Need VPS performance optimization

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$30 - $250

Project Description:
Need help tunning VPS server.

Just bought a VPS and made the default install.

I've made a Magento fresh install in the VPS. (
And did the same in my shared hosting (

I used to check site response time and.... shared host is faster.

I'm new in VPS and dont know how to manage server.

I'm looking for someone to help me change server configuration to optimize performance and, if the work done in this project and comunications is good, i want you to be my server manager.

So, in this project you have to tell me the hourly rate you will charge in the future and show me your skills.

The site that will be more demanding will be
It's a Wordpress site with lots of images and with the games as .swf.

I dont want to install wordpress (i know how), just want to make a good start configuration.

Skills required:
Apache, Linux, MySQL, PHP, Wordpress
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