Several years ago STH grew to the size that AWS hosting became too expensive. One of the largest drivers here is that AWS outbound bandwidth is expensive: ~$0.09 per GB at the time of this writing. If you host your own videos, then that will cost a ton. If you have an image-heavy site like STH, then you are still going to start seeing large bandwidth costs. You can see our “Falling from the Sky” series on how we saved just shy of $10,000 on hosting costs by self-hosting between 2013 and 2015. Since then, our savings have been even greater.
We have had several iterations and plenty of time to do things both well and poorly. As a result, we wanted to share our hardware guide to dedicated WordPress server hardware.
These tips will help you get started with WordPress hosting hardware without overpaying for hardware or buying something you will regret later.