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Socoder -> Web Development -> good hosting

Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 02:34
JL235
PMC needs to move, the servers we are currently on just aren't good enough. So does anyone know any good companies for PHP hosting?

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Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 03:19
Jayenkai
Obviously not me!
I've looked around a fair few times, but without hitting that "Not cheap anymore" barrier, I've not found anything capable.

I'm too cheap

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Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 05:33
Spare
I'm very happy with strato so far... But I'm using a VPS, not a webhosting package ( www.strato-hosting.co.uk/ )
Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 12:19
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Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 13:59
HoboBen
Managed or unmanaged? In the latter case, I would recommend Linode, especially as there is a London data centre and support gets back to you within 6 minutes on average. They don't oversell, either. There's good options for expanding, including on-demand instances through an API.

ben@sigma:~$ uptime
20:55:28 up 356 days, 18:47, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

Over a year without rebooting! |edit| Apparently I'm now dyslexic! |edit|

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Posted : Friday, 22 July 2011, 23:54
Sticky
A year is 365 days

I'd suggest dreamhost - I haven't used them in a bit over a year, but before that I'd used them for about four and they were pretty good. I'm not sure if their service is kinda hit-and-miss though, as there are regularly people complaining about how their websites have been down quite frequently, in nearly every downtime or the like. I never had any such issues - the only time I recall my site being 'down' was when the DNS was still propagating and so the url pointed to the wrong server.

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 11:58
JL235
Rackspace have a hidden $100 signup fee, which puts me off. So I'll probably go with Linode (unless I find a better one).

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 12:32
Stealth
Rackspace have a hidden $100 signup fee


Cloud Servers has no signup fee. Not sure where you saw that at.

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 12:38
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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 13:36
Stealth


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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 13:51
HoboBen
Benchmarks, but a little old: vps performance comparison

(note that Linode now offers more memory and disk space as standard than it did when the benchmark was made)

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 13:56
JL235
ah, I see! I just presumed the ** applied to all hosting. I didn't realise it was just for that option. Thanks for clearing that up Stealth.

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 13:59
Stealth
I would go with Linode over Rackspace after looking at those numbers. The only advantage to Rackspace is that they offer Cloud Files (+CDN) and Cloud Balancers with free internal bandwidth. If you have large storage needs or would like to use a CDN, they would be better.

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Posted : Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 14:00
JL235
Yup, those numbers also convince me too. Thanks Ben!

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Posted : Thursday, 04 August 2011, 17:45
JL235
I have bought a Linode account today, and started to setup a dev copy of PMC. So far it handles requests about 50 times faster, at a consistent speed, and with no issues.

I've setup a proper CDN using nginx, which is _much_ faster at serving css/js/images then Apache, and should allow us to send out more data per seconds (and so be faster). It's way faster, even with lots of old optimizations (like caching) currently being broken.

I'm really amazed at how much faster this new server is.

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Posted : Thursday, 04 August 2011, 20:33
Stealth
Be sure to install APC for PHP.
Posted : Friday, 05 August 2011, 02:58
JL235
Done, although there doesn't seem to be any difference in speed. I'll probably only notice it if the site is under load.

But some users on Linode have reported they have much lower CPU usage with APC.

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