I had considered Media Temple last year, however the site revenues weren’t enough to match the rates quoted by Media Temple. Even this time around I thought a lot before choosing Media Temple. I did see a lot of negative reviews on Media Temple but I guess you would see that for every other hosting provider.
You need to use the service to come to a conclusion and MT does have a 30 day money back guarantee option.
Why shift from Dreamhost ?
The site speed also was no way near to normal and this definitely affected the pageviews (People who come via search engine referral would hesitate to explore the site, if the landing page is too slow)
One positive thing about Dreamhost is the quality of support. I got response for almost all my support queries and unlike the site response time, I have no complaints on the support response time !
Isn’t MT expensive ?
Some of the best hosting options would cost around 10-12$/month and MT quotes around 20$/month.
However if you do a 1 year pre-payment you do save 40$. I used a coupon code and saved another 15% to finally end up with 14$/month charge which in my opinion isn’t too much if your site is monetized.
And you do have the option of reselling the hosting and this can also help in bringing down the monthly expense.
Isn’t moving data a pain ?
Moving all the data from one server to another is a time consuming task and is one of the reasons users would hesitate to switch to a different hosting. Unlike my previous move from GoDaddy to Dreamhost, this time around I had a lot of data to move !
Transferring the data from Dreamhost to my local system and then transferring it back to Media Temple would have definitely taken time. However I used one simple yet powerful SCP command to transfer the files within 10 minutes !
For e.g. to move my entire domain related files (not the database), I just executed the following command from the SSH terminal on my Dreamhost server
scp -r venukb.com user@mediatempleaccessdomain:/backup
Note: For the above approach to work, you need to signup with MT and should have received the Access Domain related data and the login credentials for the access domain
I also dumped the database using
mysqldump and again used SCP to move the SQL files onto the MT server.
The transfer was done at a blazing speed of 2MB/second. Once the data was moved, all I had to do was to move the domain related files to the MT specific server paths and restoring the SQL data on to the newly created MySQL database on MT grid.
You can even test the new setup by modifying your hosts file on Windows (i.e. I pointed venukb.com to the new MT server) and once its tested you can go ahead and modify the name servers to point to the new domain (This modification in the DNS will take some time to propagate)
Is MT worth the price ?
It just been 2 days and I am not in the state to comment on the hosting performance and support. In a few days I should be able to make a good judgement on MT and will definitely keep you posted 🙂
If anybody is already on MT, let me know how your experience has been till now (I do read a lot of posts where people write about moving to MT, but have seen very few who have written about the actual experience ! )
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