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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

I am frustrated to no end with my current hosting provider, mediaTemple. Yes, they are flashy, and have some decent degree of flexibility with their GS plan, which I have. But anytime I install a site that needs a database, it is slow. like really slow. Taking anywhere from 10 - 15 seconds just to load a page.

I would host in house, but there are a lot of complications that come with a LAMP server that I don't want to deal with. Honestly, I'd rather spend the time developing.

What can you recommend?

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    Are you sure it is the database server and not something else on the server or the code? What kind of benchmarking have you done?
    – John Conde
    Feb 10, 2011 at 23:11
  • This is always an issue with mediaTemple. Whether I install wordpress, drupal, or write a simple script such as user registration, it is extremely slow. I've had MT for 2 years and thought that maybe it was me... doesn't seem to be the case. Feb 10, 2011 at 23:14
  • I've run trace route on multiple domains to see if that was the case for slowness, no tests other than that. Feb 10, 2011 at 23:14

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You're load times might come from your bandwidth allowance.

Host Monster
Web Faction

I've used Host Monster for all of my projects. It has a huge bandwidth allowance including up to 5 Tb of storage, and it's pretty cheap.


I use hostek.com to host dozens of my sites. I run ColdFusion 9 and SQL Server, but they have many other configurations available, including PHP and MySQL.

I have a developer account. I get five distinct sites for $25 per month. Each sites gets its own database. Additional sites are like $4 each.

I have had zero issues with the company over the course of a year.

You can check one of my sites out here:


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