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I have a problem. One that is a good problem to have.

Our post about the crazy addictive music streaming site got retweeted by Robert Scoble.

When that happened a good number of his 190,000 Twitter followers headed to this site.

Now, I’ve had the pleasure of being listed and referred to on large new organizations before (our Sacramento Kings and Klout post on INFOtainment News here got picked up by ESPN and SportsbyBrooks). But this was different; with all that Scobleizer traffic and the stumbling from StumbleUpon – THE Tech Scoop ended up choking all over itself and started spewing database connection errors all over the place. Dealing with my current shared hosting service and trying to adjust database settings was not the way I wanted to spend my evening last night…

It’s great to finally be all grown up with our blogs, but that does bring me to my current predictament – I need to find a “real” hosting company to migrate the HicksNewMedia web presences to.

Who do you recommend? I’ve got a short list of organizations that I am familiar with and would like to get the feedback from our readership as to the new home for THE Tech Scoop.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Secure and Scalable WordPress. 2 minute setup and sweet Automatic upgrades & backups and the freedom to customize with themes & plugins of your choice. Powered by the most secure environment available.

Media Temple
Our grid hosting service is cluster-based, powered by hundreds of servers working in tandem to power your web sites, applications and email with unrivaled power and burstability.

We make software that helps you manage your online life. Squarespace is publishing redefined.

White Glove WordPress
By managing your WordPress install, we take care of things like automatic updates to the core, full security of plugins, and the actual servers you’re on. You never need to worry about an update breaking your site, or a custom plugin.

WordPress pre-configured for Speed
We configure the CDN (Content Delivery Network) for you, all our plans come with a content delivery network, and performance tweaks out of the box. You don’t need to spend time figuring out the right settings, or negotiating prices with content delivery networks, we’ve done all of that for you, and it’s included in the monthly cost from the get go.

These are my favorites, for one reason or another. What are your recommendations? Even if it’s not on the list, I’d love to get your feedback.


James Hicks

James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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