I’ve got a bit tired of Media Temple’s GS and it’s latency in the WP admin. You my dear readers that aren’t logged in see a fast site but when I’m writing posts or doing any admin stuff – dang it’s slow. That also goes for me when I’m logged in and am looking at the site.

On top of that I’ve had huge spikes in GPU usage tied somehow to 404 errors on wp-cron.php. I’ve been lucky and haven’t got a bill for $500 but a few of my clients have. Nothing has changed on any site except moving to WP 3.5.

Over the next week I’ll be moving the site to WPEngine. I’ve been thinking about a WP only host for a while and this GPU stuff (and supports inability to track it down with me on client sites) was the final push I needed.

Media Temple has been great for 3 years, but it’s time to move on.

The plan is that you don’t notice and I’m letting you know just in case things don’t go according to plan.

6 responses to “Moving on from Media Temple”

  1. John Parris Avatar
    John Parris

    Good move. One thing on notice on your site, and on other sites that I know of running on GS, is the very noticeable delay in server response on initial load. It also happens on subsequent page loads if more than a couple seconds have lapsed since last page load. It’s like they’re killing the web processes very quickly and it takes too long to fire up more to serve requests. Very painful since we’re all getting very used to snappy sites.

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      As I said above, when you were logged in it happened on every page load. MT was great for quite a while but WPEngine is super fast.

      Took a few hours to get all the DNS stuff moved (watched pot and all) but I’m happy it’s done.

  2. John Parris Avatar
    John Parris

    I’ve never created an account, so I’ve never been logged in. Something is going on at MT lately, as I had a customer who uses them and the time to first response is often 3-5 seconds, whether logged in or not. I wonder why you were experiencing something different. Cache maybe? WP Engine looks great. I hope you do some sort of review or write up about your experiences at some point.

    1. (mt) Sara Avatar

      Have you been in touch with support re: the response time? There are a number of things that can cause latency, often times related to plugins or caching. Our CloudTech team can do some in depth troubleshooting if you’re having trouble figuring it out. Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!

  3. (mt) Sara Avatar

    Hey Curtis,

    We never heard from you re: the issues with support but we’d still love to have a chat. We have thousands of WP sites running on the Grid without issue, and there are a number of troubleshooting processes that can be done to figure out why you or anyone might be having performance issues. We really hope to be able to help you do this if you continue to have problems.

    I should note that, there are upcoming performance enhancements coming to the Grid this week that would be sure to make a difference in speed, even with a lack of optimization of plugins or caching.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      I DM’d with support a bunch and there are a few tickets/forum posts on it.