Okay I did some more research into slicehost and spoke with people
regarding that site:
The good news is they have a good article foundation for setting up
However, each slice (vps) is bare bones and has to be setup completely
from scratch. This means that they have absolutely nothing on them.
You have to setup your SSH, firewall, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Ruby etc. all
from scratch. In addition, they use 64-bit slices so this adds another
piece into the puzzle. However, you can always add ia32-libs to work
SSH is installed otherwise you cant ssh to their server. Apache, PHP, MySQL and Ruby are installed also. Firewall is also installed. These things come standard with most linux distribution nowadays.
I have never had any trouble regarding the 64 bit. With Mosso there is a very good documentation on installing and configuring the server. Slicehost also has a fairly detailed documentation.
with 32-bit apps on 64-bit…
They also do not have cpanel or plesk to manage your vps. They use
another type of manager (slice manager) to manage your vps. If you need
to get Cpanel it’s a monthly charge for the license. You can still
setup plesk for free though…
I dont run a hosting company, so I never felt the need for cpanel, havent been a big fan of cpanel or plesk either. I use their DNS system to add my domain names. Slice Manager is quite good. What I like most is their backup service where I can backup a whole image of my system and restore it whenever I want. It also keeps weekly and daily backups automatically. Slicehost charges an extra $5/month but Rackspace does it for free at the moment. So same server slicehost sells for $20+$5 ($25) can cost about $13 with rackspace.
I’m still going to look into the others and take my time. I just wanted
to update this topic in case someone runs through here and finds it and
reads my notes for what I discovered.
For those of you using slicehost, can you confirm or add to any of my
notes and/or provide some of your own experiences with setup? Did you
find it very difficult? How about porting over sites from another
webhost to slicehost.
As I said, I dont use slicehost for hosting. I must admit with just 256mb ram and a slice of the CPU it might not be the most ideal if you run a heavy site. You might be better off with a dedicated server and do your own backup.
Hope this helps.