I have a shared hosting account that isn’t doing much at the moment, will it be enough to handle some low-volume POF traffic? My initial spend will be $50-$100 per day, I am looking to upgrade as soon as possible but I’m trying to keep the costs minimized until the funnel looks good.
I’d take 1 day’s worth of that $50-190 and invest it into a VPS
With shared hosting, you have 100’s of other customers on that same server. If any one of those other customers does something bad or gets a surge of traffic or something, it could bring down the whole server or hog all the resources, meaning your site could go down while you pay for traffic, or you could have long loading times. long loading times = less conversions, there’s a case study on this somewhere.
If your spending $50-190 day, I’d highly suggest a VPS
You might save some money at first with the shared hosting, but you could potentially lose money when your running paid traffic if there aren’t enough resources available at the time
edit: VPS is still shared, but a certain amount of resources on the server are isolated for you. There will always be RAM available.
dedicated: the whole damn server is yours. these are costly and you won’t need to upgrade to this until your doing serrrrioooouusssss volume.
Yup. Shared hosting is always, always a false economy in AM. It’s useful for other stuff, but not here. Get a VPS, or you risk wasting a few weeks’ worth of your $50-$100 spend.
Interestingly, dedicated servers aren’t always THAT expensive – check out https://www.hetzner.de/en/. 16Gb dedicated server for 49 EUR a month, for example.
You guys bring up a good point, I had never really looked at it in terms of ad spend, just more where I could keep the initial costs down. On an unrelated note, is there any good way to calculate or predict my bandwidth usage per month? I have never really found a good way to do that besides guess and check.
As the others said , I suggest investing in a decent VPS at least.
Hosting is very important , you don’t need another variable ( server losing clicks ) when optimizing campaigns.
You can get decent VPSs for pretty cheap if you dont’ want to spend much ( linode / gigenet cloud / amazon aws ).
Just did this. I don’t wanna run of the risk of testing on something that isn’t reliable! Might as well make the investment and do it right…we’ll look back and be happy about it!
@t0mmy – Unless you’re running video or absolutely massive campaigns, I wouldn’t worry about your bandwidth needs. Chances are you won’t go over the provisions of your VPS.
If you want to be sure, measure the total size of your web page (local files only), then multiply by the number of views you expect to get per month. That’ll give you a figure that’s basically as accurate as your guess on traffic would be.
For the kind of volume you’re talking about, $50-$100/day, I don’t think a VPS is going to make a major difference on ROI. You can get away with it on a traffic source like POF, whereas any kind of PPV traffic would be a definitely, absolute no-no.
The chances of something going wrong increase a lot when you’re using a cheap shared hosting package. And considering how cheap you can pick up a VPS these days, it’s gotta be worth the investment.
When I was getting started, I did everything on shared hosting and didn’t have any problems. But as I started to dabble in larger volumes of traffic (and campaigns that couldn’t be paused), having a private server was essential for both peace of mind and performance. As the other guys have mentioned, it’s just not worth introducing variables of your own making that could harm a campaign.
One thing to keep in mind with the VPS is that the lowest end ones barely run the OS. Many times a shared account gives you more computational power than the low end vps. I had from shared to dedicated for 10+ years now and I never seen value in running VPS.
@adrian – that’s generally not been my experience these days, although it may have been in the past. The cheapest DigitalOcean or Linode VPSes have plenty of headroom above the OS to run even moderately demanding applications.
Dedicated servers will definitely have more horsepower if you can afford it, though, absolutely.