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Following on from the thread about changing provider over here: https://forums.prodjex.com/topic/1450-looking-for-a-new-hosting-company

 

I'll probably be going with GoDaddy in the first instance, simply because they have a nice, stepped range of services I can try out without breaking the bank... and they just sent me a 15% discount on VPS, which is nice timing!

 

To be honest, the whole thing's a complete minefield: everywhere I look, the top 10 are different, the reviews are contradictory and every single provider gets a "best ever" and "worst ever" vote, pretty much on the same page. It really seems to be completely random, so I'm picking almost randomly.

 

Now... the next question is whether the choice of OS is going to make a significant difference. All VPS providers seem to offer two flavours of Linux and one of Windows. Since I'll be using cPanel and FTP for pretty much everything, does it really matter which way I go? Aren't they the same thing since I won't be installing or fiddling with stuff manually?

 

Thoughts appreciated.

 

(And please save the anti-Windows venom... I consider all OSs equal unless there's a real, significant difference and we all know there isn't when you're just using the system and not faffing around with it!)

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I think you will save some $ if you go with the Linux box correct? I like my CentOS box, there are a few things to learn, but once you get it down it's very easy to administer. And of course I'm here so you can ask any questions you might have.

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My VPS uses CentOS and as Nathan said it's pretty easy to administer. My VPS was set up to be pretty simple. I use Putty to SSH into it and it's really simple once you know the commands and such. :-) I would definitely go with a Linux box as it'll definitely be cheaper. You may be used to Windows and prefer it but you'll definitely be paying a LOT more for it.

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So... what will I need to know how to do?

 

All I care about is FTPing to the box to stuff things on there and cPanel for anything else (though I can't think of anything I need to do through that). Once the Drupal site's on there, it should all just run through the site admin screens in a browser, anyway. I don't see why I'd ever need to touch the server itself since I'm not the dev. :)

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Ah, you probably won't ever have to then.

 

Sometimes while working on things I will find when installing other plugins/software I have to enable somethings on the server. Which are done through easy apache or SSH. But if you are not the dev then I guess they would take care of it.

 

I also from time to time will check for updates to php/apache/mysql/centos thru SSH.

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If it's managed then you probably won't even know the difference, especially if cost is the same... If managing it yourself then you're going to be doing a lot of learning for either OS that you choose, that's if you want everything done properly and secure.

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I like Linux, CentOS more specifically. I've not really tried many other distributions, so I can't make a solid comparison. I've used Ubuntu on both a webserver and desktop environment, which was decent, although I still prefer how CentOS handles "things" on a webserver.

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