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Re: 'Virtual Private Servers' - Advice, recollections and recommendations requested

Quoting Rich Rudnick <nickrud@verizon.net>:

> So here are the first few questions. Direct answers, pointers to
> relevant FM's and better questions welcome:
> 1.  Reputable providers: Who do you use that you would recommend? UML
> seems acceptable, since our load will be almost minuscule to begin with.
> At least one static ip is a must.
I recently took over managing my church's website.  The site is hosted
at www.nomonthlyfees.com.  I think they run RedHat 7.3 with cPanel, but
they offer ssh access, static IP, unlimited subdomains and emails, etc.
Their tech support is also very good.  They have been responding very
quickly to all my queries.  Their plans are $70-$100/yr.

> 2.  How do I get a grip on potential traffic volume? I'm sure there's a
> formula out there somewhere that I can plug some numbers into that will
> give me an approximation. This really is a shoe-string non-profit and I
> don't want to buy more than we really need, but if I find good deal I
> want to be reasonably comfortable I won't run into surcharges for excess
> traffic later on.
The hosting provider I mention above offers 600 MB space and 25 GB/month
(for the $70 plan) or 800 MB space and 35 GB/month (for the $100 plan).
That should be plenty for most any organization.

> 3.  Instant messaging: I don't use it, have never investigated it, and
> know nothing. I will investigate, but a few signposts would be welcome.
Can't help you here.

-Roberto Sanchez

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