Virtually Is Literally The New Literally
If you can read this, you've reached Impossibly Stupid's previously-mentioned new VPS. Despite the lower system specs, I'm finding things are a bit more snappy than they were on my shared web host. Perhaps that's because this system is essentially doing nothing but responding to a limited number of static HTTP requests, or it might be because everything is all still so shiny new. We'll see how things hold up over time as I migrate other features.
For example, one of the things that is still handled by my shared web host is email. And while I certainly don't expect that one additional service to bog the system down, there are many other simple things that could all add up on this little system to have it begging for mercy. I'll be adding things slowly, so let me know if anything I change turns out to be a dud for you.