A New Host Maybe?

By | October 25, 2012

I have been feeling for quite some that the performance of my blog was dragging.  I just implemented a new plugin to do caching and it seems to help a little.  However, the internal tool, where I type and do publishing is slow as well.  Obviously, I want things to be speedy.

For the last 6+ years I have been a BlueHost.com customer.  They are cheap and had what I needed, so I didn’t complain.  The previous host Lunarpages.com was a nightmare.  Things went down and the UI was awful.  They may have improved, but they lost my business forever.

I created a support ticket and they responded that there is nothing they can/will do.  They said I had alot of plugins and therefore WordPress is slow.  I don’t buy it.  I think I am on a slow machine and they just hope I shut up.  They were polite, but they didn’t solve my problem.  The blog is slower than I  think is appropriate for my setup.

To find out, I am going to try to setup a MediaTemple GS account.  I will put my blog on it and test the performance.  If the same number of plugins performs better,  I will switch.  Then it becomes a massive pain in the butt to do a host switch.  Ugh.  I am not looking forward to that.

4 thoughts on “A New Host Maybe?

  1. mediatemple

    Hey There! Good luck with testing out our (gs) Grid-Service. We think you’ll enjoy :). Let us know If you need any help, we’re here 24/7.

    Drew J
    (mt) Media Temple
    @MediaTemple

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  2. Kaj Kandler

    http://www.vpsfarm.com/ its a small boutique, but simple and well executed. Assuming you don’t need cPanel to manage your OS etc. All my service requests where met with 2nd level if not 3rd level knowledge and promptly. and it is great value to boot.

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  3. Glen Lipka Post author

    @Kaj: I don’t understand their pricing. How do you figure out how much it will be??

    @Drew: My main impediment is the time to set everything up. I will try and find the time soon.

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  4. Shaun

    This is a bit dated, but relevant I think: http://bit.ly/aGMAsd
    See also: http://bit.ly/eJxb0b

    Having said that, I finally needed dedicated control panels for the 16+ domains I host. I played with Linode for a month after leaving WebFaction. It was awesome/crazy fast. As great as that was, I didn’t have time to maintain it.

    I’m back at Media Temple, but using a (dv). So far, so good. The performance is acceptable, and Plesk 11 is adequate. A 512MB (dv) works fine if you disable some unneeded services (they have a good KB article on it), and keep an eye on your usage. I’d recommend a 1GB setup though, provided you can afford it.

    Good luck Glen. Switching hosts is a tough decision, time consuming, and fraught with trouble. I’ve been through six now, and can never seem to settle down.

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