I've read some of the stuff here, and you guys seem very nice so I'm going to ask some questions. First of all I'm not a programmer at all. I've been running a vBulletin forum on a shared server since January. Prior to that I'd only messed with my personal website for uploading pictures and stuff. I use cPanel with my current host. I've figured out how to do most everything I've needed so far - but I'm supposedly out using my resources. They shut my site down for 12 hours the other day and sent me a message that included this information: Your account was suspended for a Terms of Service violation: Excessive MySQL/CPU use. A sample of the log is attached at the end of this message. Many times, excessive MySQL activity is caused by (a) a long-running process that locks a table, causing other queries to back up, (b) a query that is not optimized ][example: select all from ... and involving a large or complex query], (c) huge table copies/maintenance during peak hours. [[email protected] ~]# mysqladmin proc | grep databasename | 725 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 24 | | | | 732 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 11 | | | | 738 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 24 | | | | 739 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 1 | | | | 747 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 22 | | | | 752 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 22 | | | | 756 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 1 | | | | 757 | username| localhost | databasename | Sleep | 11 | | Forum: ~1300 members ~ 600 active ~40-50 concurrent - most ever ~90 Current Server situation: Subdomains 6 / unlimited Parked Domains 0 / 999 Addon Domains 0 / 999 MySQL Databases 2 / unlimited Disk Space Usage 597.63 Megabytes MySQL Disk Space 368.05 Megabytes Disk space available 4402.37 Megabytes Bandwidth (this month) 15278.30 Megabytes I'd like to stay with cPanel since that's what I'm familar with. My biggest concern is my level of inexperience. I've been researching hosting companies and one of them just told me this: So I have two questions for you: 1) do I still need to be familiar with Linux system administration to use *your* VPS and 2) if not, which level of service do you recommend based on my situation I want room to grow and add services to my forum...but I don't want to spend more than necessary. Oh, and how 'bout that summer special? I know I'm past the deadline, but that would really make my decision to go with you guys 100% easier!