New hosting solution – Bytemark

Today I started the process of transferring all my websites and client projects onto a new hosting provider. After a week of research and comparisons I’ve decided to move over to I’ve chosen them for a number of reasons, most importantly of all, root access. One thing which has always annoyed me about shared hosting has been the lack of control on the server. If I want to run the latest build of apache, with all the bug fixes then why should I have to wait for my hosting provider to catch up? It’s not difficult to compile a new version, or if I’m feeling lazy I can us apt-get to upgrade to the latest community build.

The first site to move will be Michael Owen Online, which is the most recent website project I’ve been working on. The site runs on Symfony 1.4 and Doctrine 1.2, but I’ll post more information about how it works later. If you want to check out the new site, it should be online from next week (August 10th / 11th) at

This site and Greensourz will then move over by September hopefully, and I can then free up the server space I have been borrowing of a friend for the last couple of months.

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