CPU minutes?


#1

For the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about signing up with Dreamhost. The deals seem pretty good and I’ve seen many people on this forum say they’re a great hosting company.

I just have a few questions though. What are CPU minutes and how are they calculated? I’ve read that the limit is 60, but that’s all I know.

Would it be possible for me to install the vBulletin forum software with a Shared hosting plan and if so, would it use a lot of CPU minutes? I know Bandwidth wouldn’t be a problem, but it’s the possibility of going over in CPU minutes is what I’m concerned with.

I was also thinking of setting up the site with Wordpress and use it as a small blog. Would this combined with vBulletin(if installation is possible) make me go over in CPU minutes?

I was thinking of having just a small community of users and not making it a huge site. If it turned into a huge site, I would definately try to get a dedicated server.

Any help would be great. Thanks in advance if anyone can help me.


#2

Hey Bakira,

The public discussion about resource usage is going on over on the blog:
http://blog.dreamhost.com/2006/05/18/the-truth-about-overselling/

My comment about cpu minutes specifically can be found here:
http://blog.dreamhost.com/2006/05/18/the-truth-about-overselling/#comment-5165

The bottom line though is that you will be fine running those sites. Hope that helps!


#3

Thanks for the links. I kinda thought that was how the minutes were calculated, but I wasn’t sure.

So, just as long as I have a small community, the minutes wouldn’t be a problem if I had a blog and a forum?

And if so, would it be easy to install vBulletin? Reason why I’m asking is because that’s the software I’m most familiar with and I prefer it over phpBB and Invision.


#4

No the minutes would not be a problem. We have customers using vBulletin, so if you have set it up on linux before you will be able to do it here as well.