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Topic # 191690 12-Feb-2016 14:47
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Hi,

 

 

 

Currently using Hostmonster VPS for last 3 years.

 

Not much issue so far, except the webpage come up slow time to time and horrible chat support.

 

We have no dedicated server admin, never needed so far.

 

Used 500MB on /var/lib/mysql and 1.9GB on webpage folders on 1 shopping cart and 2 simple webpages on different domain.

 

2GB RAM / AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6376 2.3Ghz single core

 

Paying USD 329.88 yearly.

 

Just wondering would it be better to use VPS in NZ for service and speed to the customers?

 

It's mostly for Prestashop site and customers are all in NZ

 

Please advise is there any company / plan would you recommend and whether they can support migration. It's using cPanel.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1491170 12-Feb-2016 14:54
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You could host in AWS in Sydney, but that's probably higher effort than a simple VPS in NZ. You're responsible for more, but you get more control as well. There's essentially no support though, not like a web host tends to offer.

 

There are multiple threads about this, including this one, this one, and this one.





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  Reply # 1491173 12-Feb-2016 15:00
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In my opinion, if you want NZ-based go with Sitehost. But if you can live with Sydney-based then go with Vultr.

 

www.sitehost.co.nz

 

www.vultr.com

 

 




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  Reply # 1491187 12-Feb-2016 15:18
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timmmay:

 

You could host in AWS in Sydney, but that's probably higher effort than a simple VPS in NZ. You're responsible for more, but you get more control as well. There's essentially no support though, not like a web host tends to offer.

 

There are multiple threads about this, including this one, this one, and this one.

 

 

Thank you timmmay, checked few companies Vultr said can't help with migration. RansomIT said I might need cPanel license.

 

 


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  Reply # 1491219 12-Feb-2016 15:34
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Checkout ZappieHost for a good cheap Auckland Provider. Have their own servers in HD's datacentre and give good allocations of Space/Data. If you keep an eye on their Twitter you can often pick up a 50% reoccurring special. I've been using one of their 1g VPS's for a good 6 months+ for NS/Mail/Other (not webhosting/MySql) and have had no issues yet. IIRC the owner is a Kiwi fella who lived overseas for years and recently returned to NZ (? not sure where I read that but I've always had good dealings with him).

 

You can pickup a Cpanel VPS licence for around $12-15 USD from resellers if you need one of those.


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  Reply # 1491284 12-Feb-2016 17:13
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Cpanel is just a gui, you can do everything using ssh and vi - it may just be slightly tricker, but it's not that hard. I have no sys admin experience and I just set up my own websites on AWS, and I wrote a fairly lengthy tutorial about it.





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  Reply # 1491288 12-Feb-2016 17:25
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timmmay:

 

Cpanel is just a gui, you can do everything using ssh and vi - it may just be slightly tricker, but it's not that hard. I have no sys admin experience and I just set up my own websites on AWS, and I wrote a fairly lengthy tutorial about it.

 

 

Yeah I agree on that. The problem is that the existing VPS is based on cPanel and migrate it to non-cPanel VPS seems very tricky for these VPS providers.

 

One asking $150 for one-time job and it gonna be un-managed, the other asking $40 with buy a cPanel licence $20/month along with it.

 

Wouldn't mind much paying $150 for good migration job though.

 

 


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  Reply # 1491343 12-Feb-2016 19:17
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Shin:

 

timmmay:

 

Cpanel is just a gui, you can do everything using ssh and vi - it may just be slightly tricker, but it's not that hard. I have no sys admin experience and I just set up my own websites on AWS, and I wrote a fairly lengthy tutorial about it.

 

 

Yeah I agree on that. The problem is that the existing VPS is based on cPanel and migrate it to non-cPanel VPS seems very tricky for these VPS providers.

 

One asking $150 for one-time job and it gonna be un-managed, the other asking $40 with buy a cPanel licence $20/month along with it.

 

Wouldn't mind much paying $150 for good migration job though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Migrating from Cpanel to Cpanel takes 1 minute to setup and half an hour for the automated scripts to do. Unless you need custom modules etc installed than you can do exactly what 95% of these places do yourself if using Cpanel. Migrating from Cpanal to LAMP is a touch trickier but considering the sizes of your data really wouldn't be too hard to do yourself. The big thing would be setting up your LAMP correctly. You could even use something like Webmin/Usermin or VestaCP which are free (there are many tutorials out there detailing how to transfer from Cpanel to these).

 

If you can spare the $12-20 a month to get a Cpanel licence than do it IMHO. Sure you can do it all using SSH/VI etc but its a lot easier and more automated to use Cpanel. I've been managing Linux servers for 15 odd years now and I use Cpanel for my own servers for the convenience factor and because I hate having to remember where X config file is etc.

 

Instead of moving can you use something like Cloudflare to speed up your current sites loading time and avoid the hassle?

 

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  Reply # 1491351 12-Feb-2016 19:40
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Shin:

 

timmmay:

 

Cpanel is just a gui, you can do everything using ssh and vi - it may just be slightly tricker, but it's not that hard. I have no sys admin experience and I just set up my own websites on AWS, and I wrote a fairly lengthy tutorial about it.

 

 

Yeah I agree on that. The problem is that the existing VPS is based on cPanel and migrate it to non-cPanel VPS seems very tricky for these VPS providers.

 

One asking $150 for one-time job and it gonna be un-managed, the other asking $40 with buy a cPanel licence $20/month along with it.

 

Wouldn't mind much paying $150 for good migration job though.

 

 

I would consider $150 pretty cheap. It could be many hours of work, depending on the sites, the databases, etc. Update - though maybe it's quick.

 

I guess cpanel is worth $20 a month to remove some basic admin tasks.

 

Yes, CloudFlare can accelerate many sites. It took one of my websites from 10 seconds to load to closer to 3 seconds. PM me if you need a hand, I can offer advice and I do small business tech support as a side thing.





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  Reply # 1510156 9-Mar-2016 21:19
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I've worked with them before:
http://www.hostingnow.co.nz/

They're the same company which are the biggest importers of ex lease servers into NZ, so they really know their technical stuff.





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