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I am looking to build a website (re-build actually) and I was curious what server/host you guys would recommend to me to host the website (Looking to go with an online company).

The information:

Will need to handle 10,000 visits a month at minimal. I would like the system to be able to handle 100,000 visits a month for growth potential.

Other things that the website will have:
  • Community Calender
  • Blog
  • Geo Advertising
  • User Accounts
  • Ability to pull User Account info to send emails or mail to.
  • Regular Advertisements
  • Potentially a forum
  • Social Networking Implementations
  • RSS feeds
  • Directory
  • Want to make it easy for the Admin to add or edit articles
  • Shopping Cart
  • Intuitive Development tools
  • PHP support

So if any of those things can be helped with the server selection then great. Essentially I don't want to have to create the code for a forum, community calender, or have to do my own full fleshed out database.

And I want to make it easy for the people who will be using this and posting articles or updates (I hear things about Ruby on Rails and such, but I have never used Ruby, etc.).

I am willing to learn some different stuff and will have 5-6 months to complete the site. But, again, if the website host can provide decent tools or functions for me to integrate in the website then that is all the much easier.

Thanks.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/7/11 at 8:38am
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I take it no one hear has the experience and knowledge to truly help out with this. Or they have not seen this post.

In that case does anyone know of a better forum (external, not OCN) for web design and development? I don't see a lot of people on this site that have such experience. I need to have access to a forum that does and is like OCN when dealing with computers. Any suggestions there? Sort of like audio and video is with AV Science forum, etc.
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I take it you don't have a lot of patience

Godaddy is quite good imho, with easy tools to deploy forums, add domains and do management. If you use the code LINUX20, you can save 20% on hosting
    
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I do not recommend web hosting providers. They all suck.
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I would make my first task picking out the content management system rather than the hosting. I'm currently maintaining an open source game engine site using Wordpress/Buddypress/bbPress that gets 10,000 hits a day. We've been self-hosted for almost two years and have not only saved a ton of money, but have allowed for substantial growth and control of the system.

Caching is really the name of the game here (no matter which CMS you decide on), we have a quad-core server with 4GB of RAM that gets completely bogged down if the APC cache we have set up is disabled. Having control of the OS is not only crucial for apache and php tweaks that you may want to make, but also for other things that may pop up out of necessity (Java support is one that comes to mind). Make sure that any host you choose has specs on their opcode cache.

Virtual Private Servers are, of course, an option but they're expensive if you're just starting out and are way overkill for 10,000 hits a month.
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@Fearmeanscontrol

This of course assumes you can get a line with sufficient bandwidth to your building, which may not be possible in some areas.
    
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@Fearmeanscontrol

This of course assumes you can get a line with sufficient bandwidth to your building, which may not be possible in some areas.
Aye, a completely fair question.. we're slightly spoiled in NYC.

Setting up for 10x growth, however, isn't cheap. That's where a VPS would start to come into play
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post #8 of 13
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Aye, a completely fair question.. we're slightly spoiled in NYC.

Setting up for 10x growth, however, isn't cheap. That's where a VPS would start to come into play
Yes, currently my upload sucks. So in the future this may be an option as I will be moving towards a locale with better speeds for sure.

Hopefully migrating from whatever host I use to a home server will be easy if I decide to do so with my own sites. However, for clients I will be putting them on BlueHost, WebHostingPad, or HostMonster (whatever I find to be best) as they will all be small business.

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@Fearmeanscontrol

This of course assumes you can get a line with sufficient bandwidth to your building, which may not be possible in some areas.
See Above.

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Originally Posted by FearMeansControl View Post
I would make my first task picking out the content management system rather than the hosting. I'm currently maintaining an open source game engine site using Wordpress/Buddypress/bbPress that gets 10,000 hits a day. We've been self-hosted for almost two years and have not only saved a ton of money, but have allowed for substantial growth and control of the system.

Caching is really the name of the game here (no matter which CMS you decide on), we have a quad-core server with 4GB of RAM that gets completely bogged down if the APC cache we have set up is disabled. Having control of the OS is not only crucial for apache and php tweaks that you may want to make, but also for other things that may pop up out of necessity (Java support is one that comes to mind). Make sure that any host you choose has specs on their opcode cache.

Virtual Private Servers are, of course, an option but they're expensive if you're just starting out and are way overkill for 10,000 hits a month.
Well, the hosts I mentioned seem decent for the requirements. And I will be using WordPress or Drupal for the CMS which all of them handle.

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I do not recommend web hosting providers. They all suck.
Hmmm.... well, some have to be better than others. I guess you could say some companies are self made such as Google and other big guys.

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Originally Posted by citruspers View Post
I take it you don't have a lot of patience

Godaddy is quite good imho, with easy tools to deploy forums, add domains and do management. If you use the code LINUX20, you can save 20% on hosting
Well, compared to other parts of this site that get hits back in seconds or maybe minutes we have a lot less traffic in coding, server, and internet related sections. I wish I knew of a forum like OCN for those kinds of topics.

And as far as GoDaddy is concerned I am not a big fan of their interface from what little experience I had with them.
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Well, the hosts I mentioned seem decent for the requirements. And I will be using WordPress or Drupal for the CMS which all of them handle.
I'm by no means nudging you away from Drupal because its an amazing system and the community is fantastic (we've hosted a few New York Drupal Camps) but there is a learning curve. Luckily though, Drupal is far more mature as a business-centric CMS than Wordpress, which has only started to come into its own for this purpose since 3.0
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I'm by no means nudging you away from Drupal because its an amazing system and the community is fantastic (we've hosted a few New York Drupal Camps) but there is a learning curve. Luckily though, Drupal is far more mature as a business-centric CMS than Wordpress, which has only started to come into its own for this purpose since 3.0
Wish I could just test both and see what I liked. However, I am sure they both have their strong suits. Further, I will have to see which is more suitable for a womens based site that features a directory, news, blog, and a community calender. Whatever makes it easy for everyone is probably best.
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