I currently run about 7 Joomla sites with low traffic using tsohost and I am not so happy with the performance (though its maybe fair given the cost which is low) and the fact that I share the ip with thousands of sites and a few adult sites.
I would like to know why there is no middle option. I do find them to be very responsive for support but at times I dont find I have the full control I need for example to get log files (since the log is shared with 150000 sites)
Clearly I have outgrown this cheap shared option which would be suitable for a lot of small businesses who just need a few pages.
For me it looks like it jumps from around 50 quid per year to 1000 per year - isn't there anything in-between?
For the various hosting options:
Which kinds limit the number of sites sharing the ip (I know there is a limit in general out there and hosts need to really limit them) ?
Do I manage the linux box myself if for example it is cloud hosting.
I need from time to time for example to set some php.ini things specific and can I do this per site for example. I am used to doing quite a lot myself via SSH. What would be my best bet.
I used to understand the options in hosting were as follows
shared managed host service (many customers run off the same physical box (server)) this didn't used to mean 15000 sites shared 'my' IP though.
private box where you rent a server and configure it yourself (its a big part of anyones week maybe to keep it going and one might need) isn't there an option to get a server that is all mine with an ip so just MY sites share the ip. (I know ip's can be had by buying an SSL for a domain)
Now I see 'cloud' which confuses me and seems to be not used in the sense that I understand what cloud computing is. The cloud for me is like amazon s3 where they provide services that could be anywhere and reduce costs for companies and are available anywhere. How can hosting be cloud if its sitting on a server in a center?
Also how can I know if I am getting resold something - I think I might be able to tell but would be good to reduce the middle men.
My budget would be up to 500 per year but rackspace for example offer from about 150 per month. So where is the middle better ground ?