So, I guess I’m stating the obvious for those who already “get it”, but it seems DH VPS is the same as shared hosting but with a higher and guaranteed memory limit. Where in shared space procwatch steps in at around 128M/process and/or some number of processes using some amount of RAM, VPS is not vague about a hard limit. VPS is also “generally” not influenced by other server users, whereas in shared space, even if we’re not abusing RAM, our services are more subject to resource usage by neighbors. And while we don’t have root access, I believe VPS doesn’t have restrictions against installing software, where in shared space we can’t install anything that requires writing outside of our username folder tree.
For these benefits the price is a base of $15 for 1MB of that reserved RAM plus our normal $10/month DH account. Well, it looks to me like DH VPS is one of the most expensive that I’ve seen, even when adding the service fee for management to competitor base pricing for VPS. I have a lot of MySQL databases so there is significant value there. Fast and easy SSL and CDN add value, as well as the email services.
Now I think the decision is much simpler. I’ll accept $15/month as reasonable for 1GB of managed VPS. I have a problem with that doubling for 2GB and again for 4 where competitors add $10/month at each increment rather than doubling the price. And when I’m adding that cost just for reserved and increased memory, are the other services actually worth an additional $120/year? (db and email primarily, I don’t care about the convenience of SSL or CDN)
Aside from this, I have a frugal little DIY guy on my shoulder. In my research I’ve found stable VPS hosts with happy clients that are Much less expensive (no names) for unmanaged services, and in discussion with their users, to my amazement it seems I may over-value management for web server and database server. Those folks claim that while they don’t run default servers they also don’t feel a need for maintenance beyond standard auto-updates. That doesn’t stand the test of targeted hacks, 0day malware, etc, but (a) I’m not worthy of such targeting, and (b) I’d be fine with a wipe and reinstall if I did get hit by this. So I ask myself - why do I care about management when I can get unmanaged services for SO much cheaper, and still keep my DH shared services for non-critical, low-profile usage.
That’s a question that only I can answer but actual Value is a huge factor in this comparison. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any intent to leave DH. But as a loyal client for over a decade just don’t want to pay above market rates for modest (1-2GB RAM) VPS services.
If I were getting paid for these sites, or funding them with advertising dollars, etc, then money wouldn’t be a real concern. But at the moment that’s not the case, and that’s my problem, not DH’s.
Here’s my short-term conclusion.
- I’m going to start with the 1GB VPS now. As @smaffulli said, I can always change later. I accept $15/month as being average for that platform, though not competetive or compelling with the need to add $10 for a DH account (which I have anyway).
- I will also get started DreamCompute as a way to play with self-management of a public-facing server, and perhaps for shifting some of my non-critical efforts off-line and out of primary shared/VPS space.
- I will continue to look at lower-cost, DIY, non-DH solutions, maybe for hosting my non-public development projects and stick with DH only for production sites … or the other way around.
In the longer term I just need to work on better funding for my projects so that I don’t need to do so much soul searching on things like this. If we spend more of our time on generating revenue, and do that well, we don’t need to spend so much time being cheap about expenses.
More later… Thanks again.