First, i am having a heck of a time trying to create a WP dev system w/out having to do a bunch of manual actions that could end up in user error. I am in early to mid stages of dev'ing a wpmu site in subfolders with about 12-15 subfolders-sites. I currently host at Godaddy's Ultimate Grid and was thinking of moving the site to a host that has a one button "Staging Area" for better development and deployment(dev'in on a live site behind a splash page)...
In all reality GD hasn't been all that bad but unless someone has a better idea on how to do version control over at GoDaddy with a Sub Domain or something, we might pony up the $100 for WPEngine, which has the one button staging and deployment..
So, I took a look at some WordPress Centric hosting with "Staging Area" included:
WPEngine = $100 for WPMS ouch
Page.ly $149 for WPMS ouch
Zippykid..wont touch WPMS
BlogDroid=$25 but i cant ever get a hold of them..i like them but..
SiteGround $29 Semi Dedicated with Staging..very cool.
We took the bait on SiteGround, but after setting things up over there and trying to create my first "Staging" site, which is copy of our live content, we were told that our DB Table size exceeded 350 ..we are currently at close to 400. They raised it to 500 for us but I am worried that we will quickly exceed that b/c the site isn't even fully dev'd yet. Aaand of course they would then want us to move to a VPS @ $60-80 p/month once the site reached the 500 DB table size.
Any ideas would be great..another host that has some "Staging" included or a easy system at GD..backupbuddy from subdomain to live?