I have several websites hosted on a shared network and every once in a while I notice that either the server goes down (because of other websites on the network according to customer service) or the download time is decreased substantially (for some other reason).
I have one drupal site that hosts 8,000 pictures and another drupal site that hosts 6,000 images and 200 videos. I barely update these sites anymore (hence why I use the Cache and CSS Optimizing features that Drupal has under Admin >> Performance.) They each have about 500-1,000 unique visitors/day mostly generated from search engines.
I have about a dozen other websites as well, all ranging from 10-100 static HTML pages with (50 - Several hundred) visitors/day.
In short I think I manage about a total of 3-4K visitors/day however, use several CMS such as WordPress, Drupal, etc...
Anyway, im starting a Video Chat website and the script that im installing says the following:
1- Peer to Peer Streaming! No Media Server Required! Chat Clone utilizes adobe's new peer to peer streaming so you don't have to waste money on a expensive media server!
2- Almost No Bandwidth Usage! Because Chat Script runs on peer to peer streaming you do not use any bandwidth to stream the webcams!
My question is, if this site picks up, do I need to upgrade my server? Do I upgrade now or should I wait and see whether or not the site picks up? Considering that I am already running into problems such as slow download speed and server crashes what do you recommend?
When did you upgrade to a dedicated server? Was the amount of traffic a factor? Or was slow download time and security the reason for upgrade. What factors do we need to consider before an upgrade?