Our blog (www.technomadia.com) has grown substantially - to the point that we are getting nearly 30k unique visitors a month.
We have seemingly outgrown the shared hosting we have with Dreamhost - our site now frequently seems to get server errors and it can be extremely sluggish at time.
Dreamhost tried to push us to their VPS service, but when I tried it and sized to the smaller memory slices the site would run out of memory constantly and get restarted. Even a 1GB slice occasionally had memory errors, and only at 2GB were things mostly stable. Dreamhost's VPS does not swap, and does not fail gracefully when memory gets tight.
And even when it was working - the VPS was not any faster than our site on the shared server.
We are willing to pay more for stability and performance - but going from $10/mo to $100/mo is not reasonable.
So.... I'm looking for advice...
Where could we migrate to in the $25/mo or less range to get better hosting? What are the best options? Will other VPS experiments be just as spectacularly bad as Dreamhost's for running Wordpress?
How can we begin to optimize our site to better deal with the load?
We've hit a wall and Dreamhost doesn't give Wordpress specific help, so we've joined WPMU and are looking to get some expert advice to point us in the right direction for where / what next.
I'm looking forward to taking our blog to the next level.
- Chris (and Cherie) // http://www.technomadia.com