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What is the best Hosting Platform for a Drupal site?

I've heard a lot of conflicting opinions on this. According to your personal experience, which one would you recommend and why?

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Carlos Ospina
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Carlos Ospina Entrepreneur
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It depends on so many things. First how big is your site? Traffic? Type? Uptime, support needs? From this we can determine what is your best option.
Bill Lennan
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Bill Lennan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Red Rope Social
I've managed my own drupal install but if I was using it today I'd use Acquia

Marvin Schuldiner, MBA, APM
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Problem Solver at Sanns, LLC
I agree with Carlos Ospina. A more generalized answer: assuming you don't have a very low volume site (you can get away with shared hosting on that), I would look at a VPS (if you have the expertise to set up and maintain it) or specialized Drupal hosting services such as Pantheon. I personally have VPS's (Linode and Digital Ocean) since I can tweak the settings for my use cases.
Stephen Cataldo
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Stephen Cataldo Advisor
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I've had good results with Pantheon, especially if you are running a pretty straightforward Drupal site, not adding on lots of things where you would want to tweak the server. I'm a little worried that you're asking FD instead of your Drupal team or a Drupal site. Drupal is a great place to get in trouble -- it works really well if you spend entirely too much time learning the Drupal way of doing things, but I've seen it create a lot of bad surprises for small do-it-yourself projects.
Kodjo Hounnake
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Kodjo Hounnake Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO at PickUpLater
Thanks all. I really appreciate your insights
Anthony Miller
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Anthony Miller Advisor
President & CEO at millermedia7
We created a web application on Drupal and are very satisfied with Pantheon. They got some really nice dashboard features.
Tom Bisciglia
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Tom Bisciglia Entrepreneur
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The biggest advantage of Pantheon is a managed experience for moving sites through the dev, test, and live stages. Files and databases can be copied from one stage to another and are regularly backed up. It also works seamlessly with Git. For larger sites with a lot of developers, you can also use multidev, which allows you to create additional branched environments.

You definitely pay a lot more for Pantheon (or Acquia), so I'd only invest in it if you are using a team of programmers. It's overkill for one or two developers and will actually slow you down without providing much benefit intil you're using at least a small team

I personally use GoDaddy for all my shared and VPS server hosted Drupal sites. All hosts have horror stories about bad service (and I've read a few about GoDaddy too), but in my experience GoDaddy has competitive pricing and truly helpful tech support, even for very technical server questions. I do recommend a VPS if you can afford it, as Drupal and many libraries it uses require specific server extensions, which a shared hosting environment won't let you customize.

Let us know if you have followup questions!
Peter s Chalkley
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I would use a company like go daddy at the start and with what you are building I would look at the company below called Ocado. I wish you well hope it grow and you have a large tech team in place if it does.

Ocado: The online supermarket

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