Media Temple DV vs Godaddy Hosting. A Review

After 6 months with media temple hosting, this former godaddy customer is completely impressed. Here are the key differences that should make a difference to you.

media_templeThe Differences:

  1. Email. Godaddy limits you to 1000 emails outbound per day. This is per hosting account. No matter how many domains you run, or whether you have a dedicated server or not. To get this limit raised you have to jump through hoops, comply with every can-spam policy requirement and restrictions. Your email’s must be approved and contain subscription list removal. As well as opt-in must agree to comply with their specs. Media Temple is no where near as restrictive with their shared service or grid service set to 50 per minute or 500 per hour. The DV servers have no outbound email restrictions. Abuse of this will just end up getting your domain black-listed.
  2. Support. Hands down Media Temple’s customer service makes Godaddy seem like a small time operation. Knowledgeable staff, quick response via phone(longest hold time yet was 17 minutes). Even though having a DV with full access, the support team will help with issues on databases, backing up data, restoring snapshots.  Knowledgeable would be on the bottom of the list for godaddy.
  3. Price. $42 a month with Media Temple is my cost base for a DV with a dedicated 512M of Ram,  3 IP addresses and a Dedicated %10 CPU load. Root access, and a huge assortment of developers tool’s(including svn) make serving 200,000 dynamic pages per day a walk in the park. With 20 Gig of storage and a Terabyte of data transfer per month. It’s Media Temple for the Win!!! of course they have less costly plans with their GS (grid service) designed to handle large spikes in traffic at a base cost of $20 per month. There is also a cheaper shared plan. Click here and tell them sent you a referral.
  4. Godaddy’s plans: There cheaper with shared hosting accounts available for a base of around $8 a month. No dedicated Ram or IP. Shared resources with thousands of other websites. High latency times causing slow page loads. Plus that interface is designed to sell, not be helpful. Domain management is clunky and cumbersome.
  5. Domain registration – This is godaddy’s only remaining feature that is worth something. They are by far the cheapest to register and maintain your domain names. As long as you don’t mind their repeated attempts at reselling their ‘other’ products, keep them as your registrar.

There that’s about it in a nutshell. I am very happy to have moved all of my web properties off Godaddy’s servers. You do truly get what you pay for.

If you decide to sign up with Media Temple, tell them referred you. We get a perk from them when you do.

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  2. Thanks. Thats exactly the info I needed. Was wondering how I could justify switching from tacky, unhelpful, and complicated godaddy to mediatemple. This summed it up nicely.

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