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General Discussion

Is Media Temple really the best?

In Nick's domain and hosting video he recommends Media Temple for hosting. I know Chris Coyier recommends Media Temple, and it has plenty of big name endorsements too.

I went to check out Media Temple, and their standard shared hosting is $20 per month. I'm currently with HostGator, which has a similar package for only $6 - $8 per month.

Since everyone seems to recommend MT as the best, I wondered whether it was worth switching. But I have to admit that HostGator gives me nothing to complain about.

For shared hosting, is there any real benefit of paying the extra $12 - $14? Will I see a difference in quality, or would I just be paying more for the same product?

8 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

The central question is the ROI (return on investment) of your web hosting. Is your web site profitable enough to justify an additional $14 a month in costs?

IT support is like insurance, you only appreciate after you need it.

James Olguin
James Olguin
9,527 Points

I've recently moved a client over to BlueHost. They've been great. I've also dabbled in hosting stuff on GitHub for free. I just recently created a site (see link below) that is hosted entirely on GitHub. Pretty neat stuff.

Just depends on what you are looking for.


Is your web site profitable enough to justify an additional $14 a month in costs?

Yes, it is. But I don't want to pay an extra $14 for nothing! The question I'm asking is, what am I getting for that extra $14?

You aren't paying the $14 for nothing... I'm with Media Temple and I'd only move if I was to need a dedicated box based in the UK.

There's many reason's I like them:

Their gridService supports many domains, works almost like a shared reseller account elsewhere, they have git installed and their webmail app is actually usable.

The main reason you're not wasting the $14 is because when things go wrong, their support is top-notch. I've had issues (and my own stupidity) with email resolved quickly. I've asked about being able to deploy a Ruby app to get an incredibly detailed reply, so detailed it should have cost me money! Also, their response time and support on Twitter is fantastic. I put a ticket in once, got an estimated response time of around 11 hours or something ludicrous... Tweeted @ them, DMed the ticket number and got it resolved within the hour.

That's where your $14 dollars goes!

If it helps, here's 10% off: http://mdtm.pl/ZKMSMs

John Locke
John Locke
15,479 Points

Media Temple seems to be favored by all people who make their living on the Web. I use Host Gator, and they support multiple domains as well. I've also had great service from them in the past.

With Host Gator, their webmail services leave a tiny bit to be desired; I just forward that mail to GMail accounts.

It depends on the level of support that you get. That's the only real thing that differentiates most web hosting.

Brendan O'Brien
Brendan O'Brien
9,066 Points

I been with a number of hosts and I've recently settled down with Webfaction. I have no complaints so far and I've been with them about 5-6 years now. I've considered MT before but I don't see much value in the premium they charge.

Here is my link if you want to check out webfaction: http://www.webfaction.com/?affiliate=btko

Thanks everyone. The response seems to be that the extra $14 is for support.

The webmail advantage doesn't make any difference to me. I would be forwarding all my emails to my master Gmail account, regardless of how good the webmail interface is.

HostGator's support is quite good though. I've never had to wait longer than 30 minutes to get onto the live chat.

I do think that when it comes to web hosting, it's worth paying for the best quality you can get, and I'm curious as to whether Media Temple will give me that. So I think I'll try out Media Temple when my current contract expires. I can always switch back if I decide it's not worth the premium price. Thanks for the help!

Javier Correa
Javier Correa
4,781 Points

Please stop posting affiliate links, if you recommend something do it because you think its the best, not just because you want to get some bucks.

I'm on the same wagon as the OP, I'm using hostgator, great support, no problem at all but I need a vps, media temple looks great but hostgator is cheaper and they give me 4 ips.

I'm confused, I looked for reviews and opinions everywhere, but I just found biased reviews with affiliate links, maybe the best is to try both.

Does anyone know something about gandi.net ?? They have a free trial but I would rather hear something from anyone who have actually used the service.