could be, but an optimized server doesnt mean just a server, it means optimized apache, mysql and nginx/litespeed installed in my opinion.
How does that justify a 300% mark up monthly price? All that could be done hiring an admin to do it for a 1 time fee. I could see maybe a 200.00 set up fee to have it done, but not 289 monthly for a market average 99.00 server.
I agree, Urljet for example has higher prices too:How does that justify a 300% mark up monthly price? All that could be done hiring an admin to do it for a 1 time fee. I could see maybe a 200.00 set up fee to have it done, but not 289 monthly for a market average 99.00 server.
It all comes down to location, location, location...I am in Australia with cable internet access, I use WebNX and have so for several years with a dedicated server of:
8 cores x Intel Xeon CPU E31230 @ 3.20GHz (Speed 1600.000 MHz, Cache 8192 KB), 16gb ram, 4x73gb 15k rpm sas hdd, raid 10, 320gb sata II hdd, 10TB, 100mbps port
For that I only pay $179 for the server, $30 for WHM/cPanel and $28 for complete server management. In Australia I would be paying the same amount for a VPS only that contains only the bare minimum amount of resources that I need but with no overhead protection like I have with my WebNX dedicated server. However my problem was that 90% of my audience is Australian based. So moving the hosting to the West Coast US was a decision made around sure, there would be slightly longer times (180ms compared to around 50ms) but I would hopefully start to pick up on potential International audiences...and that is working although be it very slowly.
Mike, your servers are in Canada, please correct me if I am wrong, and going by Morgain's post saying that her sites are on your servers, the ping time to the housemorgain site for me is over 330ms...far too long for an average user in Australia IF the site was to also try and attract global users so it all comes down to location of audience, location of server and the strategic objectives of your site in where you want it to go.
The third element above of the strategic objectives for your site in terms of targeted audience is what always troubles me when trying to listen to my site's audience. My sites started in Australia so the high Australian user base has actually become detrimental to growth of my sites as the sites are filled with Australian content making growth so much harder. The point I am making is it has become apparent to me that very careful consideration to the location of hosting is very important when your site is new as that will assist you greatly in the long term success of your site
I'm seeing around 8/9 seconds per page load on that site. There are 32 scripts being called on each page, and 124 requests per page! 22 of those scripts are ads.Thanks for that, I do wonder how much of that adsense plays in that. How fast was the static content in your browser itself loading, ignoring ads loading.
Oh wow. You dealt with Tim, then? Have been with Tim (as Global Gold and now Nimbus) for years.The host we use for ValveTime.net is great but they only have UK servers which may be a bit pointless as I imagine most of your traffic is US based...
They are Nimbus Hosting: http://www.nimbushosting.co.uk/xenforo-hosting.php
However my problem was that 90% of my audience is Australian based. So moving the hosting to the West Coast US was a decision made around sure, there would be slightly longer times (180ms compared to around 50ms)