The Playground Is A Wreck

April 7, 2008

For the past month or so, I've been playing around in my sandbox with an elastic layout. Things were coming along pretty well, when suddenly I threw a fit over the increasing slowness of my web host, DreamHost. I've been with them for about 3 years and we've had our ups and downs, but lately my patience has worn thin.

The middle of a redesign is probably not the best time to switch web hosts. But considering this is primarily a playground, I've thrown caution to the wind and uploaded the whole darn dev site to Media Temple. I've heard a lot of good things about them and am hoping like mad that they're true. So a word of warning while this half-constructed heap of code changes home—watch for teetering beams and chunks of falling plaster. This ought to be interesting.


I used Dreamhost in the olden days, and left only because I got a better deal from a local web host. As time has passed, Dreamhost looks like the better deal again.
I recently took over management of a site hosted at MediaTemple and started wondering if speed and uptime would be better at Dreamhost. Probably "grass is always greener" syndrome.
I did give up struggling with setting up Drupal multisite on MediaTemple, 'cuz they don't offer a clear domain parking option and their subdomain arrangement threw me. I'll try again when I upgrade to Drupal 6.

IMO, the level of hosting would be the basis for my choice. Dedicated Server? Media Temple, no question. Shared Hosting? Either of them, really. I have never heard anything bad about DreamHost, BUT I have heard only great things about Media Temple, in fact, I know of several site owners on Media Temple and says it's reliable and you can always reach someone. Whatever you do, NEVER use

So is Dreamhost a good bet for hosting our site?