Mosso Review: Day 1


As I mentioned in my last post, a series of issues with our dedicated server have convinced me to give Mosso’s “Cloud Sites” offering a shot. They bill you at a flat rate of $100/mo, plus any overage charges that you might incur. Right off the bat, you get 500GB/mo of bandwidth, 50GB/mo of storage, and 10,000 computer cycles/mo. I was able to track my bandwidth usage through WHM and cPanel, and I’ll be fine. Storage isn’t an issue, as most of these sites are database-driven blogs.

That leaves the mysterious computer cycles.. No matter how you slice it, it’s impossible to figure out how many computer cycles you’re going to use until you’re actually on their system. But with a 30-day money back guarantee, I figured it was worth a shot.

So I signed up today, and got instant access to my management console. It’s VERY different from cPanel, but watching a few of their video tutorials helped me figure it out for the most part. There were a few things that weren’t very clear, but a quick talk with someone on Live Chat got my questions answered in a timely fashion.

I’ve only moved one site over so far. It’s a fairly time-consuming task, and moving almost 40 sites over is going to take some serious effort. You don’t have the one-click luxury of Fantastico to install WordPress for you. Instead, you’ve got to first create a database. Then you’ll FTP WordPress onto your server, and configure your wp_config file with the database info. Once that’s done, you open up phpAdmin and import your WP database into there.

The whole process takes about 15 minutes. It’s a little cumbersome, but for anyone that’s computer savvy, they should be cool.

Once that’s done, just FTP your theme files and plugins to the server, point your domain to their DNS, and wait for it to propogate.

I’ll post an update after a few more days with them.

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