Media Temple is a cloud services provider as well as hosting company.
Physically located in Los Angeles since 1998 it has become the “host of choice” for the professional bloggers and web developers.
They may not have the high numbers of clients that the other hosting company’s boast of having – but – with just over 1.5 Million domains in service they are still a very big and stable company.
Four Main Types of Hosting offered at Media Temple (MT)
1. Web Hosting: This is their GRID or shared hosting option. You can choose to pay for the year with a discounted price ($16.67) or pay monthly ($20.00). These prices seem a little steep compared to other hosting companies but what you are getting is a faster, smarter, better hosting experience.
Included in the package is 1TB bandwidth per month, SSD (Solid State Drive) database storage, 1000 email accounts, 100GB storage and you can host up to 100 websites. If you are designer and want to showcase your work, a business who needs assurance their website will be robust, or a serious blogger, then the Media Temple GRID hosting should be a good choice.
2. WordPress Hosting: As popular as WordPress is, it takes up a lot of room on a server. The database can get crowded and sluggish, and plugin’s can be a nightmare. If you host with one of the cheaper hosting companies you might notice that your site takes a (too) long time to load sometimes.
If speed and dependability is what you need in your blog then Media Temples WordPress hosting is something you need to consider.
Although it only included 3 WordPress installs it is for the WordPress professional whose livelihood depends on a lightning fast loading site.
*if your customers are bouncing,
Speed is due in part to 4 layers of caching, SSH, and unlimited bandwidth. You aren’t restricted to only 3 sites and can add more for a $9ea fee.
3. VPS Hosting: VPS is “Virtual Private Server”. There are a couple choices here.
The packages start at 30GB storage, 1GB RAM, 1TB bandwidth, and a guaranteed uptime of 99.999%. The pricing difference in managed and unmanaged is 40% or more. There are monthly and yearly payment options available for even bigger savings.
4. Managed Hosting: not to be confused with VPS managed hosting above. This is a fully Professional grade hosting that you can choose any of 7 different levels of service. Perfect choice for studios, businesses, agencies and content creators. Everything from 1GB to a completely dedicated server. This includes reseller tools and the ability to scale your server to your needs.
If your business needs all the power but you need or want the support, from Media Temple’s high-performance CloudTech specialists then Media Temple Managed Hosting is your choice. The package also comes with Advanced Performance Analysis and a customized security pack. They will get you started right away.
What many people are not aware of these are the servers that OTHER companies use like Synthesis. Just last year GoDaddy acquired Media Temple but they say they will continue to operate as separate entities and continue to provide top notch service. Godaddy now offers cPanel and WordPress managed hosting too.
From the outside it may appear that Media Temple hosting packages are expensive. But for all they offer in return they really are quite affordable. Whether you choose the fully managed or manage it yourself you still have access to their world class support team and CloudTech engineers.
Help is available 24/7 by phone, chat, email, or Skype. And while you are managing your business they are making sure your servers are protected, optimized and running at their peak.
Media Temple Customer Service
My experience from an interested customer was great. Informative, knowledgable, and helpful. But what are they like after you have already spent your money and time to put up a site(s) on their network? Everything I can find about them has been mostly positive.
Generally they are quick to be responsive through any means of contact including @MediaTemple via Twitter. Live staff are vigilant and ready to serve.
The reasons listed below are some the perks they offer and why I have decided to host my next project with Media Temple (MT)
I have the need to experiment with stuff. As a result I break things. Sometimes I break things in a way that I have no idea how to fix it. My motto will always be “Never be afraid to push the button”
They have a qualified staff that will add the extra support I need for those very occasions. On hand there are certified engineers that will analyze the web codes, as well as the every day stuff like backups and data restoration.
Hacking insurance is important to me as well. Not that anyone can guarantee you don’t get hacked, but they have the security in place that makes it very difficult and definitely unattractive to just any ol’ hacker. Should the security walls get breached you can be assured that they will clean up the mess for you and get you up and running again in no time.
I like that everything is scalable for purpose. Building out websites is one thing and being able to accommodate traffic is another. I like to be secure for both.
As part of the site management tools for the Premium WordPress Hosting package is the ability to stage sites and clone sites. This way you can make changes to your site and mess around while your “real” site remains live. Then ‘sync’ it when finished and all the updates will be changed on the main site.
The ability to clone sites will be perfect for template niche sites for quick and simple “clone and drop” as required.
I believe that Media Temple is worth the money they charge when compared with the value you get. If you are just starting out and want a cheaper option I would suggest you look at GoDaddy, Hostgator, or Bluehost.
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