I'm currently setting up wordpress multisite on my existing site Link removed at members request with a view to having an online marketplace of sellers of dog products. Each seller gets their own subdomain/subdirectory to use for their products, and there is also going to be a central place where all of these products display.
My questions are in regard to hosting. I am currently with hostgator, but I can see that to upgrade to a vps or dedicated server with them is quite costly in comparison to others. For that reason I'm looking at alternatives for when I have a few stores on the site and my hostgator shared hosting can no longer cope with this.
Please can you help me with the following;
1. What do you believe I will need once I have a few hundred stores on my site? How many will a vps cope with (I'm not even sure what vps really is). How much will vps cost me a month. At what point will I need to move from shared hosting to a vps?
2. At what point will I have to move from vps to dedicated server? How many stores do you estimate this will take to affect vps hosting? And when I do have to move to a dedicated server eventually, how much will that then cost me per month (just an idea will do, I've only ever had shared hosting).
Please note, at the moment I can cope with the hosting I have, but I can see this won't be for long (to know how long exactly would be interesting) if I am successful at generating new business.
I need to know the ins and outs and potential costs now so I can work out the business model as a whole and work out whether the store will be profitable. I don't want to go into this if at the end of it all I'm paying as much out for hosting as the stores are making me per month! :slight_smile:
Thanks for your advice.