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Discussion in 'Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting' started by Mike121, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Mike121

    Mike121 New Member

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    Right now I'm running one site on a VPS with a 2 core CPU and 2Gb RAM. The other site is running on a VPS with a 2 core CPU and 4Gb RAM.

    My question is, considering the price is the same, do you all think I'd be better off combining both sites into a single VPS with a 6 core CPU and 8Gb RAM, or would you recommend just sticking with what I've got?

    I'm thinking I might get a performance boost from moving to a single site, but I wasn't sure so wanted to get some opinions from folks who may already know the answer.
     
  2. Jon Snow

    Jon Snow Active Member

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    Nginx 1.13.9
    MariaDB 10.1.31
    If the servers are using Nginx Centminmod, it might be best to do 1 server per site if we're looking at security. Although I would go with the larger spec server for the two sites if it comes up to the same price, but I'd want 2 separate IPs.

    That way if there's a spike in traffic on one site while the other one is deadish, I wouldn't run into (much) issues.
     
  3. Mike121

    Mike121 New Member

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    To be honest, I didn't really even know what Centminmod was until yesterday, and never tried Nginx. The larger spec server, as you call it, is actually cheaper than what I'm paying for 2 separate servers. It would really just be me upgrading one of the servers, and moving the other site over to it. Getting another IP is something I'd have to ask my host about. I'm not even sure if that's something they allow.

    Thanks for your reply!
     
  4. deltahf

    deltahf Premium Member Premium Member

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    As with most sever recommendations, the answer is, frustratingly, "it depends". It depends on what kind of workloads the sites put on different levels of the stack, like PHP and the database, how much memory their applications use, etc.

    Ignoring those things, if security between the two sites is not a concern, I would say go with the single server. I like to keep maintenance simple, and if you only have to keep track of one server, it makes your life easier and will take you less time.