I ended up going with an unmanaged VPS - and really like it. I can control all features of what runs/how it runs and only use SSH for management. Of course, you do need to be familiar with Linux and all it's associated security requirements. I'm hosted with RamNode (good price and support).Dear Users,
I got a question what do you suggest?
Using a VPS or getting a webhost, and where do you prefer for getting a webhost?
But where's the challenge?The thing is....if you are just starting out and have a small community there is no reason to go VPS until you have a fairly good sized community unless you are one of those people that like to have total control over everything. Me personally my host has everything I could have wanted Percona SQL with the SQL being on SSD's, Litepseed webserver, hourly backups, Elasticsearch so I can use the xF enhanced search addon, memcache.....basically everything I would have installed or attempted to on a VPS. Plus I don't have the headache of making sure everything is working right.
But where's the challenge?
That's why I said "I can control all features of what runs/how it runs". I DO like having total control over the system. Less overhead, can choose what web server I want to use (I like nginx myself), what DB (Percona), etc. It's apples/oranges. I prefer to have total control (which is why I went with a KVM solution).
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