I don't see a forum for non-functional queries, so here goes:
I rent a managed Linux VPS that hosts our blog and forum because I am not a Linux admin and know sod all about Linux admin. But I plan to start learning because you get far more bang for your buck with VPS hosters in general, if you can admin your server.
Meanwhile, may I ask:
1 – You SPF guys use VPS.net and I like their instant reconfig approach. What config do you use to host the SPF site?
2 – Until I achieve Linux admin capability (probably 24 months), is there anybody interested in low level admin? Like applying patches, responding to one query per week etc. If so, please PM me with your (very reasonable) monthly fee and services offered.
yes, we use VPS.net and are really happy with it... I am not sure what you mean about config we use, but that might be because we signed up quite a while ago...
hopefully some one will come back to you on the linux admin... you could also look at vps.net managed support - they will do all that for you...
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The reason I asked, Steve, is because your SPF site appears to suffer from the same frequent sluggishness as our SPF forum. Today, at about lunchtime, UK time, it took approx 2 minutes to access this forum - "waiting for http://www.simple-press.com"
I eventually tried killing the session and connecting again, twice over. Eventually it worked and I got in but soon abandoned it because response times were too slow.
So, I know what our VPS provides in terms of memory (< 1GB), but not CPU power, and I know that WP Super Cache has papered over many of the cracks on our blog site (probably inefficient plugins, although we have abandoned the prime stats suspects). Now I want to try throwing more processing power at SPF to see if that eases things. It's not a busy forum with max 24 concurrent users ever, so I am at a loss to understand where the problem may lie.
I am opting for a VM (Xen) with 2GB dedicated memory and decent CPU punch, rather than another VPS.
So I wanted to compare your VPS config with mine so that I could gauge the likely VM requirements.
I guess I havent seen the sluggishness except on rare occasions... but I am located fairly close to the server, so perhaps thats a factor?
If you are referring to VPS.net, we are running with 10 nodes (we have close to 2 dozen other sites running on the same vps besides simple:press) which they equate to about 6 Ghz of cpu and 3.7 GB of RAM...
given all the other stuff we have hanging on the vps, its going to be hard to be representative though SP is probably the busiest of the other sites.
which version of SP are you using? some folks have reported slowness issues due to how some servers were responding to loading of local avatars (off server http requests to get avatars were much faster - which is quite odd)... In version 4.3, we have attempted to put a change in place to make that local avatar grabbing faster.