Having an attractive and easy to use website is a necessary part of running a successful business. To do that, you will need a web hosting service that permits you to build flexible and user-friendly websites. Media Temple web hosting offers a wide range of hosting options starting at $20 per month. They offer shared, virtual private servers, dedicated and WordPress options. Media Temple is considered the standard to which web hosts are set and their focus on high-performing technology and easy to use features do much towards keeping their customers happy.
- Wide range of web hosting options
- Knowledgeable and consistently available customer service reps
- Ability to host many domains
- Helpful walkthroughs
- No Windows-based servers
- VPS and dedicated server plans are costly
- No website building tools
- Some capped features
Media Temple’s shared hosting has consistently been reviewed as one of the top choices for web hosts. They provide an emphasis on performance, scalability and security that is incredibly valuable and their US-based customer support is well backed.
Media Temple Review 2017
Media Temple is a US based web hosting service started in 1998. Over the years, they have built a reputation as one of the best web hosting companies in the business. They have offered hosting services from small companies and personal blogs all the way to large-scale corporations.
Media Temple’s Grid shared hosting platform matches low end shared hosting platforms in pricing but Media Temple assures that it’s a product that will grow along with your site. Grid promises to manage massive short-term traffic spikes without any service disruption or loss in service and performance. It also promises to avoid the “bad neighbor” problem that can happen with shared hosting. A bad neighbor who violates certain laws can pull down thousands of sites but Media Temple’s Grid will allow you to avoid that. They do this by not hosting customer sites on a single machine, but instead they are managed by hundreds of clustered servers. By doing this, Media Temple can monitor the entire grid as well as individual sites.
Of course, if the traffic spikes the user will be charged for overages on bandwidth and CPU usage but their site will remain online. Media Temple does not currently share the cost of overages, which is a downside since it’s an important element.
Features offered by Media Temple for the Grid hosting packages include 20GB of solid-state storage, 1,000 email accounts that you can use across domains, 1TB of monthly data transfers and the ability to host 100 websites. They also offer the ability to scale to $150 per month for 500GB of drive space, 5TB of monthly data transfers and the ability to host 2,500 sites. Unfortunately, you will still only get access to 1,000 email accounts.
While these are some high quality specs, there are other sites that top that offer and also have Windows based servers, which can come in handy if you need Microsoft’s operating system to serve as your website’s foundation.
Media Temple’s customer service is available 24/7. Unfortunately, their web chat and telephone support are limited to sales inquiries. You will have to log into your account center to send a technical support message if you require help. Questions sent were quickly and accurately answered within a few minutes, which was reassuring.
Media Temple gives their customer a 30-day money back guarantee. While not as lengthy as Dreamhost’s impressive 97-day guarantee (one of the longest in the business) it is still a solid money-back guarantee.
Media Temple offers three different shared plans. Starting at $20 is the “Personal” shared plan. The personal plan gives you 100 sites, 100 database, 20GB of SSD storage, 1000 email boxes (this remains the same across all plans), 1TB of scalable bandwidth and 2000GPU.
The next step up is the “Pro” for $30 a month. This will get you 500 sites, 500 databases, 100GB SSD storage, 2TB of scalable bandwidth, 2000 GPU (the same as the Personal plan), 1 site with malware detection and removal and 1 site with Media Temple’s Global CDN plan, which gives users faster and more secure load time.
Finally, the “Agency” plan is $150 a month and this gets you 2,500 sites, 2,500 databases, 500GB of SSD storage, 5TB of scalable bandwidth, 4000GPU, 5 sites with malware detection and removal and the Global CDN plan. If you sign up for this plan on an annual basis, you will also get 1 domain registration and 1 site SSL certification.
Media Temple does offer dedicated web hosting plans and include 1TB of storage, 128GB of RAM, and 10TB of monthly data transfers. Unfortunately, this comes at the incredibly steep price of $2,000 per month.
Overall, Media Temple is an impressive choice for shared web hosting but does have some very expensive options for VPS and dedicated web hosting and also has some issues with capped transactions. While this is annoying, we recommend Media Temple for your shared web hosting needs.