Finding a host(s)

Big on Hosting. Unlimited Space & Unlimited Bandwidth

I have two mostly text sites that used to get 40-60,000 visitors a month and even after I haven’t touched them in 6 years, still pull about 2-3,000. The plan is to updat and add another 8 sites, all heavy content, and this time around more pictures (including allowing visitors to post). While I don’t expect more than 100,000 visitors each at max, a couple sites might have the potential to
just take off.

I’m a content guy, so I need hosting that is reliable, stable, and scalable (just in case) while I wrestle with learning WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and who knows what else. (Current sites of 2800 and 4800 pages were built in Frontpage, mostly now updated offline in DWCS6).

While most hosts seem to focus on bandwidth & storage, my reading indicates most people run into problems with core and cpu usage, at which point my eyes glaze over, except to note the CMS’s seem to take up a lot of those resources.

What I’d like is a host that would let me know when I’m getting close on resources, notify me if I go over, give me the option to move up instead of shutting me down, and make the transition relatively painless. Also, can someone explain why hosts that special in WordPress charge so much more for less storage & bandwidth than sites that offer it as an install from a library?

For pricing, wpengine is too expensive, until I know the potential. What I’m thinking is a couple of shared hosts in the $10-$20 range.

In the running at this point are siteground, liquidweb, 247-host, arvixe, & stablehost.

Any tips, recommendations, or warnings? Won’t go near any EIG hosts

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