Ask Gimboland: web hosting recommendations?

I want to move to a different web hosting provider. Got any recommendations? (Particularly good UK ones?)

From day one, I’ve been with webquarry; I’ve been happy until recently. Now I’m unhappy because their MySQL server goes offline for 15 minutes every day for backup, taking Gimboland with it (I didn’t notice until I switched to WordPress, because my pages used to be static), and because they’ve just disabled catchall email accounts (for, eg, without telling us. I understand the rationale for disabling these, but having to work out ourselves that it happened has been stressful and costly, both in time and money (business lost).

I need to host 4 domains (,,, – with just aliasing; I need email and webspace on each of these; I need ssh access; I need MySQL databases; I need all the obvious things you’d expect, basically. I need it to not go offline for 15 minutes every day! I’d like it to be in the UK so latency on ssh sessions is reduced. ;-) Oh yeah, and I don’t want to pay too much…

I’m paying about $13 (about £7) per month right now, but only getting 1GB of disk space, 48GB of bandwidth per month (the bandwidth’s OK, but that disk space is tight.

Bash pointed me at Media Temple, whose grid service hosting looks excellent and good value at $20 pcm. 100GB of storage, never offline, up to 100 domains, 1000 emails, etc. – it does look good. If they were in the UK I’d go for it immediately. I do, however, have a slight hankering to host in the UK, if only for reduced latency during ssh sessions, and MediaTemple, like WebQuarry, look to be in California. :-)

So: who’s your web daddy?

4 Responses to “Ask Gimboland: web hosting recommendations?”

  1. bwb
    May 24th, 2007 | 9:32 am

    Media Temple is good, our site might help, try , good tools to compare hosts and read user reviews of hosts.

    You can use this tool to sort through and compare all the hosts in our database too,

    thanks, Ben

  2. James
    May 24th, 2007 | 11:12 am

    I would suggest, been with them for over 4 years and never had any issues. Their support is fantastic, and downtime has been minimal.

  3. May 24th, 2007 | 4:06 pm

    Why not take advantage of that phat JANET pipe running straight into your office? Can’t imagine latency would be a problem (especially when SSHing from your desk ;))

  4. May 25th, 2007 | 9:51 pm

    The main reason I jumped on the Media Temple band wagon was its good reputation among the A-list bloggers such as Shaun Inman ( and Michael Heilemann ( However, after they introduced the much hyped Grid-server (or cluster as normal people call it), things seems to be going in the wrong direction.