It was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of Media Temple’s Grid service. In all likelihood, it’s the best shared hosting alternative. There’s so much about this particular plan that sounds nice, that I don’t even know where to start.
Before I get into it, let me just say that it comes from Media Temple, and almost every graphic and web designer knows who I’m talking about. Their reputation precedes them in all circles, because they’re so good at what they do and they’ve been a constant support throughout the years.
The future of most websites lies in the Grid
A Grid-based service is what you want all your small business websites to adhere to, because it would basically make them immortal. One website is supported by several servers, so when visitors rush in, any sudden outbreak of popularity won’t cripple your capacity and leave them staring at a “temporarily unavailable” note. You definitely want to avoid that nuisance, if you take my meaning, in any blog or portfolio hosting.
Media Temple introduces a Grid plan with 1 TB scalable bandwidth and 100 GB storage, where you can host up to 100 websites, which are optimized and protected against spam or hack attacks through the Cloudmark system, and CloudFlare with Railgun. And you save loads of money, because the Cloudflare with Railgun would normally cost you $200, and Media Temple will get it for you free of charge.
Smooth email management
Media Temple’s Grid has a whole army of servers working only for Web Mail, and that’s a good thing if you, like me, need to handle a constant flow of correspondence without it interfering with the website’s performance. You can easily drag ‘n’ drop the photo thumbnails attached to contacts, and you can do that from a desktop, or an iPhone.
However, what I absolutely loved was the uControl panel, whereby your customer can do some things by himself, such as edit spam settings, email passwords, and so on, and so forth.
The gorgeous command center enables you to keep a close eye on billing, to add new domains whenever you feel like it, to fix any MySQL database permission issue that might arise, and add all sorts of applications. I need to nudge the bloggers, here, and call out that Media Temple’s Grid is especially optimized for WordPress, which is available for 1 Click Installation.
Besides, their support team is helpful, friendly and always available. They’ve even got an award to show off for that. So pick up your phone, or chat online, or Tweet.
And if you need to move a website ($150/website) or a domain ($25/domain), or get other On-Demand assistance, CloudTech Premium Support for your Grid is standing by, only a click away.
It’s worth your money
It’s worth $20-a-month. Part of activating the Grid plan is going forward with a domain that you already own, or register a new one (.com, .net, .biz, .info, .org, or .name). The latter is $5 for the first year of hosting, and $12 per year afterwards.
And, bam! Media Temple is confident that you’ll be very happy with their service, insofar as they promise to reimburse you if you ever want to back out.