Why Choose AltaGrade?

Drupal Specific Platform

Drupal can run on virtually any hosting environment from the very inexpensive shared hosting plans all the way to dedicated servers, and everything in between. However, some of Drupal features require specific Apache, PHP, MySQL, SSH, GIT, Drush, Apache Solr, Varnish, APC, Memcache configurations that may or may not be available on any given hosting environment. AltaGrade supports all the features that Drupal core and contributed modules, libraries, themes require.

Factual Comparison

There are thousands of hosting companies in the United States and around the world, and as the demand for websites grows so does the number of hosting companies. They all have different business philosophies, pricing models and ranges of customer-tailored packages.

It is difficult to provide “pros and cons” or “advantages and disadvantages” comparisons for the vast array of hosting companies because their business goals and approaches vary, just as their target customers do. Any such analysis will be highly contextual and unnecessarily take us into the area of opinions and judgments.

Instead, we have compiled factual information for you, as a potential customer, to make an intelligent decision as to which hosting company will best serve your needs. The graph below presents facts and quotes pulled from the websites of three leading Drupal specific hosting companies. These are unavoidably general categories that provide a glimpse into the companies’ nature, business and pricing approaches. For more information and your own research, please refer to the companies’ websites and Drupal forums.

Comparison Chart

Acquia Pantheon AltaGrade

Platform support

Drupal only

Drupal and WordPress

Drupal and anything

Target market

Large-scale companies and developers

Large-scale companies, developers, and consumers

Developers, consumers and any-scale organizations

Free services and/or hosting provided for

Developers

Developers

Non-profits

Involvement in managing client sites

Mostly self-managed, tiered add-on fees for fully-managed

Mostly fully-managed, included into package price

Free self-managed, fully-managed included into package price

Stack

LAMP

LEMP

LAMP

Minimal cost of hosting one Drupal site/mo

$165

$100

$8.46

Minimal cost of hosting 10 Drupal sites/mo

$316

$1000

$42.46

Optional SSL support with dedicated IP, per certificate/year

$360

$360

free

Minimal monthly cost of a comparable business plan*

$675

$400

$42.46

*These prices are for the most widely used hosting package, referred to as professional/business/standard. It is designed for small and mid-size companies and organizations that can expect moderate to high traffic on their websites.

Professional/Business/Standard Package Features

Acquia Pantheon AltaGrade

Disk space, GB

50

30

60

CPU

5 cores

Multidev

4 cores

RAM, MB

1700

512

1536

SSL

Not included

$30/mo additional

free

Number of sites hosted

Up to 10, additional fees per site

No limit, fee per site

Unlimited

Ticket support

Limited Included but prioritized

Unlimited

24/7 on call

None

None

By client request

Monthly fee

$425 + $250 for mandatory Acquia Network package

$400

$42.46

One-time setup fee

None

Not specified

$29.95