Media Temple’s been bought by GoDaddy. Here’s what you can do about it
For many years Media Temple was celebrated as one of the smaller web hosts that made a big impact for their customers. GoDaddy bought them in 2013 but they continued to operate as their own company, doing business their way and offering the service customers have long loved… but all of that is about to change.
If you haven’t heard, GoDaddy is folding the Media Temple brand and all customers will be forced to move over. For those looking for a hosting partner—not a new daddy—here’s how MT compares to our *favorite small-but-mighty web host.
The biggest difference between Media Temple and Pressable
Media Temple sold a wide variety of server setups, such as shared hosting, VPS, or dedicated servers. This was great news for people running a ton of sites with a variety of applications. If you wanted something special just for WordPress, they had their own managed WordPress plans, but nothing really changed at the server level.
At Pressable, all plans are on a cloud hosting platform that is custom-built for WordPress. You won’t find any other applications at Pressable—WordPress is everything to us.
When Media Temple is absorbed into GoDaddy, this distinction will be even sharper for people running WordPress sites. GoDaddy’s primary product isn’t even web hosting—it’s selling domains!
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Pressable is a managed WordPress host and only a managed WordPress host. This not only affects our infrastructure, it affects every aspect of our company culture. Every employee at Pressable is a WordPress user. Our team is keeping up with the latest WordPress advancements, features, and news. Some of us are contributors to the WordPress project. We not only know the intricacies of web hosting, we’re familiar with the ecosystem of WordPress plugins and themes, and any complications that may bring.
Why does that matter? You’ll see that in the security, support, and speed of our platform.
By the way, our speed and uptime lead the pack and we can prove it.
Tired of waiting on support?
Often when big companies like GoDaddy absorb a web host, the first thing they do to cut costs is cut back on support. Instead of waiting one minute for a response, it’s five or fifteen.
When they finally get through, the person they reach doesn’t really understand the issue, or they have to knock you up to the next support “tier,” leaving you waiting even longer. Instead of a team full of experts, you get routed to someone who is reading back scripted responses. This works if you have a basic question that can be answered by searching the web anyhow, but for a serious issue (like a site outage) minutes waiting in the queue are more than frustrating—they mean lost business and credibility.
Value that pays for itself
Like Pressable, Media Temple was the kind of host people often turned to once they’ve been burned by one of the bigger companies. That $4 web hosting is fine for a personal blog, but professional sites need reliability, scalability, and service that those bargain basement discounts can’t provide.
Moreover, these starter accounts lack many features that other hosts include. Our pricing is similar to Media Temple’s but without the upsells. For example, Media Temple limited daily backups to 1GB, if your site is bigger that would cost you. They claimed to include access to a CDN and web-application firewall, but this was an upsell of $19/month per site. We include these features in every plan. Their top support was only available during business hours, if you needed help at any other time that’s another upsell.
If GoDaddy bought Media Temple and so many others, what’s to stop them from acquiring Pressable too?
Oh, we were already acquired, didn’t you hear? Automattic, the company that helps make WordPress, picked us up in 2016. We’re so proud to be among the same company as WordPress.com, WordPress VIP, and Jetpack, because all the Automattic brands not only support the WordPress software, they stand by the open source community.
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