I've been doing months of research, I'm giving up and just asking what others use/recommend.
Right now I'm running a multisite install. The main site is currently just a landing page. There is one site running on it with at most a few hundred visits per day.
I'm hoping to expand this throughout 2012 to 100 sites most likely with similar traffic.
I was on a Hostgator reseller account. It was slow on the admin side and they kept shutting down my account due to "resource load". They'd tell me to change my caching plugin from whatever I was running to a different one. I'd do that, they'd reactivate me, then we'd repeat the dance in a month or so. They told me a VPS would be better, so I upgraded...
The Hostgator VPS has been nothing but problems from day one. No faster. More outages. Now they're telling me I should go with a reseller plan since that actually gets me more system resources. I explained I was just on a reseller plan, they did the digita equivalent of shrugging.
I inquired with psek since they come recommended here and they told me based on my description of current usage & growth that I should start with a $375/month dedicated account. Since I'm not making any money off my network at the moment, I really can't justify that. They told me that any add-on sites (via the domain mapping plugin) would count towards domain counts on their plans (even plans that don't list domain limits on their web site apparently do have limits).
I just want what everybody wants: fast, reasonable storage/bandwidth, plays well with WordPress multisite and reasonably priced (~$35/month starting). I'd prefer somewhere that has plans from there all the way up to dedicated should my project take off. And fully managed with good support so I don't have to deal with servers.
Is there a crowd favorite these days?