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Today he got back to me and said
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For me to take out a VPS account with them will double what I am currently paying. Second to this I have not got a clue about running a VPS. Please Please Please Please would someone offer me some advice here as I just dont know what to do and also I dont think I can afford the VPS they are trying to sell me. There are other VOS out there that look cheaper but my host is telling me that cheap will not meet my needs.
[edited by: eelixduppy at 12:26 pm (utc) on Dec. 3, 2009]
That said, your host has suggested a dedicated server not a VPS - so the additional cost will be even more. Also, there is nothing obvious in that quote that suggests they are trying to cheat you - in fact, it seems to me they are being quite reasonable.
On the other hand, maybe their hardware is a bit dated or they haven't configured things optimally - you might be ok at another host for about the same money. Or perhaps mirroring might be a solution (a subject I know nothing about). Or maybe, your htaccess file really is over-the-top and needs to be trimmed.
I will need to find one in my price bracket of around £600 per anum. Has anyone any recommendations and where do I begin looking ?
super cheap shared plan then everything else gets pretty pricy QUICK.
I have not used cloud hosting but all that really would be is your site is spread around many different servers in many different places.
If the server will be in the US it will be fastest for your US users. Are more of your users in the UK?
The good thing of cloud hosting is that your hosting is hardware independent by design and that (in theory) no hardware failure is capable of wiping out your internet presence. The drawback of this however is that your site must be designed hardware independent. This can become problematic when it comes to sessions, temporary storage etc. With many cloud hosting implementations session information and temporary files are still stored on the local disk of one of the nodes, causing problems when the user is switched over to another node, because of hardware failure of load balancing.
You have to check with the cloud hosting provider of your application is compatible with their implementation of cloud hosting.