You may have noticed that this blog has been down and acting a lot weirder for the past 5 hours or so. Reason is, I have just moved The Four-eyed Journal, along with two other blogs to my very first VPS web hosting account.
I signed up for ServInt’s Essential VPS for $49.00 USD a month. Thanks to a coupon code, I got a 50% off discount for three months of managed VPS hosting. This allowed me to throw in cPanel/WHM option as this is the control panel I am most familar of using when it comes to managing the back end of my web hosting accounts.
The basic features of the package I got are:
- 50 GB Storage UPGRADED
- 30 GB Storage
- 1 TB Monthly Transfer
- 768 MB Guaranteed (1.5 GB Burst RAM)
- Hardware RAID 10
- CentOS 5 Operating System
- 4 IP Addresses
- Unlimited Domains and User Accounts
- FREE cPanel, Plesk, or Parallels SBP
- FREE Virtuozzo Power Panel
- FREE Daily Off-Server Backups
Fantastic ServInt support
The migration started at around last midnight, but most of the hard work were done by ServInt’s awesome support team. They moved all three blogs that I wanted to host on the VPS account from the shared hosting accounts I currently use.
Jaypee and other ServInt customers were right, their customer support were available 24/7, very knowledgeable and felt like they were buddies of mine. Being a completely newbie to virtual private server hosting, they made the migration and transition an experience well worth the money.
I’m not saying it was easy, for I had a few problems with this blog in particular. After the ServInt support team completed the migration, it was just supposed to be a simple matter of pointing my .com.ph domain to my VPS’s custom name servers and wait for the DNS propagation to complete.
I screwed up WordPress
Lo and behold, the front page loaded fine but the permalinks were broken and some of the plugins had permission problems with the server. It was mainly my fault because the WordPress installed via Fantastico was version 3.0 while the database from old hosting account was exported out of WP 3.0.1 and I forgot to upgrade the default installation before restoring the database and plugins which broke the site.
I started from scratch, uninstalling and re-installing WordPress via Fantastico again but had another problem with the auto-upgrade feature. It turned out that I needed the suPHP module to be installed on the VPS for it to function seamlessly. Once more, ServInt’s fantastic support came to my rescue and configured everything.
The second start-from-scratch was the last for the upgrade to WP 3.0.1 was problem-free and the restoration of the theme files, plugins and database also went hitch-free.
So now, you’re reading this post from a VPS-powered blog. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the page loads have improved considerably. The next thing to do is to closely monitor the server resources usage to see where I can fine tune and optimize this VPS.
Why I moved
As most of my blogging friends know, I had been to a number of shared web hosting providers before. The strange thing is, or maybe it’s just a bit of bad luck, after an average of six months, I get frustrated because of frequent and lengthy downtimes. It would have been understandable if this blog were among the highly-trafficked sites on the net but no, this is just your average blog. So paying for cheap web hosting is no longer made sense if you get so many headaches and problems from it.
Now don’t get me wrong, WPWebHost is a respectable host. It’s just that their support sucks and last month’s frequent down times just pushed me to the edge.
A VPS hosting account would give me much more peace of mind and the capabilities to focus on growing my blogs instead of worrying about downtimes. I’m sure some of you are all too familiar with this story. So if ever you’ve decided to move to a VPS hosting, give ServInt a try. They offer pretty decent specs for a reasonable price. But their awesome 24/7 customer support is definitely worth every penny.