Mediatemple.net Review

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Established in 1998 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Media Temple, also often known as (mt), is a web hosting and cloud services provider recommended by many. The company offers all four kinds of hosting services – the Grid (shared hosting), DV (VPS hosting), DV Enterprise (dedicated hosting), and Helix (cloud hosting).

Media Temple is one of the most popular web hosts among developers and professional bloggers, and that position is well earned with more than 125,000 users with more than 1,500,000 domains. Media Temple generously gave me a free trial account on the Grid and the following is my Media Temple review based on the usage experience.

Introducing Media Temple Hosting Services

As mentioned, Media Temple offers a wide range of hosting services. The vast choices might be a little confusing for first-timers, especially when Media Temple named their hosting plans based on various short forms.

Hence, before we dig into the meat of this review, let’s have a closer look on what Media Temple has to offer.

Media Temple Grid (Shared Hosting)

Cluster-based shared hosting in Linux environment
Optimized for WordPress with 100GB storage and 1TB bandwidth
Host up to 1,000 email addresses and 100 websites per account
Price: $20/mo
Media Temple DV Managed & DV Developer (VPS Hosting)

For VPS hosting, Media Temple users get to choose between a non-managed or managed hosting environment. Non-managed VPS hosting plans (DV Developer) are generally cheaper but you will have to build everything from the ground up. On the other hand, users who opt for managed VPS (DV Managed) will need to pay a slightly higher price but you will start with a ready-to-go hosting environment in Parallels Plesks 11.

Entry level server specs at 1GB RAM, 30GB storage, and 1TB bandwidth
Price starts at $30/mo for DV Developer; $50 for DV Managed
99.999% managed uptime guaranteed for DV Managed
Full SSH and root access available for DV Developer plans
One-click installation and Plesks 11 control panel available for DV Managed plans
DV Enterprise (Dedicated Hosting)

Like Media Temple VPS hosting plans, users get to choose between managed and non-managed hosting environments with a price difference of $500/mo. Some quick server specifications for DV Enterprise deal.

16-core Intel Xeon 2.13 GHz with 64GB DDR3 RAM
2.4 TB (8 x 300GB) SAS hard drives
RAID-10, battery-backed write-cache, 1GB network switch

PROS

A wide range of website-hosting options. Knowledgeable customer service reps. Helpful Sidekick walkthroughs. Lets you host many domains.

CONS

Lacks Windows-based servers. Expensive VPS and dedicated server plans. Lacks website building tools. A few annoying capped features.

BOTTOM LINE

Media Temple lets you easily build Linux-powered websites, but a few missteps keep it from ranking among the elite Web hosts.