If you want to work with an unmanaged solution…
Amazon offers new customers a year of free service for one micro instance.
I am currently hosting a couple of low traffic wordpress sites. No problems so far, up 147 days without a restart.
I mostly followed this guide to configure my server.
Because of the low specs of the micro-instance, I had to edit some config files to limit the maximum number of processes nginx and php5-fpm can open.
If you go this route, you should probably use Apache for the webserver rather than nginx. I find Apache to be more user friendly and there are more online resources/tutorials for Apache, as well as gaining use of .htaccess
@chrisburton just don’t go rackspace even for a small site. Pretty sure they only have 1 data center in Dallas and their virtualization sucks… I ping out alot at peak hours. Ps I’m forced there because a client uses americommerce.
I sound like I work for liquidweb… I have 8 small business Ecommerce sites on our vps there. 3 of them are frameworks. In total a couple thousand unique sessions a day, fast db calls, half a second renders, 0 network performance issues. They will basically run it for you if you have no idea. They are always trying to just do it themselves when I ask them about something. I got a storm server and recently compiled pdo_sql, soap, adjusted all kinds of php settings, mem limits, etc. Its WHM with easyApache, but Liquidweb still heavily wanted to do it for me. Anymore I just let them… Less liability on me.
Keep in mind: 95% of hosts are simply resellers of a handful of big guns. Most of these big guns dont even own their data centers, its rented from Dupont or others. So in reality there are only a few viable top level hosts.
> I prefer that the VPS is managed as I’m not familiar with running my own server.
For $3000 you can easily get a managed dedicated server. I have a managed dedicated server with Liquid Web and I pay about $2000 per year.
For anything hosting related you should check http://www.webhostingtalk.com/ They also have a “Web Hosting Offers” section where you can get discounts for several hosts.
> a host that will allow the installation of Dropbox
Are you using Dropbox for deployment somehow?
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