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Thoughts on need of shared vs un- and managed VPS

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I have just started out as a part time web designer. I have a couple of clients coming up and wish to find the host most suitable for my need. I want to start out on the best tracks. Learn from those who have failed before. Least hassle in a potential migration, upgrade, with the least worry on down-time and going down a deep scary road which will be hard to get out of.

I grabbed an amazing deal from Dreamhost, on shared hosting, when I just began, but then I went back and forth thinking about if It was great enough.

Then I stumbled upon VPS. I’ve recently created an account at DigitalOcean, tampered a couple of hours with some tutorials and stuff. I think it was great, and I even learnt some basic mysql, ssh and apache. I’ve never touched those things before. I even installed Serverpilot which is a nice “automated” server management, with integrated monitoring. All as a secure control panel.

But then it struck me, do I really want to spend time with all the configuring and managing the back-end. (For what I understood, everything beyond the hardware is my responsibility) Or should I try to provide the best experience for my clients, designing and building websites and ultimately meeting their needs? Doing everything is too time-consuming. In the end, that is what matters.

I’ve read a little about WPengine, but it’s kinda costly, even for 1 site. Although, I guess that’s one of the potential services I could use. Any suggestion on what kind of provider that would suit the need of a web designer/site developer just starting out.


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