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Offline trix08

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Recommend a hosting package
« on: June 26, 2012, 05:10:21 AM »
Hello all. I used to have a website hosted with lunar pages for many years. Eventually our site got too big/busy (forum with gallery and blogs) to the point where we were being shut down by lunar pages. They recommended we upgraded to vps/dedicated hosting etc so we did but with another company.


Anyway long story short, i'm looking at lunars packages again. We are currently using around 30gb of diskspace and our bandwidth is sitting around 110gb to 130gb each month

Is there any packages suitable for us with lunar? I'm hoping to keep the costs down low as we are struggling with our current costs as it is.
Thanks for any help

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Re: Recommend a hosting package
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 05:23:49 AM »
Whenever a customer is having system load problems, it seems that the response is always to upsell them to VPS/dedi. Very often, a careful look at your system can eliminate unnecessary CPU usage. This means actively participating in the software communities you use (your forum, gallery, blog software(s)) and watching out for features (especially mods/add-ons/contributions) which are big cycle suckers. The feature set that you absolutely can't do without, along with the size of your community (user base), will in the end determine the minimum load you place upon the server and whether you can survive on a shared system or need to move up. Careful tuning of your application(s), elimination of "nice" but costly features, and monitoring of your usage are all needed to keep within the agreed-upon bounds of resource usage.
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Offline trix08

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Re: Recommend a hosting package
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 07:17:18 AM »
Thank you for the response. Unfortunately so much monitoring and tweaking isn't always an option for some. So judging by the stats i mentioned, most obvious being the high bandwidth, are we still looking at a VPS/Dedi package or is there another option available?

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Re: Recommend a hosting package
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 12:09:57 PM »
It's hard to say, without knowing anything about your site -- exactly what applications you're using, how many posts/images/etc., how many visitors, etc. Even then it could be hard to tell. My usual suggestion is to start out on a regular shared server basic account, and if/when you start getting close to CPU limits, switch over to a VPS. Unless you're confident that within 3 months you're going to be the next YouTube, you're probably wasting money by starting out too big.

What's different this time is that you've had some experience with the site already, both here (basic plan?) and on another VPS. If you cannot, or will not, do careful tracking and analysis of your system load (especially CPU load %), all you can go on is LP's assertion that you need to go to VPS or even dedi. It would be a shame to spend that kind of money and then find out all you had to do was remove one CPU-hungry mod/contribution and your CPU load would drop way down. But, in the end it's up to you to know what your site is doing so you can stay within the system limits. If you can't (or won't) learn the skills, there's not much to do except upgrade to VPS when LP tells you to.

Is LP shutting down sites for high bandwidth now? It used to be that bandwidth (and disk) were "unlimited", but CPU load % was the invisible limit (there's no real way to monitor it yourself -- you have to ask LP for the numbers). Was that why you were shut down and left previously? 4 to 5 GB per day doesn't seem wildly excessive, but maybe you actually tripped the CPU load limit.
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Re: Recommend a hosting package
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 08:31:37 AM »
Did anyone use Lunarpages reseller packages? Any feedback? Who know the real uptime of their servers?

 

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