Should upgrade?

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I’m thinking of upgrading the website to a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

This would/should increase the overall stability since the site gets its own resources instead of sharing them with other websites.

Moving to a VPS will probably cost me a bit more than my current hosting plan (depending on the amount of memory & CPU the site needs), so I figured I’d first ask you, the reader, to rate the website speed as it is right now.

Update: the votes are in!

  • Great, no complaints here! — 65%
  • OK, but a bit slow sometimes — 29%
  • This page took ages to load, so typical! — 6%

Seems most of you were satisfied with the performance so I’ll leave things the way they are for now. Those 6% who had to wait a long time for the page to load may encourage me to upgrade after all by injecting some cash into my hosting account here ^_^

Thanks for your input!

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  • Hey Ronnie,

    so far i never had any trouble with your site. The feeds are always there – so is the uptime (afaik).

    Very often VPS configurations aren’t much better than small hosting packages. Imho, it’s often that there are other problems i.e. with software installation and such. Depends on the hosting partner, i guess.

  • Mr. Tunes

    i mainly read this blog through Google Reader, so it always seems fine to me. when i pop in to comment, it’s always up and working. may i ask what the poll software you are using on this post is?

  • Beatman

    I’ve never had any real issues with this site.
    I don’t see a thousand AD’S adding to load time.
    How much speed is really needed?

    If it’s not broke… well, you know the rest!

  • Thanks for voting and commenting guys.

    @Mr. Tunes – The poll is a wordpress plug-in from lesterchan, found here:

  • SkankinFranklin

    The server you have now is ok. Sure, everyone once in a while a page hangs for a few seconds as it’s loading, but nothing objectionable. In upgrading to VPS hosting, you would have to project a significant increase in hits to justify the cost. I say stay with your current host, it’s not like you’re aiming to be the next slashdot, digg or reddit, music software news is a much smaller market than those. Unless you want to challenge KVR for their market, then I’d so go for it.

    In other words: unless you’re going to change the website to attract significantly more users (like adding user forums, and making the site much more commercial) stay with your current host.

    You’ve got a good website exactly as it stands now, and I think most people realize that you’re not financially situated to give the split-second response time of google or cnn (ha ha), so we’ll cut you some slack if a page loads slowly on occasion. But whatever you choose, I just want to say thanks for a great website. The only thing I don’t like is posts about CD (& MP3) music releases… stick to music making software/hardware news, not news about somebody’s obscure crappy boring techno album release (there’s other, better & more appropriate, sites for that stuff… which I avoid like the plague, btw, cos I’m interested in making my own music not listening to someone elses).

  • Thanks SkankinFranklin. I think I’ll stick with the way thing are now and see how it goes. It does indeed cost quite a bit more to get things on a VPS and I’m not convinced it’s worth the money at this point.

    Re the posts about CD releases, I usually stick them in my random posts so it’s easy to skip reading those I guess. I used to post all lot more random stuff actually, so you can be happy it’s obscure crappy boring techno album releases now instead of the latest Iconfactory freebies or some bent sculptures ^_^

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