Much to my regret, I’m shopping for a new webhost, and I could use a little advice.
We’ve had rox.com at midPhase for many years, and they’ve been pretty good to us. But about 15 months ago we were forced to upgrade from a shared setup to a virtual private server (VPS) because this blog was being overwhelmed by spambot attacks.
(Since this is a noncommercial website that generates no income, we couldn’t afford a VPS, but one of the founders of midPhase, Dan Ushman, was feeling generous and comped the account for a while. Later, after the spambot attack had subsided, I tried to downgrade back to a shared plan, but midPhase wouldn’t allow it.)
Thing is, our VPS has never worked quite right. We’ve had continual problems, and the support staff has worked with me diligently trying all manner of solutions. But nothing has worked. The site continues to experience outages (mainly httpd fails), and has not been stable all this time.
The staff at midPhase keeps coming back to the same ultimate solution: upgrade to a dedicated server. But a dedicated machine costs $200/month, and as I mentioned we generate no income.
I’m skeptical that we really need a dedicated server. For one thing, every suggestion that the support staff has made has proven to be bogus so far. For another thing, they say our VPS can’t handle the traffic. With all our sites, we get a total of bout 10,000 page views per day.
So my question: Is 10K pageviews really too much for a VPS? Is my webhost blowing smoke up my ass?
And: Is 10K pageviews too much for a shared server? Is there a host out there that could handle a site such as ours with a simple shared plan?