I’m hearing a lot of hosting talk lately with GoDaddy buying Media Temple. I’m no expert on this stuff but I am looking for some insight.
I run a small web development company and we are looking to move to a new hosting provider. I currently have a crappy resller package with a shared server. Uptime isn’t great, and I’m always keeping an eye on sites through cPanel to make sure nobody goes over their disk space/bandwidth limits.
I used to work for a company that used Rackspace and this new cloud server technology. I’ve looked at Digital Ocean and a few others and I’m not exactly sure.
Most of our sites are smaller business sites with not much traffic, however some are large blogs that handle a couple thousand people a day and eat up bandwidth. Is there a host that has a reseller plan perfect for both of these? Or should I have a shared hosting account that handles small sites and get a Dedicated IP for the large sites?
That may not make any sense, like I said I don’t fully understand it all.
Current sites: 25. We could have up to a few hundred over time.
I’ve also heard of using a CDN like amazon or cloudflare. Does that just help with keeping bandwidth limits down? Is that a good idea on every site? Just big sites like blogs with a lot of images? How is that any different than a web host?
My current host allows 100GB bandwidth, and one of my sites uses around 72 GB per month. plus I have a few other high traffic ones, so that’s kind of my issue right now. I had to buy a seperate GoDaddy hosting package for that one that offered ‘unlimited’ bandwidth
I tried Godaddy a few years back and the experience and customer service was not good. Their interface was also not very user friendly, and I believe they sold out to an investment company who’s rumored to be taking offers from EIG. Although some would disagree and take GoDaddy’s side, I would say no way to MediaTemple now that they are owned by them.
Dreamhost is an EIG company. I wouldn’t recommend them either. These companies are known for overselling their resources — something you definitely don’t want for your websites. I wouldn’t be surprised if their VPSs have very low CPU allowance.
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