OMG! I knew what I was looking for and it took ages to find it: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?849288-VPS-amp-Dedicated-server&p=5109454&viewfull=1#post5109454.
Yes, VBulletin is a PITA.
URIs? As my post said, do the search with YOUR specifications (and budget) and you'll come up with a seemingly infinite list. Examine each and toss the ridiculous ones (not meeting your specs, too expensive, wrong OS, etc) the search your shortlist for more detail ...
Me? I've used several hosts over the years and am currently with two (WebHostingBuzz and WebHostingZoom). Each fit different specifications (at the time) and I can recommend either depending upon your spec, of course. Currently, WHB's plans seem superior (for my specifications, of course, but you can check the links in my signature for US and UK-based hosting) but you must evaluate according to YOUR specifications.