I’d like to give a special thanks to this VPS Coupon website for helping us get a great discount when setting up the hosting for our websites. We want to run a few websites that will hopefully get decent amounts of traffic, so we decided that a VPS (which stands for Virtual Private Server) was probably the best way to go for our hosting. It is more expensive than shared hosting, but you also have greater flexibility and won’t run into problems without going over your bandwidth limit (yes you will have limits on budget hosting plans, even if they claim to be unlimited).
When we first looking into it we thought a dedicated server might be the best way to go, and it’s certainly a great option if you know you will be getting a lot of traffic and will need a lot of storage. The problem for us was that we would be starting from scratch and building traffic over time, which means we didn’t need to be paying for the large amounts of bandwidth and storage initially. With a VPS you don’t have a fixed amount of storage or RAM, and you can adjust your service level as needed. So essentially your payments can grow along with your business, and in any venture you want to keep your costs down as much as possible initially while still leaving yourself the ability to grow.
We decided on using Dreamhost, but there are many great companies that offer VPS hosting plans such as Bluehost, Hostgator, FatCow, JustHost, and GoDaddy. Dreamhost offers a 30-day free trial (provided that you don’t use more than 100GB of data, which is highly unlikely unless you have a lot of streaming video or hi-resolution photos) which was very enticing, and we liked their 100% uptime guarantee. They also said that their VPS service is actually better than the dedicated servers, because if you have content that goes viral and you get a sudden spike in traffic the VPS is much better able to handle that since it has the capacity to grow.