Whatever hosting we get needs to have good support, be scalable, and be relatively cheap. We need to be able to spin servers up and down under load and save as much money as possible.
Last semester our site got slammed when we had a shooting on campus that turned into a national story. We had 8,080 visits and 16,469 pageviews, which was the one time in my entire life I was happy to be on College Publisher. So this level of traffic is basically our doomsday scenario. Average mid-week traffic is closer to 5 to 600-something visits with 2 pageviews per visit.
Of course the hope is to increase the average, but that's where we're at now.
So far people have recommended Slicehost, Web Faction, and Rackspace Cloud. What do you all think?
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I'd recommend either WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache for caching. They're both easy to integrate. Being careful with the plugins you install is also a good way to keep performance fast.
Andrew Spittle | andrewspittle.net