I run a graphic design company and I'm looking for a reliable host that offers vps. my requirements are php 5, mysql, etc.
Do you have experience with systems administration via the command line?
If not, you'd be better off with managed vps hosting which will narrow your options.
What budget do you have?
Do you need a control panel?
I'm always wary of hosting 'companies' that give no indication of where they are based (or descriptive information about who they are). This is often a warning sign of a fly-by-night host who may disappear with little to no warning.
Adding to Matt's concerns, I'm leary of hosts which don't post their daemon versions or prices. I didn't check the one offered in #3 but watch out.
I guess it's time to revive my checklist for searching for a new host:
Alternately, save yourself some time and look at WebHostingBuzz where I've got three accounts (and NO problems). I highly recommend them (although I've got a shared, specialty and dedicated accounts, not a VPS, but I've got it well bracketed)!
Thanks for the replies everyone! Ok, to answer EastCoast's and DK's questions.
I'm familiar with Linux/Unix command line interface, so I don't mind using it, since I grew up the MS-DOS era lol.
- Requirements for me are Linux, Apache 2.4.x, PHP 5.3.x (or 5.4.x would be nice), MySQL 5.x, SSL, and dedicated IP addresses.
Additional requirements are, having the option to upgrade those above services when needed or add additional programs such as Ruby.
I know right now VPS would be fine. Most likely manged because to be honest, I'm not entirely sure on what all is required to manage your own server. (I'll have to research more on that).
cPanel, and WMH i'm familiar with.
I work with the popular CMS's such as Wordpress, Joomla, etc. I may also work with a shopping cart program such as Magento.
I'm in the Chicago area, but my current host gives me a choice on which data center to use for best performance.
From my experience, (managed) VPSs are updated every day to use the latest STABLE (non-"bleeding edge") OS and daemon updates. You can also load any software you need whenever you like.
I will never manage my own server because I don't have access to the massive variety of tools required nor am I available 7/24/365¼ to monitor services for proper functioning nor to actively stop an ongoing hack attack (a DDoS attack would probably deny me access, too). IMHO, you need a "round-the-clock" staff to manage your own server whether it's a dedicated server or VPS.
Know where the company is based - and make sure they are in a reputable datacenter but it's not overly a concern whether it's Chicago, Dallas, Seattle or Atlanta now days. DK's suggestion is as good as any.
cPanel/WHM is the way to go though, that'll meet all your needs, and well, cPanel is the best.
Personally I do like to know how long the host has existed, research complaints against them, and go through a checklist similar to DKLynn's. If the OP is familiar with the command line then cPanel/WHM are not necessarily the best options as they can really limit what you are able to do with your VPS.
I prefer a self managed VPS where I can install WebMin on it. WebMin is a powerful open-source program for server management. It does a similar role to cPanel however you are free to configure it as you see fit. In this setup you can also use secured SSH to tunnel and then use the command line, filezilla, or Ecipse to manage your websites.
If you are new to the hosting industry i would recommend to go with the reseller account - if you pick a good provider you have the support of the provider to help you out.
Managed VPs could be a great solution as well, with cPanel /WHM backend .
http://intovps.com is a good vps provider. I have a vps server with them. I created a support ticket and got a response within 5 minutes. Fastest I've ever received a response.
advice for you , when you find a company ask thier custtomrs first . i learned that .
Customers and their reviews/testimonials could be a good starting guide to evaluate hosts' reputation.
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