Post by Christopher Roe on Jul 30, 2016 11:06:49 GMT -9
Just a heads-up to anyone interested--the Genet Models website will be migrated to its own server at some point over the next few days. Between my personal blog and the downloads on Genet Models using up 50 gigs of bandwidth a month, things were getting a bit much for a shared hosting plan to handle. I was getting resource usage alerts every few days, and the final straw was when I accidentally locked myself out of my own websites while testing a chat plugin for the workbench stream page (because it was hitting the server too many times within too short a timeframe).
So, I sprung for one of the VPS plans that puts my sites on their own server. I'll need to do some housecleaning to get rid of unnecessary redundant files and so forth, but once that's done, it'll be smooth sailing again.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2016 11:08:06 GMT -9 by Christopher Roe: commas, use them
Post by Christopher Roe on Jul 30, 2016 12:50:36 GMT -9
Virtual Private Server.
On a shared hosting plan, a bunch of websites live on the same server and share the same hardware, so they're all competing for a slice of the total hardware performance of the server they reside on, and the shared resource limits are meant to ensure that one site doesn't cause problems for all of the other sites on the same server by hogging the hardware. Those resource limits are intentionally set low to ensure a margin of safety.
A dedicated server means the whole hardware stack is dedicated to your website, so your website gets the full amount of hardware resources. Those cost an arm and a leg plus change, since it's a physical device taking up floor or rack space in somebody's data center, plus you'd probably want a dedicated IT guy or an IT service agreement with the data center's owner, and that adds up pretty fast.
A VPS is somewhere in between--it's kind of like a Parallels virtual machine running on a hardware stack shared by other virtual machines, each instance is allocated a fixed slice of the hardware resources, and the price scales with the amount of allocated resources. My current VPS plan allocates 2 CPU cores at 2.36Ghz each, 2GB of RAM, 30GB of storage, and 5TB/month of bandwidth to my websites alone. It's more expensive than shared hosting (about $70 per month versus $10 per month on my previous shared hosting plan), but it's also significantly cheaper than a dedicated server.
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