PHP memory for WPMU

I'm doing a research about which company I should choose for hosting, and in future moving to virtual personal servers and then maby dedicated if necesairy...
I'm gonna have a network of sites along with Buddypress.

I checked different hosting companies and I found out that I don't have to be botherd about bandwidth and storage cause most of them they give ulimited amount. The thing i need to be aware of is how much php memory I can have an acces to, in order to run my servis.

I came up with my 3 main choices:
1. HostGator up to 256mb php memory
2. BlueHost up to 128mb php memory
3. DreamHost (don't know yet)
This is all for shared hosting (good for the beginning)

I'm trying to think ahead as much as I possible, and theoreticly if I would like to moove to personal hosting I found the best option with DreamHost http://dreamhost.com/servers/vps/
cause you choose your plan based on php memory. This is the only one were you still have unlimited space and bandwidth.
Has anybody have/had any experience with DreamHost? Do you think it might be a good choice (thinking long term)?
Does anybody have an experience how much bandwidth and especially php memory can be consumed when having (lets exaggerate) around 40 plugins and lets say 100 sites within a network.
Any advice articles or link will be helpfull. I'm trying to visualize the bussiness in order to plan some moves.

  • Kruzen
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    Why not get a VPS and control it yourself? http://www.linode.com

    They help out a lot in getting things set up and even have some automated scripts to get everything going for you. I have two linodes right now and host about 80 sites across the two of them, including two multisite installs with about 100 sites each

  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings szymonfortuna,

    I found out that I don't have to be botherd about bandwidth and storage cause most of them they give ulimited amount.

    I see another victim of the BIG marketing sales pitch lie. Just try and upload a Terabyte to one of these so called "unlimited plans" and watch how fast they either 1 - shut you down or 2 - tell you that you need to upgrade to xyz plan - and the same with Bandwidth, use enough and they will shut you down yesterday, this is the plain and simple truth of the matter.

    Buyer beware! There is a limit to everything.

    Lets take Host Gator for example, http://www.hostgator.com/shared.shtml Why do they offer any other plans? Why offer a VPS limiting these exact claimed unlimited features then including allocated RAM?

    Now for the task at hand, the memory allocated for php is controlled by the php.ini file which you may be able to use your own if it is allowed by the host to be set in your sites root directory.

    Thank you for being a WPMU Dev Member!

    Cheers, Joe

  • szymonfortuna
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Thanks for the info. I had a chat with hosgator stuff member and he said there are no limitations to the space but there is to number of files that are uploaded. Ineed it's tricky. On the other hand in the http://dreamhost.com/servers/vps/ terms of service they say that they literally don't have limits. You just adjust vps in terms of memory. It seems they have better offer than http://www.linode.com . Your advice is very important thanks for all the information. By the way, is there anobody else that had some experience with http://dreamhost.com?

  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings szymonfortuna,

    Tricky indeed - and Dreamhost knows that as you build up your site(s) the more RAM they will use as their functions progress.

    As a matter of fact their 4GB VPS is higher cost then many dedicated servers!

    I am not telling you which way to go of course, but just trying to make you aware of all the intricacies of hosting and aware of the BIG unlimited scam - which you have found out - they all have their limits one way or another and the reality thereof.

    Cheers, Joe

  • szymonfortuna
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    I get your point, I compared VPS and dedicated servers at http://dreamhost.com and indeed if I had servis which needs around 4gb of memory but would take less than 500gb of space, then the dedicated server is half price comepering to VPS. All factor count for choosing best options. Thanks alot for opening my eyes !!!! :slight_smile:

    Just last question. Hav you had any experience with dreamhost just in terms of quaility of their product (technicly) excluding price.
    Are there any other companies worth checking besides those mantioned abvove?

    Thanks very much !!!

  • Kruzen
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    I've had relatively bad experiences with dreamhost. Latency issues, trouble with solid support, limitations on the product. I used to be with them and switched all my sites to linode awhile back and have been nothing but happy

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