One of the reasons I’ve been a little MIA in the virtual world is because I’ve been migrating some of the biggest sites to MediaTemple. Namely, Datecraft.com, QuietTime.tv, and a few other potentially large and high-trafficking websites.
Simply put, MediaTemple is kicking major booty.
And that’s fine. Not all hosting companies are the same and they can’t possibly meet all the unique and different needs that all customers have.
When it ultimately comes down to it, one needs to find a provider that’ll suit YOUR needs (this seems painfully obvious, but I believe some more thought, patience, and research needs to be done across the boards when choosing a host).
… Did I mention that MediaTemple services one of the biggest and most highly traffic’d blogs on the planet? Techcrunch! …
For what I need, the are doing just fine, namely root-access and an easily scaleable architecture (literally transparent to the client/customer).
There are a number of things that I don’t like (Plesk is annoyingly bad UI design) and the user-forums and knowledgebase has a little to be desired, but all in all I can give it high reviews.
But the bottom line was… well, the bottom line: I was paying Dreamhost for a Private Server and a PS MySQL dbase for double what I’m paying now for less than half of the computing power and memory allocation… and it wasn’t dedicated and I didn’t get root-access.
But, what I did lose was a monsterous accrued 9.2 Terabytes of Bandwidth (I now have 1TB) and 605 Gigs of HD space (I now have a mere 20GB). There’s no question I’ll have to bump up to the next level (Rage), probably this afternoon (probably will need Extreme soon… ahh…) but what’s nice is that I’ve got a 30 day money-back-guarantee… so I thought I’d just take it for a spin.
Haven’t been disappointed yet.
Dreamhost, you were good to me (and still are, since I’ve got this blog and a few other smaller projects on it), but I think I’ve found my next service. And that’s the thing, it’s not that Dreamhost has served me poorly, I’m just in need of something a bit bigger, a little more control, and a little faster than you.
No hard feelings, right?