Hi everyone. OK here is the issue. I have been using Rackspace Cloudsites for about a month now and am not happy at all. It is glorified shared hosting. Their mysql databases are located elsewhere and is not good for Wordpress. This is all my opinion so I do not want to get into a bashing session on Rackspace, just looking for a solution.
Anyhow, I am now looking into managed dedicated servers. I do not have experience with managing my own server, setting up an OS, etc. I know how to use cPanel and set up cron jobs, mysql, install wordpress, create FTP accounts, etc. When it comes to the actual physical server I have no idea what I am doing. I do not know about SSH or setting up control panels, etc.
My 4 websites get about 6000 visitors a day. All websites are running wordpress. I use W3TC (wordpress total cache) and still need performance help.
I need to have a reliable server to run wordpress. Also, the plugins that I use with wordpress can be intensive, specifically a translation plugin called Transposh (transposh.org) as well as gdstarrating (gdstarrating.com). The need for a reliable, robust and fast mysql capability is of the utmost importance. I was previously with inmotion hosting VPS which worked fine with the transposh plugin, but their servers got hacked and the CDN network that rackspace offers was enough to justify switching to CloudSites.
So, I would like to get a managed dedicated linux server that has a control panel preinstalled and is basically ready for me to add domains, change MX records for google apps, etc. I have used VPS services before but am really tired of the shared hosting model.
So, what do you guys recommend I do? My budget is roughly $200 - $300 a month, maybe a little more. I am paying $150/month with CloudSites and am not happy at all.
I have looked into Hivelocity and a few others. Rackspace dedicated servers are very overpriced I think. These hosting "review" sites are all affiliates so I do not trust them, I need your advice.
Thanks in advance!
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