Ref a thread where I asked if it was acceptable to discuss this topic.
I have a number of WordPress sites in shared space, some with over 20 plugins. The average RAM/transaction is 60-90MB. With just a couple simultaneous hits this will cause procwatch to kill all processes. This has become a daily pain. The next step is to get a VPS. I’ve researched the topic, prefer to host VPS with DH but had to check competitors. Here are some numbers and questions.
- 2GB RAM, will probably need to scale to 4 or 8 within the year
- 2 Cores
- I want host-provided management of the web server (Apache or NGinx) and MySQL. Specifically I want someone to keep up with patches, security, and optimal configuration. I can do this but don’t want to spend time in ongoing research to keep up with it. The internet is a wild place and I value a host that keeps us safe and performant with regular server maintenance.
HostGator advertises these plans:
2 GB RAM, 2 Core, 120GB disk, $20
4 + 2 + 165 = $30
8 + 4 + 240 = $40
For “shared-host-like” management of the web server and MySQL, a CPanel and other common conveniences, add $10 to each tier. I consider this a hidden price above their advertised price.
VPS does include root.
2 GB RAM + 2 Cores + 40GB SSD is $47/month plus $7 management fee as described above. At that price for the most basic plan I won’t look further.
1 RAM + 1 Core + 20 Disk = $5/month
2 + 1 + 30 = $10
4 + 2 + 48 = $20
8 + 4 + 96 = $40
Like the others, add monthly management - in this case a whopping $100/mo offsets the awesomely low prices there. This is for people who don’t need any help, more like DreamCompute. That’s a significant issue that takes them off the table too.
And now DreamHost...
DH requires a separate, normal account, which I already have of course, so add $10/month to VPS prices:
1GB RAM + 30GB disk = $15
2 + 60 = $30
4 + 120 = $60
8 + 240 = $120
- So DH uses a simple multiplier like Linode, where HostGator offers a quantity-discount. Since I know I’m going to need to up-size soon, so far DH at $60/mo isn’t as attractive as HG at $40. No, this isn’t a big difference but when we’re talking about $240/year, now all of a sudden the numbers look more significant.
- DH doesn’t mention cores.
- DH says “Additional RAM and Storage can be added after signing up.” but there’s no pricing advertised for this Before signing up. I don’t care much about disk so 4-8GB of ram with 2 cores would still work for me with 60GB disk - assuming the RAM cost is trivial. With my current plan, and being a DH client for over a decade, I have “unlimited” DH disk anyway.
- DH doesn’t mention support for web server or MySQL, which is a big deal for me.
- I’m happy with my normal, non-optimized MySQL for now, so don’t need MySQL VPS - note this isn’t offered anywhere else.
- DH also doesn’t mention pricing for MySQL VPS.
- DH does not support root in VPS. This has caused some people to move to DreamCompute. I don’t know if I’m ready for that, and would still need support for the web server and mySQL. I’m willing to see how far I can go without root. I’d like to run Java apps so I hope root isn’t required to install, run, or update Java.
Summary for now:
- I need answers from DH to the above.
- For this comparison I have to put aside intangibles like uptime/SLA, effective support, etc, as there’s no way to quantify that for comparison.
- Ultimately if I need to scale to 8GB RAM, with DH I’m looking at $120+10=$130/month, more than what I now pay per year, and with Hostgator it’s $50 including root. I believe they’re also going to have a BlackFriday event to lower prices… I will not give up my DH shared account for minimal needs, and I don’t want to move everything else to another host, but at this moment I feel compelled to consider adding the other provider.
I will continue to look elsewhere, since HostGator has really bad reviews for support. But I’m hoping DH will come up with something I don’t know, a sale, a loyalty discount for a long-term client, some detail that reduces that $80/month disparity. I’ll even consider moving to DreamCompute if someone can convince me that support for a web server is trivial.
Thanks for your time, interest, and information.