Best Host for 50+ WP Installs?

I currently have 20 WP installs running on a BlueHost VPS for $60 per moth. I've been with BlueHost for years and have no complaints (call me lucky). Soon, my site count will be up to 50+ WP installs (and will be managed with InfiniteWP). These are all very low traffic niche sites (avg under 100 visits per day, per site).

What I care about most of all is the simple need that the sites stay up. I don't have the speed fetish of most folks (especially for these low-volume sites). Phone and live chat support has been helpful from BlueHost, but that's not a big concern because I will soon be outsourcing all my WP install and server maintenance tasks.

I'd love to get on the WP Engine bandwagon, but it's just too expensive for 50+ installs. Synthesis also appears to be too expensive for 50+ installs. I've also been recommended to use Digital Ocean, who are certainly great on pricing.

With all that said, what host (that I mentioned of any other) would you choose and why?

  • Ash

    Hello there

    Welcome to WPMU community!

    I hope you are well today and thanks for asking the question.

    You should go with a dedicated server as Wordpress is a very resource eating application. having all the processing power and ram of a good dedicated server would make lots of difference.

    MediaTemple and 1&1 is good I think. Also, you can take a look on Immotion hosting. Follow the link here: http://www.besthosting365.com/best-dedicated-web-hosting

    Hope it helps! Please feel free to ask more question if you have.

    Cheers
    Ash

  • James Dunn

    I'd have to disagree with @Ashok on 1and1 - I was with them for about five years, but then they became NOTHING BUT HEADACHES for me. Then, when I left them, they continued to rack up charges for my account that I no longer had with them claiming that I hadn't informed them that I was leaving them (which I did in no uncertain terms). But, they waited for about 16 months of the charges not being paid on the card they had on file because I had changed banks at the same time as I made my move. They didn't contact me the first month (or even the second month) that the card was refused. They waited for 16 months until I had racked up several hundred dollars in "unpaid costs" and then as I argued with them that I didn't owe them because I had cancelled my service, they finally turned it over to a collection agency. To date I've never paid the bill and never will. When my construction business failed due to the loan debacle in 2008, I simply discharged the debt in bankruptcy along with all the other debts. 1and1 (and their collection agency) continued to contact me saying that I couldn't discharge the debt as it was a service. It took several letters from my attorney to get them to stop contacting me. I am not the type to sue anyone, but I should have sued them for that garbage. So, basically, I have a strong bias against 1and1.

    Media Temple I know nothing about, so I can't comment either way. However, I do use http://wpmu-hosting.org/ and have been with them for several years. I manage about 85 websites right now on a Dynamic VPS. I have never been dissatisfied with the speed, the service, and the capabilities that I have. Plus, it's very competitive to other hosting services that I've looked in to.

    BTW, another one that I would recommend against is FastHosts. Not that they are bad, but I could not do everything that I needed to do using their hosting. Certain scripts that I wanted to run were not allowed on their VPS systems and the only way around it was a Dedicated Server - way out of my desired cost range.

    Good luck with your quest. A host is like a spouse. A good one is worth their weight in gold. A bad one can be the worst experience of your life.

  • Gregg

    Brutal story, @James Dunn. Thanks for the input.

    You know, I keep thinking I should "upgrade" from BlueHost because of all these new WP installs I have on the horizon. But, for as much as devs & IT's give me the gag face when I say they're my host, they've given me 10 years of few issues I can think of. And I've had none since I moved to their VPS last month. Even that was painless. Plus, I've had nothing but perfect experiences over the years when I've had to call or chat to ask a questions. Hell, I was on a WP Engine site tonight that was flaking out, so I guess bad things can happen with any host.

    Maybe I should shake off the need for change, stick with what's been working and knock on wood that my luck continues.

    Cheers.

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