Media Temple Hosting Review

 

Media Temple (MT) is “The Web Host You Can Count On.” They offer VPS, standard shared hosting, and a WordPress specific hosting option. They back up all of their hosting options with their award-winning support and easy migration. Media Temple also offers a range of add-ons to help streamline their customer’s lives, with things like Google Apps integration, SSL certificates, Virb website builder, and PROCDN, for faster global content distribution.

MT works to provide for developers with (mt)API. Developers can access stats, check billing statuses, and tinker with their hosting service from an interface that provides a great user experience. There’s also an exhaustive knowledge base for the (mt)API for any questions you might have (in addition to Media Temple’s support system).

Prices starting at $20/Month

Features

  • Managed WordPress hosting, complete with unique themes
  • SSD Storage
  • Scalable bandwidth to cover your site during high traffic times
  • Dedicated MySQL resources
  • CloudTech premium support (for particularly tricky problems)

Types of Hosting

  • WordPress Hosting
  • The Grid – Shared Hosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • Fully Managed VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Hosting

Plans

Unlike other hosting providers, their shared hosting plan is not tiered. If you need more power, you simply upgrade to another type of plan instead of just upgrading what your shared plan will allow you to do.

The Grid – $20/Month

  • Host up to 100 Websites
  • 1 TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 100 GB Storage
  • 1000 Email Accounts
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • WordPress Personal – $20/Month
  • 30 GB SSD Storage
  • 400,000 Monthly Visitors
  • 2 sites

WordPress Studio – $60/Month

  • 100 GB SSD storage
  • 2 million Monthly Visitors
  • 10 sites
  • 2 Google Apps for Work
  • Malware detection and removal
  • 1 domain registration
  • 1 SSL certificate

WordPress Agency – $240/Month

  • 500 GB SSD Storage
  • 10 million Monthly Visitors
  • 50 sites
  • 5 Google Appls for Work
  • Malware detection and removal
  • 1 domain registration
  • 2 SSL certificates

WordPress Enterprise – Call for price

  • 1 TB SSD Storage
  • Unlimited Monthly Visitors
  • 250 Sites
  • 25 Google Apps for Work
  • Malware detection and removal
  • Custom domain registration
  • Custom SSL certificate

Media Temple also offers both self managed and managed VPS hosting beginning at $30 a month and dedicated server hosting starting at $2,000 a month. These plans are designed for more advanced users that can manage their own server and want more power for even faster performance.

As you can see these plans are far from the cheapest option available. In fact, they are one of the most expensive providers. However, unlike many other shared plans, they won’t throttle your website or handicap it just because it gets popular. They actually boast about keeping your site up and running no matter how popular it may get. If you want to save a little money, you can choose to register for a year or two years to receive two months free or five months free respectively.

Speed and Reliability

Like most hosting services, Media Temple boasts 99.9% uptime and in most situations that deliver on that promise. Where Media Temple truly shines is in speed. You will find if you choose to go with Media Temple that your site or sites will run faster than they ever have before. This will allow you to implement more features on your site so you can further enhance your visitor experience to take your website to the next level.

Customer Service

When you are paying more for your hosting, you expect more, especially when it comes to customer service. Support at Media Temple is available 24/7 by phone, email, live chat and even Twitter giving you plenty of methods to contact them if you have a problem. In most cases, they will solve your problems quickly to get your site back into working order in no time.

Limited Applications

Unlike most hosting providers, Media Temple only offers three different applications via their one click installation feature – WordPress, Drupal and Zen Cart. That doesn’t mean that you can’t run a variety of web applications, however, it just means that if you want to use something like Joomla!, you will have manually install it yourself.

Final Thoughts

Media Temple comes with a higher price tag than other competing hosting services, but that doesn’t mean they should be ruled out. They are a superb option for WordPress developers and designers, and they work well to provide additional services for both beginners and advanced developers. Finally, they are one of the only hosting companies that actively advertises the ability to offer enterprise-level hosting services.

Media Temple may not be the best choice for true beginners, however, as their prices are a bit higher requiring a more significant investment compared to other hosting services. And if you are not sure if websites are the right business or hobby for you, it will cost you a lot more for something that you ultimately don’t use.

Still, they are perfect for advanced users who have a need for speed and want to provide the ultimate experience to each and every one of their visitors and Media Temple delivers an advanced experience to all its customers while providing a server platform that is fast, stable and highly scalable.

Prices starting at $20/Month

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