Firstly, I have some sad news to share on the forum. My host provider gave me the sad news today morning that there was a security breach and ALL the servers had been wiped clean. They also did not take any backup of my stuff and I have lost atleast 5 months of my WP data (@#$%). This has prompted me to shift to a new host with immediate effect since my website has been down for more than 48 hours now.
I want a host provider who can assure me of ZERO loss of data during critical times and that too on the tapes. Of course, I will be taking my own backups periodically to avoid such embarassing moments in the future. In my short research, I came up with a few names but I am a bit confused on which to choose.
I am a little biased in my opinion about Mediatemple.com. The problem is that they have their own customised control panel and no "Fantastico". I am a typical designer with NO inclination towards setting up the WP account manually. MT is costly but I have paid a heavy price by taking cheaper options in the past. Most designers, as I heard are also hosted on MT not to mention that MT is a brand name.
I found Hostingzoom.com, which has decent rates and plans and also Bluehost.com very impressive. I want to know from the members about which one would be suited to host a personal WP blog? Is MT really good or it's just the hype? Please suggest a good hosting (safe, secure and reliable) since I am looking at the long term future.