My fellow admin and I are down to the point where we need to pick a hosting plan and start building, but we've been out of this business for a while, are only moderately technical, and could use a little advice. The forum itself isn't likely to be very large, and we have no thought of it making any sort of revenue. We're not doing a lot of videos or other storage-intensive things. The place is for discussion. 1. What kind of RAM and storage do we really need? 2. Is cpanel a must? We definitely want that functionality, but there are free cpanel alternatives as well. Are they any good? 3. I know that "managed" means different things from different providers, but what is the downside of going with an unmanaged VPS? I'm just trying to find out if going managed is even worth the extra money. We can manage to install the usual LAMP stuff if need be, so that alone isn't an issue for us. 4. Backups - Is this something that only comes with a managed VPS?