For about a year now I have been running all of my projects on various mediatemple servers and while I have not had any trouble with the services I have always had to opt out of the upgrade program which essentially meant that I was paying a premium for a self-managed VPS. Last weekend I sat down and did some calculations and discovered that I would save a considerable amount of money by moving to slicehost and managing the servers myself. So as of last Sunday evening this website and all of my projects are on a Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy slice setup to my specifications.
One Last Fling with (gs)
Before I left Mediatemple I transferred everything from a (dv) to the (gs) just to see if the service had improved since I last tested around December. I’m pleased to report that the speed problems appear to have been resolved and they actually rivaled my (dv). There are still stability problems and a service will go down for a brief period of time (or more recently the entire grid). And although this is sadly the norm for shared hosting the (gs) was advertised to eliminate these points of failure. With that in mind it is still failing miserably at meeting my expectations
But enough of the negative review. I will just point out that my projects were only on the (gs) for a one week period and before that they were on a (dv) which was rock solid for me.
Why I chose slicehost
I don’t buy a service just because it’s cheap. I like to know the company behind the website and get a feeling that they are invested in the business and are passionate about what they do. Besides the cost savings, I chose slicehost for these reasons:
- The founders are actively involved with the community.
- Provide many community resources (articles, forums, wiki, chatroom), all of which give a sense of openness to the company.
- The control panel is no-frills and to the point. As nice as fancy designer websites are I would rather carry out interactions in a well organized responsive web application.
- They don’t oversell and try to make sales with unlimited bandwidth.
- They show you the load levels of the host server that your slice is on. This is very reassuring because you know how the server as a whole is doing, not just your little piece of it.