Hosting Drupal on MediaTemple's Grid Service

Hosting Drupal on MediaTemple's Grid Service

In this, my first screencast, I perform a basic speedtest of a Drupal 7 site on MediaTemple and BlueHost.

Over the years I've been very happy with my hosting provider, MediaTemple. They have some unique product offerings, their documentation is extensive, and their support teams are incredibly helpful. Not only that, but I live just a few short miles from their offices and datacenter, and I love to suppport local businesses.

However, Drupal has some specific needs when it comes to MySQL support, where it appears MediaTemple's Grid Service shared hosting plan is just not up to snuff. This screencast shows the results of my speedtest comparisons as I access the exact same Drupal 7 site installed on both MediaTemple and BlueHost.

Update: This can be improved by changing Drupal MySQL tables from InnoDB to MyISAM on MediaTemple Grid Server installs.



the problem is media temple, they use MySQL Engines: MyISAM and drupal is designed to use InnoDB..
Media temple uses MyISAM To save memory.. don't ask me why they are being cheap... but they are offering the same service as, lets say GoDaddy and charging the customer premium price. that is a rip off if you ask me.

- brodster (not verified)

You're right that the problem is MediaTemple's configuration, however they are using both MyISAM and InnoDB (otherwise InnoDB tables wouldn't be able to install on MT's servers to begin with). However, whatever their optimization process has been for their cloud-MySQL servers has resulted in poor InnoDB performance.

- Anthony McLin

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