New Managed Server Ordered

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 20, 2009
Updated • Nov 30, 2012

Ghacks has been running on the same server for more than a year now. The server it is running on is provided by German company Hetzner who offer a fantastic deal for the money (€49 for a 4 Gigabyte server with everything that is needed to run websites that have a lot of traffic). A recent traffic increase (god knows where that came from) has slowed down the website a bit and I finally made the decision to hunt for a new dedicated server that would add the extra bang for the buck.

A lot of research should go into such a decision and that's what I did. One tip that I would like to pass on is to take a look at the dedicated server forum over at Webhostingtalk. Web hosting companies post special offers in that forum that will give you benefits such as double bandwidth, server memory or discounts on the price.

My business partner and I moved our Windows 7 website recently from a hosting company in the UK to Wiredtree in the US using one of the discounts found in the forum to get a great managed server for a good price and absolute reliable and fast support.

I decided to do the same and order a managed server at Wiredtree. Here is what I got for the yearly price of $2315.8 (second year will be $199 less due to setup costs which would reduce the price of the server by $25 per month for its lifetime which means it pays of after eight months). I got a deal with double server memory, bandwidth and a discount of $70.

Intel Core i7
Primary Disk:250GB 7.2k RPM SATAII 16MB Cache

Plan is to add another server with a faster hard drive (raid I suppose) that will run the database eventually. The server is currently setup by the Wiredtree support team who will also handle the migration of the website. It could mean some downtime in the next days but the website will definitely benefit from the new server with speed improvements.


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  1. Martin said on July 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Marcus: I decided to go with a managed server this time to save time ;)

  2. Everton said on July 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    WiredTree are a great host-they do so much stuff in terms of support that I’m sure they are not supposed to do, and their response times are very consistent

  3. Marcus said on July 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Martin, why didn’t you go with the new i7 root servers from Hetzner? I’m looking into buying one so I’m interested.

  4. netking said on July 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    gosh, why didn’t you look at french offers ? they are unbeatable…

    example :

    You have 2×1 Tera HD in Raid, unlimited bandwith, 8 cores of processing power and, believe me, it’s a very good provider…

    They can even build you a multiserver failover system if needed :-)

  5. Rarst said on July 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm


    I actually need to write less, maybe then I’ll have at last some time to leverage that piled up Google authority for some shameless SEO posts. :)

    1. Martin said on July 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm

      get some guest bloggers :)

  6. Rarst said on July 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I strongly suspect I will die of old age before my blog will neds THAT much of hardware. :)

    grats on traffic boost. :)

    1. Martin said on July 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm

      You need to write more, and do some SEO Mondays ;)

  7. rruben said on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations with growing to a new server!

    I have also transfered my websites, but to a virtual private server. It’s cheaper, but I also don’t need the power you need for this website.

    Keep growing ;)

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