Shawn Blanc hosts with Media Temple:
… the acquisition is disheartening because I have virtually zero respect for the GoDaddy brand.
Media Temple used to be the coolest web host. You’d love them so much that you’d put a little (mt) badge on your site. Now? It feels a little like that time Chris Cornell released an album produced by Timbaland.
Blanc is sticking with The Temple for now because he’s got a lot of stuff hosted with them, and it’s a giant pain in the ass to move databases around. I entirely empathize. If, however, you are on Media Temple and decide you want to switch, Blanc has some good suggestions. I would add A Small Orange, too — I host with them, and they were rock solid even when this site was getting Gruber traffic.