We have a dedicated server with Liquidweb. Have to say. It's incredibly rock-solid. Expensive, but soo worth it if u want to capitalize on your traffic. If you have a decent ad/monetization plan in place for your site, dedicated practically pays for itself.
We get average 8,000 unique's/day
can peak at 25,000 unique's/day depending on season
We went from a $5/month plan with Bluehost.
Outgrew that quickly, moved to Liquidweb for their upward growth capabilities.
Went to LiquidWeb's shared service initially. Almost crashed their massive shared server. They shutoff our site temporarily so that it didn't take down the 300+ sites that were on the same server.
Moved onto a VPS, almost crashed that as well. Same situation.
Now on a fully dedicated server and is soooo worth it. Extremely fast and can handle ALOT of traffic.
After going through all types of accounts. I've come to the conclusion that VPS's are the biggest waste of $$.
Its just a glorified shared server with more admin control. Sure they only share the VPS with 9+ other VPS accounts, but of the 9 acccounts, there could be 100+ websites on one VPS account.
And you get LESS resources for your database driven site.
You are better off sticking with a standard shared account or moving straight to a dedicated plan.
Liquidweb's tier 1 connection is extremely fast.
Some friends were on GoDaddy...i had to help them migrate their site.. it's awful..god awful service. more like no service.