I’m doing some shopping for a non-profit and trying to balance our very low budget with a fairly robust hosting option. I’m also a sysadmin by trade so I’m open to saving money by using my own labor to maintain a VPS. One thing I will not do is maintain an email system, that’s best left to others, IMO.
We have one main site and around 30 subsites that have very little traffic. I think this rules out the DreamHost WordPress hosting option as anything beyond two sites falls into the “contact us” pricing realm.
That would leave the VPS and Cloud Computing options.
The VPS appears to be “managed” but I don’t quite see what that entails. Is it basically a VPS where you don’t have root but are able to install various services/packages via some web UI? Am I able to setup my normal Nginx/PHP-FPM/Varnish stack on there for WP? Are any email accounts included in this service that are hosted by Dreamhost outside the VPS?
Cloud Computing looks interesting, I assume it’s cheaper because it’s not “managed”. My only question there is does DH provide any email accounts?
Lastly, if the VPS or Cloud options do NOT include email, is it possible to purchase that as an add-on?