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Old 07-09-2006, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Media Temple web host?

Does anyone have any experience with Media Temple?

It is highly recommended by Jeffrey Zeldman (although he has a dedicated virtual server there), and is used by Typophile, AIGA, Art Directors Club, Starbucks, and others. Googling on Media Temple and problems, I find very few (one was clearly user frustration error).

So I thought I would ask you all.


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Sounds too cheap to be true and with a strange multi domain setup! And Plesk7 can be a pain in the #### to set up. I may just try it with some "spare" domains (for SEO purposes) as there does not seem to be a minimum contract period.

   
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Sounds too cheap to be true and with a strange multi domain setup! And Plesk7 can be a pain in the #### to set up. I may just try it with some "spare" domains (for SEO purposes) as there does not seem to be a minimum contract period.
It doesn’t seem that cheap — at least not compared to TextDrive or even RealWebHost (at the yearly rate).

What is Plesk, exactly? And what makes it a pain? And what about this multi-domain setup is unusual?

It would be great to have a Kelvyn report on this place!

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It doesn’t seem that cheap — at least not compared to TextDrive or even RealWebHost (at the yearly rate).
For the amount of bandwidth included it is amazingly cheap, even if used for a single site. Within the 2GB Pro service you can have5 different domains, so the cost runs out at a 5th of the yearly cost per domain - around $25/year. Even for a single site (costing around $100/year), with reasonable popularity the hosting costs should be well covered just by running some Google ads.

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What is Plesk, exactly? And what makes it a pain?
It is a server control panel/domain management tool, similar to CPanel or Ensim. Plesk has less control & flexibility than other systems, but I guess it depends how much control you are used to having. One thing that annoys me is that the default Plesk setup prevents user access to php.ini, which I often need to tweak a little.
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And what about this multi-domain setup is unusual?
The description suggests that the domains reside in subdirectories of the main domain. This suggests they run in a fully shared environment (not very common these days) under one Apache/php install, which may be a security issue. To me it means that I would have to make great use of .htaccess to provide the right functions for some sites.
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It would be great to have a Kelvyn report on this place!
If I do try it out it won't be straight away. I have got two new sites to turn out over the next couple of weeks.

   
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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For the amount of bandwidth included it is amazingly cheap, even if used for a single site. Within the 2GB Pro service you can have5 different domains, so the cost runs out at a 5th of the yearly cost per domain - around $25/year. Even for a single site (costing around $100/year), with reasonable popularity the hosting costs should be well covered just by running some Google ads.
Just for comparison...

mediatemple: $120/yr for 2GB, 5 domains, 1TB/mo transfer
ipowerweb: $96/yr for 10GB, 1 domain, 250GB/mo transfer
textdrive: $96/yr for 1GB, 3 domains, 3G/mo transfer
realwebhost: $96/yr for 500MB, 1 domain, 15GB/mo transfer
godaddy: $43/yr for 5GB, 1 domain, 250GB/mo transfer

(1TB ~~ 1600 CD-ROMs)
(1TB/month ~~ 380KB/sec avg, or 50 CDs/day)
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Just for comparison...
Thanks. I especially appreciate your bringing of terrabyte into understandable terms. 1600 CDs is easy to grasp. (Maybe not to make or hold, but to understand!)

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