UPDATE: April 23, 2008. We wanted you to know this Urban Semiotic blog — and all of David W. Boles’ domains and blogs
are now solely hosted by Pair Networks! We will update this article as circumstances demand and we’ll leave this article online to protect the
chain of understanding.
One of the signs of insanity is doing the same habit of action over and over and over again while expecting a different result each time. This time, however, I think I have broken free of expectation by beating my head against the Grid Sharing Theory of Website Hosting wall one too many times.
After three months of struggling to overcome the limits of Mosso hosting, I decided last night to move back to our old favorite — Media Temple — and my previous Dedicated-Virtual (dv) hosting setup:
moved back to Media Temple after trying Media Temple’s Grid System for
$20.00 USD a month and hating it and then Mosso’s “Grid” system of
hybrid hosting for $100.00 USD a month and hating it even more.
I now have — for $50.00 USD a month
— my own Dedicated-Virtual server again. That means I don’t have to
share resources with others users. What is mine is mine.
control my destiny and my destruction. Plesk 8.1 isn’t all that bad. I
like having total control again over my websites. I’m also now paying
half the price for double the performance!
Through this experience of webhost hopping, I am totally unconvinced
any sort of shared Grid System is a good idea for webhosting. You are
forced to live with bad neighbors who adversely affect your little
The speed is lackluster.
I also find the page load response time for any sort of shared site —
even static HTML pages — is atrocious. You also have to make sure you
“wake up” your site before getting anything to load with a semblance of
Load times for pages on my new (dv) 3 Media Temple system have dropped
from 10-15 seconds on Mosso to less than a half second to 4 seconds on
All my sites have been moved to Media Temple again and — if DNS
propagation has happened where you are — you can test the speed by
clicking on some of the links below:
you have to give up something to realize the value you held in your
hands and found in your fingers.
I didn’t realize what a golden setup I had with Media Temple’s (dv) 2
hosting and if Media Temple had an invisible upgrade path to their (dv)
3 server setup — which I understand they now have in place for easy
migration — I never would have left in the first place.
Oh, Media Temple, how we have missed you so!
Our DNS is probably still propagating today in some areas of the world
so some of the images on this site might come and go — don’t fear what
you cannot see!
Feel free to ask questions, chat, change the subject and be provocative
We’re celebrating our newfound speed and freedom again!