I'm getting set to go into a closed beta on Endless Empires and want to move from my low end hosting solution (Dreamhost) to something more stable that can also scale. A friend in the business recommended Media Temple and, at first blush, it looks like a straight forward answer that I will be implementing this week after a phone call to them.
Anybody know a good reason to use something else or have a bad experience with MT? My needs are seamlessly scalable and to be able to send large #'s of emails an hour.
I suppose you know very well webhostingtalk.com , and you are looking for other kind of info. I have heard this company is very reliable (am not asociated in any way), but also very expensive. But you mentioned you wanted to scale, I don't know how much. I have heard very nice things too from Liquid Web.
We use Total Choice Hosting. They don't strike me as being too cheap, but they've given truly excellent support. A few times for different things we've been skyping someone directly within 5 minutes, with a resolution 5 minutes after. And none of those were for things that were their fault. (One was adding SSL certificate for example).
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I've decided to go with Liquid Web (I used Mike's link from a # of years back so IndieGamer should get a commission).
I'll report in on how the process went after I'm live on my new dedicated server.
A relatively painless process! I paid a server knowledgeable friend for an hour to help me get the basics sorted, one email from Liquid Web support and everything appears to be working. With one exception.
If you access the site through a secure link, ie. https://www.rustyaxe.com you get an error. I believe I can pay $50 a year to make this go away - does anybody have an opinion on if this is worth it?
I know it sounds flippant but it depends if you're planning on using SSL at all on your site.
If you're worried people will type in https then I would say no, if you want to secure your domain from packet sniffing (e.g. running ecommerce or you want to protect app to server communications) then yes you do.
If you don't need it then you can just do a simple redirect to your http site using .htaccess (example here: http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=170083 )
If you do, and the hosts will let you install your own certificate, then you can pick up a cheap ssl for around $9 / year if you look around.
You should only need a single domain validation cert which can be found cheaply.
Disclaimer: I'm not an ssl expert, I've just run a couple of server based games for several years and been hired a few times to work on the server side for other game devs so have little experience in the area.
So take my views with a pinch of forum salt ;-)
I'm on Namecheap since many years, I love their support service, they are always very gentle and skilled.
I can't recommend a different company and I don't earn anything telling so. It's just the truth.