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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

We're going to be launching an app that we believe will ultimately generate a couple thousand page views a day, but on day one it's gonna be close to zero.

What I'm trying to figure out is how we can access our minimum hosting requirements. It's a PHP app on the CodeIgniter framework that uses PrinceXML to produce PDFs.

Does it 'generally' make sense to start on virtual dedicated server rather than the cloud? Is there a way to access whether our server will need 2GB or 4GB things like that?

I can find my way around Plesk, but I have near zero experience with Linux or cloud hosting and trying to learn as much as I can before we launch/

Any advice as to the best way to approach this will be greatly appreciated.

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marked as duplicate by John Conde Mar 11 '12 at 22:50

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I use media temple, like a number of similar providers, rackspace for example.

With a DV box from MT I can add additional RAM, processors, and disk space as needed (sub 1 hour lead time), I can even upgrade the plan on the fly to handle increases in traffic.

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