.
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Before installing XenForo, you need to set the default storage engine to InnoDB:
  • default-storage-engine=InnoDB
The only problem I encounter when using centminmod is email :)
actually proper way is to edit /etc/my.cnf


default-storage-engine = MyISAM


default-storage-engine = InnoDB

and comment out skip-innodb line

then restart mysql server

Centmin Mod command shortcut to /etc/my.cnf, you type mycnf
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no problems with emails either but i am using google app for my email.. just make sure dns (A record for ipv4 and AAAA records for ipv6) and spf records (for ipv4 and if ipv6 if you have server announcing them) are properly configured and xenforo -f email option are enabled

or instead of Google App domains, use MS Live Domains for email - same as Google Apps - minus IMAP support though
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i see.. i dont use live domains myself so not familiar with it.

did you try using smtp setup in xenforo or default server mail ?

Google Apps FTW
yeah now you have me thinking..

did you setup your email client to check email from the live domain as well on regular basis ?
No, I didn't setup any email client.
I just signup and create an email account.
wonder if this is the problem ?

Are you sending email from new IPs?
IPs not previously used to send email typically don’t have any reputation built up in our systems. As a result, emails from new IPs are more likely to experience deliverability issues. Once the IP has built a reputation for not sending spam, Outlook will typically allow for a better email delivery experience.
New IPs that are added for domains that are authenticated under existing Sender ID records typically experience the added benefit of inheriting some of the domain’s sending reputation. If the domain has a good sending reputation new IPs may experience a faster ramp up time. A new IP can expect to be fully ramped within a couple of weeks or sooner depending on volume, list accuracy and as long as their junk email complaint rates are kept at a minimum. To update or create your Sender ID record, click here.

sounds like Sender ID uses your domain's SPF txt records

To use SIDF, e-mail senders and domain owners must publish or declare all of the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses used by their outbound e-mail servers, or the IPs authorized to send e-mail on their behalf, in the Domain Name System (DNS). These IPs are included in a Sender Policy Framework (SPF) text file.
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