Do you love your hosting company?
I mean “make jokes at their expense because you know they’ll just fire back” love them?
I’ve been with (mt) MediaTemple (referral program link) for a few months now, and I seriously can’t say enough good things about them. They’re not the cheapest in the barrell – the basic level, (gs) GridService starts at $20 per month, running through to (dpv) Nitro service for $750 – but I swear, there’s a massive difference in service, even at the (gs) GridService level.
Having been through six hosting providers in the nine years I’ve been running websites, I can safely say I’ve not felt as comfortable working with a hosting team as I do with these guys. I’ve tossed Star Wars references at them, and had responses in kind. I’m writing this specifically because my site’s been down for two hours – and when I asked the @mediatemple account on Twitter, I had a response within five minutes. They even took a screenshot of their support blog and located the image off-server to make sure their clients could still access the information in some form.
This style of hosting isn’t for everyone. Media Temple uses Plesk – a very in-depth control system, whereas many commercial providers offer Cpanel, which is a little more straight forward and feature-full. Still, the reliability (eight minutes down – which I was warned about – in four months) and the speed is well worth the adjustment. At least it was for ChickenBall and I when we aggregated our hosting in February.
Do yourself a favour. Check them out. (mt) Media Temple is well worth the look, especially if you’re stuck with someone you’re not absolutely in love with. Make the jump.
And you’d better believe every link in this post is an affiliate link. I support who I believe in. I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in (mt).