Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
A little background on our guest today
Jeff Starr (blog at Perishable Press, Twitter @Perishable) is the go-to guy when you have a problem with your WordPress blog. An editor, a book author, a web developer, and a well-recognized WordPress guru – Jeff has influenced and helped thousands, if not more, of bloggers and web developers with his writing.
In today’s blogger interview, we are honored to have Jeff Starr as our guest to share his experience and advice in web hosting. Without further ado, we present our interview with this very talented and fascinating WP expert.
I am a professional designer, developer and author with a new book called the Tao of WordPress. It contains the sum of my 8+ years working with WordPress all boiled down into a focused guide for beginners and users. It covers the entire process of building awesome sites with WordPress, including everything from hosting and configuration to security, optimization, customization and beyond. I hope that you will check it out.
Yes, very happy with Media Temple.
Moving around from host to host over the course of my 10+ years online, I’ve found Media Temple to provide affordable, awesome hosting and excellent customer service.
It was around 2009 and I had been hosted at “A Small Orange” (on a shared server) for a couple of years.
The servers were inconsistent and the support staff (with an exception or two) was pretty horrible, so I finally got fed up and decided to find something better. After much research I finally chose Media Temple because of their reported 1) consistency/uptime, 2) excellent customer service, 3) not too crazy expensive pricing. So at that time I stepped up from mediocre shared hosting to Media Temple’s VPS (dv) hosting.
I’ve been happy ever since.
Well the thing to keep in mind is that Perishable Press is just one of my 12 or so websites.. they all reside on the same server, and collectively consume a LOT of resources.
Without stating any specific numbers, the amount I pay per month to host my entire collection of projects and sites is around $100 or so. Actually, I’m glad you asked this question because it gets me thinking that I need to look again a bit closer at my current setup and maybe reevaluate things.
Stay current, stay informed, don’t get lazy, don’t assume anything, double-check everything, don’t use pirated plugins/themes/scripts/etc., keep an eye on server logs, and scan/monitor everything.
In short, know thy server.
Beyond those key steps, I install my 6G Blacklist and keep a close eye on traffic/server/error logs. I’m virtually sitting right there in front of my sites, watching everything that happens. Someone/something even looks sideways and they’re blocked in less than 3 seconds. I love security, and encourage anyone who is serious about online success to spend some quality time getting into it. It’s good for your site, and hey it can be a lot of fun stopping the bad guys.
Thank you for the interview!
Jerry’s Side Note
If you wish to know more about Jeff Starr, here are the links again. Read Jeff’s blog at Perishable Press, follow him on Twitter @Perishable, and also check out his new project at the Tao of WordPress. Got question? Like this interview? Support us by leaving a comment below!