Advice on website hosting
September 24, 2011 10:39 AM Subscribe
Who do you recommend for small-scale web hosting?
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth to computers & internet (24 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking to change internet hosting and wondering what the hive-mind recommends. I currently have shared linux hosting on GoDaddy (and subsequently a website with some mysql databases, and a wordpress blog, as well as domain names registered with GoDaddy). The reason that I need new hosting is because I now need admin access to linux for some software that I want to install (postgresql and postgis).
I've heard a few anti-recommendations for GoDaddy from friends (and seen quite a few online) but I can't personally fault it aside from my wordpress blog running very slowly. I do find that moving from their cheapest web-hosting to a virtual server is quite an increase in price. As I have very little knowledge about how much it should cost, I'm wondering if paying for ~$30 for 1 GB RAM, 15GB storage and 500 GB/mo bandwidth is good value.
Part of the reason I am considering staying with GoDaddy is because I thought it would be easier to move my current site/blog to the new server but it turns out that I can't migrate any of it anyway, so I have to set up everything from scratch.
Also, although I'm becoming more familiar with how the various pieces fit together, I'm also not sure I can do it all using just ssh access. Is it worth paying extra for something like plesk or cPanel for managing such a server?
The general objective of this site is to showcase some aspects of my academic research. At the moment it receives a low level of traffic, but I would expect this to slowly grow so bandwidth limitations are not an issue!