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I've been using Hostmonster for probably 10 years to host my simple personal site and other random projects that come up.  Shared hosting is a convenient thing and is a great solution for people that want a normal website.

Unfortunately, I'm done with shared hosting. I went looking for a new place to host because one of my friends' vBulletin sites is 6 years old and has a 600MB database because of vBulletin's crazy datastore method.  It uses the database to store files... which is terrible.  Hostmonster limited my account and told me to move that site somewhere else since they claimed it was affecting the performance of other sites on the server.  This is hard to believe, because the site in question is extremely low traffic and the only thing it would have affected is Hostmonster's backup speed.

I've managed a number of Linux dedicated servers at this point in my life as a web developer, so I was perfectly fine with a self-managed VPS solution.  I just didn't want to invest time to get it set up.  I had heard of DigitalOcean before, so I decided to give them a try.  I went with an Ubuntu LAMP stack to host Drupal, vBulletin, and other custom PHP sites. Installing was smooth with DigitalOcean's in-depth guides for Ubuntu, properly securing the VPS, and getting things like PHPMyAdmin running.  Taking Snapshots of a Droplet is easy, and pricing is very competitive.  You get a SSD-hosted cloud Droplet with 20GB of space for $5 a month, which is dirt cheap.  This site is faster than it ever was on DigitalOcean's platform.

Interested in giving it a shot?  Sign up with my DigitalOcean referral link!

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