signor_john - 3:02 am on Jun 18, 2009 (gmt 0)
My site delivers up to 1.5 million page views per month, mostly editorial pages with text and photos. I use a shared server at an industrial-strength hosting service with redundant power backup, multiple Internet backbone connections, fire-suppression systems, onsite + offsite data backup, and 24/7 tech support. The hosting service claims 99.9% uptime, and I believe that, because I haven't detected or heard reports of an outage in nearly eight years with the service. Maybe I'll need a dedicated server someday, but in the meantime, I'm not going to mess with a winning formula--especially when the shared server supplies everything that I need for less money than Comcast charges for my home Internet connection.