Topic: Hosting: Shared vs Virtual
I've spent the last few days researching hosting plans and I'm asking for personal experiences.
A little background: I run my own Debian server, it has an AMD 3000+, 1.5GB of ram and 2 200GB SATA drives. The machine screams and all the applications I have hosted on it just fly.
My quandry: My DSL connection is getting saturated and I can't get any more speed where I live. So I've been looking around with hopes of uploading my sites and using my machine for development purposes.
Uploading my sites to a hosting provider will give me more bandwidth but I'm wondering if the dynamic nature of the sites could be hurt by the limitations of a shared or a virtual server.
Most of the VPS plans allocate a certain amount of memory per server, never gave it much thought before but could this be a limiting factor in say a CMS or forum app?
At this point, I'm just very confused and just wondering what others have come across.
I know Rickard used to host PunBB at his home before moving to Textdrive, so I'm hoping others have also followed similar paths and can share their experiences.