Well, it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve moved my blog to a new host and I really have to say that the folks at Linode are really great. I’ve been very happy with the service. Keep in mind that Linode is *not* a blog hoster, but a VPS host provider. It basically allows me to have a Virtual Machine (Server) in which to host all my stuff on. This currently includes:
Setting up a Linode host is very easy via their control panel, but keep in mind you’ll need to have some Linux knowledge to get your system up and running. This is not an amateurs service, but it is a techy-geek’s hosting provider.
One of the great features of a VPS is simply the fact that when you need to move to bigger hardware, you simply migrate it to another machine via their control panel. (Literally a One-Click procedure).
I realized and tested this when I wanted to move from a UML (User Mode Linux) scenario to Xen and it was literally a one-click solution. The Linode Dashboard moved my Server to another machine. I also added more RAM by simply clicking the upgrade button (which was instantaneous) and a simple reboot of the server showed the additional ram. Ironically, it’s easier than putting sticks of ram in a physical machine.
While they don’t do backups (That’s your responsibility), the service is definitely rock-solid.
Their IRC community is very friendly and in general a good place to hang out.
If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty and need control of your server, I would definitely recommend Linode.
If you need help setting up a Linode, I can be hired for a minimal fee, but keep in mind I’ll do this on my spare time and have absolutely NO desire to make managing your machine my #1 priority. I can normally have things done within 2-3 days.