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GoDaddy Buys Media Temple (techcrunch.com)
131 points by recusancy 185 days ago | comments


bbx 185 days ago | link

Media Temple was the first hosting service I remembered the name. It was around 2007, when I started web design. I was immediately fascinated by their brand, their design, and their philosophy. It looked honest and reliable. I actually never had the opportunity to become a customer because I didn't need an American-based server (I live in Europe)...

Well... until a month ago. I finally had a project that required a server based in North America. I chose MT quite rapidly, feeling confident about my decision and/or not caring enough to analyze the market.

And today, this (not so good) news. GoDaddy has had a very bad press for the last couple of years, and it seems like the philosophy gap between the two companies will be hard to handle. I guess it's just bad timing on my behalf but I'll try to stick to MT for the beginning.

Although yesterday I would have indisputably pursued my experience with MT for many years, I will now closely watch any subtle change in their customer policy and probably leave at the first signs of trouble, no matter how slight they can appear.

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larrys 185 days ago | link

I originally started using MT because it was what Techcrunch used at the time when they started and iirc a few years after.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

I have no love for Media Temple, but have so many client sites there that this really affects me. Just when I thought MT was improving they go and do this.

That line about it staying "independent" is total crap. I stupidly got locked into Outright and now a year or so after their acquisition by GoDaddy its now magically "GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping" and they want to link it with my GoDaddy account. Independent my ass. So now GoDaddy has all my business records sitting next to my MT accounts, old domain names etc. Ugh

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ohashi 185 days ago | link

It's always interesting to hear people talking about trends they see in a web hosting company. The first thing I do is check and see if their experience actually matches what I see in the data.

http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/23/mediatemple/ (click 'Trends')

I don't see much evidence of 'improving' but it looks fairly stable. It will be very interesting to watch what happens after today though.

I've been watching http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/33/asmallorange/ because they are in a similar situation but half a year ahead of MT. They were bought out by EIG (Endurance International Group - which own HostGator, BlueHost, Host Monster, etc) back in March. They've been run independently and their service seems to have improved (cue EIG hate here). It's easy to craft stories, but I always like to see the data.

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maguay 184 days ago | link

That's ominous on A Small Orange — didn't realize that. Great.

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ohashi 184 days ago | link

I try to keep an open mind about these things and just look at the data. So far, they seem to be doing even better under EIG but run independently. I hope it continues that way but I will just keep watching and write about it if it starts to change.

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rhizome 185 days ago | link

A well-engineered deployment framework and backup regime should let you move sites to new hosts with a minimum of headaches (if not a minimum of time). Heck, an enterprising engineer could probably whip up a third-party site mover that uses some combination of limited DB privs, temporary SSH keys, etc. to move entire domains around.

You're right that any "things are gonna stay awesome!" through an acquisition is pipe talk. It's just a lie in an attempt to minimize churn.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

If any of these sites were built using a well-engineered deployment framework, I wouldn't be using a MediaTemple grid account to host them

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eugeneross 185 days ago | link

There should have been some type of clause when you agreed to sign up with (mt) for a year. If not, you can make a pretty good argument for your money back.

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recusancy 185 days ago | link

Media Temple's brand destroyed by one press release.

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atourgates 185 days ago | link

Now I'll be spending my morning creating a plan to transfer our clients (mostly small to medium businesses) that host on MediaTemple, to a new host.

Any recommendations on a host that offers similar quality/features to Media Temple's Grid/Shared hosting?

Specifically:

* About $20/mo

* An Easy to Use Dashboard

* The Ability to Reasonably Handle Traffic Bursts

* Decent Support

And, of course, not owned by GoDaddy.

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corry 185 days ago | link

Random suggestion - check out NearlyFreeSpeech (https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/).

I use them for a few sites and like their vibe and offerings. It's mostly pay-per-traffic I think. The dashboard isn't really a dashboard, more of a set of config screens. I find it intuitive but may not be what you're looking for.

You can easily set up an account and transfer sites over.

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One4yu2see 185 days ago | link

I've used them for low traffic static sites, but i don't recommend it for anything more complex. There are few configuration options, but very sparse.

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hieudang9 185 days ago | link

not for geek

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sandstrom 185 days ago | link

A few more alternatives:

- http://gandi.net

- http://brightbox.com/

- AWS S3/Cloudfront (for static sites)

- http://wordpress.com

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habith 185 days ago | link

I haven't looked at gandi.net before, their prices are reasonable and they have a very clean layout.

Unfortunately, the second I noticed their motto (no bullshit) I realized I cannot use them for our clients. Sigh :(

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resistor3672 184 days ago | link

Ok, full disclosure: I work for Gandi. We realize that motto is something you can't say on the radio, but it's so true, we just have to say it. We are a small, tough, smart company, the kind we want to work for. We do offer a full API for resellers, so you could white-box the solution if you wanted.

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meritt 185 days ago | link

I've been using site5.com for a few years now for this sort of hosting (small clients & family/friends). I've been happy with them.

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patrickdavey 185 days ago | link

Definitely agree with this one. I'm just using their $110 USD offering - as many sites as I like, databases, ssh access... git, can deploy rails apps too if needed.

At somepoint I'll have to get down and learn how to properly secure a box and go with Digital Ocean I suspect - but site5 definitely hits the spot for me in the meantime.

Also, their support is fast and excellent.

And no, I don't get any sort of commission or are employed by them :)

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antr 185 days ago | link

I'm now on the lookout too.

Early this year I already migrated 2 DV accounts due to poor customer service, now happily hosted Linode. Now I'll move 2 GS accounts for family and a close friend, but this is no Linode solution.

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ohashi 185 days ago | link

My startup tracks which web hosts people actually like and why. Take a look at the data: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/compare

It's hard to say which hosts are similar because MT is a hybrid between shared/cloud. I don't know any other hosts which have a similar mysql grid container that scales (except maybe Amazon RDS).

As far as dashboards most use cPanel or Plesk. If you don't like those, the field gets a lot smaller.

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akinder 185 days ago | link

I like Digital Ocean and Gandi.net

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c0ur7n3y 185 days ago | link

+1 for Gandi.net. Great experience with them.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

Also unlimited domain names and a huge amount of storage.

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rpicard 185 days ago | link

I really like Digital Ocean.

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

Matt from (mt) here. Sorry that you feel that way, but we assure everybody that it's a good thing. We're not making any major changes at the company, and we're going to have 10 times the resources to make better products.

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nwh 185 days ago | link

You missed the bit where GoDaddy is largely regarded as the scum of the Internet.

Their impossible interfaces, distasteful advertising, dark patterns regarding renewals and addon services, parking domains, and support for massively oppressing SOPA legislation all combine to make an absolutely awful brand image.

You've pretty much just destroyed the quite nice reputation (mt) had as a solid, premium hosting provider.

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

We are well aware of their past, but we're also well aware of what they've been doing to improve their business. Check out our FAQ http://weblog.mediatemple.net/2013/10/15/faqs-about-the-goda...

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nwh 185 days ago | link

Ugh. There's even some sly wording in that blog post too.

⁢⁢ > Will you be sharing my personal & financial information with GoDaddy?

 > Your personal and financial information stays securely in our system. No third-party vendors will ever have access to it, which has always been our practice.

Doesn't quite answer the question, so I'll have to assume (as other commenters did there too) that you will be sharing information with Godaddy, otherwise it would have been expressly denied. "Our" means the shared companies in this case.

 > We are well aware of their past, but we're also well aware of what they've been doing to improve their business.

I'd still avoid combining my premium brand with one that used "godaddy girls" to promote their products.

NSFW. Can't believe I just had to write that.

http://i.imgur.com/z2P21XT.png

http://i.imgur.com/t1dkqhh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vEWqQIC.jpg

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ceejayoz 185 days ago | link

That bit stood out to me, too. GoDaddy isn't a third-party vendor, they're the owner, so the answer should be a plain "Yep, suck it!"

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

It stays within our system, but there may be some info exchanged. The extent of that share, I have not been filled in on, but I know it's not a complete data dump into Godaddy's databases.

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alxndr 185 days ago | link

That is exactly the kind of information that your customers want to know.

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modoc 185 days ago | link

So the FAQ response is a blatant duck/deception?

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

I'm not sure it was meant to deceive you, but at least we got it cleared up.

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ceejayoz 185 days ago | link

Cleared up for the folks who happen to be reading this comment thread. Maybe you should update the FAQ?

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nhangen 185 days ago | link

A 'rebranding' doesn't erase the past. This particular customer base is not foolish enough to fall for that one.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

Please just stop your community crisis management is just making this worse

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uptown 185 days ago | link

The problem with that sentence is that "their/they've" is now "our/we've".

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torartc 185 days ago | link

You aren't making your case any better.

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marveller 185 days ago | link

I am so glad I have moved all my domains out of GD. Was recommending TM for my customer, now I have to tell them to move out of TM ASAP, sad.

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uptown 185 days ago | link

What you may not appreciate is that the GoDaddy brand is toxic.

Whether it's your advertising, your support for SOPA, the check-out maze, or the ex-CEO killing elephants - it's a brand that many informed consumers have chosen not to do business with.

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harvestmoon 185 days ago | link

I hosted on GoDaddy. Not only was it excessively slow at times, but it was not secure. I would occasionally have security failures and viruses installed on the website.

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anu_gupta 185 days ago | link

It's not even about what GoDaddy plans to do with (mt). It's more about how lots of people feel about doing business with GoDaddy.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

No. Sure you get more money, but this is going to be absolutely toxic to your company culture. Now every employee at the company has to wake up and know that they're going to work at GoDaddy, a company that supported SOPA and PIPA a company that was founded by an obnoxious redneck who has a video blog of exploited blonde bimbos doing comedy shtick, a company that took a successful female NASCAR racer and exploited her as a sex object as their spokesperson, a company that outsources all of their customer service to India. The list goes on and on. Who's going to feel good about working there after that?

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jamesbritt 185 days ago | link

I'm pretty sure the female NASCAR driver was a knowing and willing participant who received compensation for her actions. So, not exploited.

Not that this discounts the scummery of GoDaddy.

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tyleregeto 185 days ago | link

I think for many people its a moral choice. It doesn't mater how it affects MediaTemple as a service, they'll just plain refuse to support the parent company, and good on them for that.

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alecsmart1 185 days ago | link

It's great that you'll have more funds. But you are associating yourself with a very negative company. I'll give you a simple example why I hate GoDaddy. About a year ago, some affiliate of our product sent an email to a potential client who reported it as SPAM. Since our domain was bought on GoDaddy, GD sent us a threatening letter saying we have to pay $X upfront to continue to use their services or $Y (about $200) to move to another host. This was no short of blackmail. We tried to explain but it was of no use. We Googled further and found hundreds of other victims.

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eropple 185 days ago | link

You're making a major change: you're making my money go to a company I will not under any circumstances support.

I'll be canceling my MT hosting as soon as possible.

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mildtrepidation 185 days ago | link

If you believe that, then for your sake, I hope you're right. But this is worse than being acquired by Yahoo; the product may last longer, but it's immediately lost so much good will that whatever leverage that brought to the table with GoDaddy is not likely to last long.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

Bullshit.

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pc86 185 days ago | link

Thank you for the thoughtful contribution.

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tomelders 185 days ago | link

Well, the results are in, everybody hates GoDaddy, although that can't be surprising to you, and I have to agree with the sentiment, they're a very scummy company.

I'll be honest, from the outside looking in it looks like MT has sold out to cash in.

Surely you were aware of their reputation and their standing in the development community? I have to ask, how much did you consider what the reaction to this news would be before you signed on the line with them?

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jpea 185 days ago | link

At least they signed on the line before the news broke. And hope that it was a cash-only deal, since the value had probably dropped once that went to the wire.

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ebbv 185 days ago | link

When's your first elephant hunting safari planned?

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scott_karana 185 days ago | link

I'm sorry, but what does an ex-CEO's personal hobby have to do with the way the business is run? I'm sure a shockingly high amount of other CEOs have had African safari and have taken elephants, distasteful as that may be.

GoDaddy has offered us a ton of ammo with which to criticize them professionally, so let's not get into personal ad hominem attacks.

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ebbv 185 days ago | link

First off, it was obviously a joke.

Secondly, maybe you've never seen the video but there's GoDaddy hats and shirts and shit all over it. He's the one who tied the business to it.

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scott_karana 185 days ago | link

Whoops, my misunderstanding then! :)

I also didn't realize GoDaddy was explicitly shown, so I stand corrected on all points.

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ebbv 185 days ago | link

He also originally posted the video on the GoDaddy blog.

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sandstrom 185 days ago | link

I agree that there are other (more valid) points on which to criticise them.

However, Bob Parson is still chairman and the largest individual shareholder. I can see why people may not want to support him financially [based on principles, he's rich already].

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codereflection 185 days ago | link

I wonder how this is going to affect the jquery.com site, which has been hosted on MT forever.

I have a strong hatred for GoDaddy, and will never consider Media Temple for any of their services now. Sorry MT guys, I just hate GoDaddy THAT much.

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

I get where the strong feelings come from, but time does change things (be it better or worse). We think they are going in the right direction, and we're going to work on getting even better.

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ISeemToBeAVerb 185 days ago | link

The thing is, you are who you associate yourself with.

Until GoDaddy actually proves they've turned a new leaf, I think you're going to have a hard time convincing your customers (myself included) that this acquisition is about anything other than money.

It takes momentous effort to turn around a notoriously bad brand, and with such fierce competition, there will need to be some serious benefits to convince me to stick with MT.

Truth be told, if your service is comparable to other services, I'd rather not give my money to a company owned by GoDaddy.

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

I see where you are coming from, and money is definitely important. That cash flow is going to help us build our staff and our products. We understand the skepticism, but we are working on making things a lot better here.

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astrowilliam 185 days ago | link

Speaking as an independent web developer and having hosted with MT in the past with a higher level product, I can tell you that I will not be coming back any time soon.

I am going to take the wait and see approach as I don't trust GoDaddy.

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codereflection 185 days ago | link

It's good that you guys are at least seeing these reactions right up front, so you can hopefully make some headway in restoring faith. There have been many such acquisitions that the public frowned upon, but ended up not being so bad after all (for example, when Salesforce bought Heroku). Best of luck to you.

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jmduke 185 days ago | link

Makes sense. GoDaddy's been trying to rebrand pretty heavily, what with the redesign, new marketing push, etc., and the article frames MT as a company that isn't exactly doing great financially.

Pretty boggling statistic: GoDaddy has four thousand employees. Twitter has around half that.

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MartinCron 185 days ago | link

I didn't even know that GoDaddy was doing a redesign and new marketing push. I went to their site and was happy to see fewer bikini girls. However, in the about us, they still sound like they're trying to be brogrammer central:

Like a Stanford dorm room on steroids, our Sunnyvale office is 40,000 square-feet of Bay Area badassery, brimming with some of the biggest brains on the planet, dreaming up digital masterpieces and keeping time in agile sprints.

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Yhippa 185 days ago | link

These guys sound like the Hooters of the technology world.

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josefresco 185 days ago | link

Not mind boggling when you realize that GD actually sells stuff. Therefore they have sales, support etc. Twitter while popular, is only now starting to actually sell "stuff" ie advertising.

Look at Groupon as an example of real world staffing gone awry.

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jmduke 185 days ago | link

Absolutely. I'm not particularly familiar with which of GoDaddy's offerings require high-touch sales (I've used them for domains a couple of times), though I'm sure they exist.

Similarly, I'm not gonna be surprised to see a post-IPO Twitter start pumping resources into their sales departments as well. A lot of their high-value partnerships and channels are going to require a little bit more personality than what they've put into the current Twitter Ads offering.

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winslow 185 days ago | link

I didn't realize they were re-branding. I just looked at their site for the first time in a while and their rendition of the "flat ui" craze looks horrible in my opinion.

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jjoe 185 days ago | link

What about your CEO/co-founder Demian Sellfors?

Demian’s succession plan has been a long time in the making. In fact, Demian engineered the company’s strategy resulting in this acquisition. About a year and a half ago. Demian handpicked Russell P. Reeder to run the company. Both have been intimately involved with this acquisition. Demian will be shifting his focus to other projects, but his dream for (mt) to be the most trusted company in the world is still very much alive.

What about the other co-founder, John Carey?

John Carey, (mt)’s co-founder and CFO, is transitioning out of (mt) as part of the acquisition. He has also been intimately involved with the strategy as well. This is something he’s been planning for and thinking about for some time.

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izolate 185 days ago | link

This is the most revealing part of the press release. The founders wanted to cash out. Let's not pretend this acquisition has everyone's best interests at heart. It only benefits GoDaddy and MT's founders, everyone else gets to witness the end of MT.

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jjoe 185 days ago | link

Not so coincidentally placed at the end of the FAQ. But I'm certain they've both sacrificed a lot throughout the years. That's almost 16 non-stop years of running MT. It's a well deserved break in my opinion.

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Tassels 185 days ago | link

They're sticking with virb. Check out http://blog.virb.com/post/64122176288/big-news-from-virb

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mikeleeorg 184 days ago | link

This right here is the real story, I'm guessing. Can't say I blame them either. They probably wanted to move on and needed a soft landing spot for (mt). So after months of shopping around, GoDaddy perhaps made the sweetest deal.

Congrats to Virb and the founders next chapter there! This is the first I've heard of it and it sounds like a pretty neat service.

And good luck the team left at (mt) for managing what is going to be quite a storm of negative sentiment and customer departures.

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josefresco 185 days ago | link

For all those here suggestion small alternate hosts, accompanied by their anecdotal positive experience remember that your favorite host is probably one fat check away from selling out just like MT. In fact, most web hosting models are built from the ground up to eventually get swallowed (acquired) but a larger hosting fish.

I've been through several hosting buyouts with my clients over the last 13 years and none have ended well. Even after the dust settles, the "New Company" almost always loses it's original formula for success and with it, it's original customers.

Lessons learned: Host with bigger hosts less likely to be snapped up. Diversify your client hosting providers so one botched buyout will not sink you.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

Yea exactly. You just can't win with a small host provider. They will always get acquired. Always. Though I did get the sense that MT was large enough to stay independent. Really uncomfortable feeling knowing its GoDaddy now

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ohashi 185 days ago | link

Another problem with small hosts is small sample size. Hosting is an odd product that everything is good until it's not. Many/most people never really have any sort of 'experience' with their hosting company. Which ends up as a default neutral/positive opinion. But it's really when there's some sort of incident that the real quality of a company comes out. Until a host is big enough, there generally aren't enough incidents and data points to say much about them.

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

I totally agree with @recusancy, this is the worst news I've heard all day...I absolutely despise GoDaddy and everything they represent.

Who should I switch to? Just have some WordPress site hosted on MediaTemple mostly...

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anu_gupta 185 days ago | link

Depends on how much you want to pay, and exactly how much control you want, but one of these should sort you out.

* WPEngine

* Linode

* Bytemark (Big V)

* Rackspace Cloud

* DigitalOcean

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mitchwainer 185 days ago | link

We just issued a $10 promo code today on Twitter for anyone that is interested in trying out DigitalOcean. Promo Code: DIVEIN10

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slig 185 days ago | link

I created an account and entered the promo code. Will the credit in my account expire? I'm asking because I'll only have time to play with DO in a couple of months.

Thanks!

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kmlymi 185 days ago | link

I'm very happy with the service, and I would recommend it to anyone who's a bit more capable in configuring their needs.

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thenomad 185 days ago | link

Just second-opinioning this one: I've run Wordpress sites on WPEngine (awesome, just awesome) and Linode (great servers, obviously don't have the complete-hassle-removal factor of WPEngine).

I've run other sites on DigitalOcean (superb) and BigV (been a client of theirs for a decade now - also superb).

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dotBen 185 days ago | link

one of the founders of WP Engine here - just wanted to thank you for your kind words.

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thenomad 185 days ago | link

No worries - your service kicks ass. I like not having to manage my WP installs :)

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resistor3672 184 days ago | link

Just FYI, Gandi.net is also offering a free "Simple Hosting" virtual instance for a month with code NODADDY. Size "S", valid for a week.

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obituary_latte 185 days ago | link

+1 here for Rackspace mostly due to their excellent support. They seem to have a dedicated WP offering[0].

Have also heard mostly good things about Linode (exception[1]), but don't have personal experience with them.

[0]http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/sites/web-hosting/wordpress/

[1]https://blog.linode.com/2013/04/16/security-incident-update/

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acallaghan 185 days ago | link

Digital Ocean by a country mile, they come with a Wordpress image ready set-up for you, will cost $5 a month for an excellent webserver. I host 4 different Rails sites, and a Wordpress Network of 7 sites there, all running v well.

My referral link: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=1ecc21b66a25

Edit: Note, I don't run all of those sites on the same server, that'd be silly.

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atourgates 185 days ago | link

If you're looking for WP hosting without the need to manage a server, we've been having a good experience with Synthesis' managed Wordpress hosting: http://websynthesis.com/

The only downside is that since their pricing is based on the number of domains/installs ($27 for a single domain/install), it'll get pricy for multiple small WP sites on a single account.

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acallaghan 185 days ago | link

Yeah is a little pricey, but may be what OP was looking for.

The probably don't allow a WP network with multiple other sites CNAMEd to subdomains, which is how I'm set up. It's a little sticky to setup, but you have a free wordpress.org afterwards effectively, which is great for all my friend's and family's pet projects and mini sites.

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thenomad 185 days ago | link

Interesting, I didn't know that. What's the WP image based off? (OS, web server, reverse proxies, etc)

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acallaghan 185 days ago | link

It's running Ubuntu 12.10, nginx and PHP5 FPM - I can't remember if FPM came preinstalled or not though.

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ohashi 185 days ago | link

If you are starting to research your options you may find the data my startup publishes useful: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/compare

It tracks what people are saying about many of the big hosting providers on Twitter and analyzes what people like/don't like about them.

As far as anu_gupta's recommendations, I have data on 4/5:

Digital Ocean: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/101/digitalocean/

Linode: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/24/linode/

WPEngine: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/103/wpengine/

RackSpace: http://reviewsignal.com/webhosting/company/21/rackspace/

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

Thanks, this is really helpful!

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ohashi 184 days ago | link

You're welcome :)

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MartinCron 185 days ago | link

If it's just some WordPress site, nobody is better at running WordPress than WordPress.

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mtMattNL 185 days ago | link

We knew that a lot of our current customers might have a negative response towards this. Like somebody said above, GoDaddy has made some pretty big changes in the past year. With this new acquisition we're hoping for bigger and better things for (mt), especially when it comes to new product lines.

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rwhitman 185 days ago | link

You're never going to win our hearts or minds here. MT is dead to me now.

There is no one web technology professionals hate more in the world than GoDaddy. I can't think of a vendor I despise more.

Also I'm an MT customer of 8 years and probably referred tens of thousands of business to MT over the last decade. Dead to me. Thats how much I hate GoDaddy.

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larrys 185 days ago | link

"There is no one web technology professionals hate more in the world than GoDaddy."

By the way back in the day, before there was a godaddy and during godaddy's rise to "power" that crown (as a despired domain registrar) went to Network Solutions.

I wonder how many HN'ers are aware of that?

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chrismonsanto 185 days ago | link

What was weird about Network Solutions was that they were much more expensive than their competitors, yet much worse than their competitors. I didn't know anyone who used them, and I'm surprised to learn that they still exist.

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icedchai 185 days ago | link

Seriously? Network Solutions was the original domain registrar.

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larrys 185 days ago | link

Original and only prior to ICANN.

Original price of a domain: free

Next price point a bit later $100: 2 years min ($50 per year)

Next a bit later $70: 2 years min ($35 per year)

Then came competition and prices dropped.

Little known fact: The first registrars that were accredited had to certify that they had no criminal record (any of the officers) and had to be a corporation and post $100,000 bond as well as other hurdles which were all put in place by Network Solutions to limit competition.

Out of NSI came Verisign which had to erect a "chinese wall" (iirc) in order to separate the "registry" from the "registrar". Verisign of course ended up selling off NS.

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icedchai 184 days ago | link

I remember calling up Network Solutions on the phone to pay for a domain, because they had no e-commerce functionality! This was around 1997ish. I had several "free" domains from the 1993-94 era.

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larrys 184 days ago | link

Yep and they sent out these paper invoices and gave people credit when they registered. So much profit they could afford to not get paid in many cases once they started to charge for the domains. I also remember (as I'm sure you) some billings going out with ads for branded tshirts with their name on it and some other swag.

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ktsmith 185 days ago | link

I still don't like Network Solutions but it's so rare that I run into anyone using their services it has become a non issue.

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tcdent 185 days ago | link

I think you'll find the negative response from developers to be way larger than you anticipated. (Otherwise, you probably wouldn't have gone through with this.)

I still respected MT for their independence, even if the service was unbearable for a few years there. You were just starting to earn a good reputation again, now you're right back in the dark days.

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

Sure, as someone above mentioned though, unfortunately GoDaddy is a toxic brand. I do NOT want to be associated with a brand that doesn't support net neutrality and was in favor of SOPA and PIPA. I'm sure you guys will do fine anyway, but I'm pretty sad I'm going to probably have to abandon MediaTemple in the long run....

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dublinben 185 days ago | link

Depending on your usage, you should check out ASmallOrange.com and NearlyFreeSpeech.net. They're both very cost effective options for personal sites.

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codereflection 185 days ago | link

Checkout http://ghost.org/, which just opened to the public, if all you're doing with WP is blogging. Otherwise you may want to consider signing up on Wordpress.com, which isn't all that bad (just very limited in configurability).

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

I actually just wrote a blog post on Ghost! http://blog.zfeldman.com/2013-10-15-i-ain-t-fraid-of-no-ghos...

It's really cool but I don't think it's ready for primetime yet.

I want to be able to host static sites and WordPress all from one hosting account with great support and features. Seems like MediaTemple was the only service to offer that...

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billturner 185 days ago | link

Your post looks good, but why do you link to your twitter post, which links back to a HN submission, which finally links to the post on your site? Can you not just point directly to it?

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

Haha sorry about that, things got a little mixed up! That's just the fastest way I could find it...will more directly link in the future. I don't think you can edit HN posts?

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thebiglebrewski 185 days ago | link

Edited!!!! Thanks

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codereflection 185 days ago | link

Ah, cool. Maybe consider AWS or Azure then?

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torartc 185 days ago | link

I'm looking to move too. I'd really like a good suggestion as to where to move my sites.

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lolololololo 185 days ago | link

they have cheap SSD plans, being there for months and it just works https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=49b5b50accae

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ChrisNorstrom 185 days ago | link

I wanted to check out Media Temple as a long term host but after this.... I guess I'll stick with 1and1. I've been with 1and1 for almost 10 years. They're not perfect but they're more than satisfactory for me. When the traffic to my websites on my shared hosting grew they automatically moved me to a better more resource free server instead of forcing me to upgrade to virtual or dedicated servers. They're charging $14 per .com so do NOT register domains with them. Use NameCheap.com for that.

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