Dedicated Server Woes
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:28 AM
However, I'm a little intimidated by the thought of having to set everything up myself (Apache, Firewall, PHP, MySQL, etc.) on an operating system I've never touched: Linux. I want to learn, but I also want to launch this website in a reasonable amount of time without too much ongoing hassle. I also am scared I won't be able to secure it correctly (e-commerce on the website), as I'm so new to it all.
So my question is this: is it worth it? My priority is speed and security, not necessarily low-level control. Thanks for any help!
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:22 AM
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:33 AM
So my question is this: is it worth it? My priority is speed and security, not necessarily low-level control.
Definitely not worth it.
If you were an expert in the field and it were your primary role, then dedicated can be more secure and faster. But lacking experience and not being a priority means just about any free/cheap managed host will offer more for less.
It might be worthwhile to think in general direction, but going on your own for sake of security and speed will deliver none. If anything, you'll discover a world of endless obscure errors if you're lucky. If not, you won't even know they exist and that 1/4 of your visitors experience random errors.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:09 AM
Having a dedicated machine doesn't necessarily mean better performance and security. This all depends on the hardware, the setup, the network etc. However, if it makes sense for your project, you can ask your host about the possibility of renting fully managed dedicated servers.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:58 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about setup - whenever you buy a server (either VPS or Dedicated), it will be configured for you, and PHP, Apache, MySQL etc will already be installed. Although it might be worth learning how to install / configure it, as one day you may wish to upgrade or reconfigure it.
Although I would suggest setting up a linux server at home first, so that you can experiment and learn without affecting your love site.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
You get full root access, and if you (unlikely) use a lot more resources, you'll just get charged some tiny amount for the actual overage (like $0.15/GB of bandwidth).
If you are more worried about launching your site than learning new skills, though, it's a complete waste of time. Learning how to go from a clean box to a working web server is going to take a while. Heck, even figuring out how to SSH into a remote server can take a bit for someone new.