By paul | October 29, 2006
Media Temple’s new Grid-Server (gs) offers both PHP 4 and 5 (default is 4). The PHP ‘safe-mode’ limitation that existed under the old Shared-Server (ss) is gone (yay!). But, PHP on the (gs) package is running as CGI. I’m not very knowledgeable about this, so I don’t know exactly what this means… but I have heard that PHP runs slower as CGI. If any PHP gurus out there can shed any light on this, please leave a comment
The (gs) package is much better at handling email accounts than the old (ss) package was. When you created a user under (ss), you wouldn’t be able to specify which domain it was for. This isn’t a problem if you only have one domain, but if you were hosting multiple domains under the same account, this was a big pain. Under (gs) this limitation is no longer in effect. Email account handling is much more standard.
However, any email address that you already had created prior to migrating from (ss) to (gs) is locked into “all domains” mode, and you are unable to edit it in your account center. To get around this limitation, you’ll need to delete the existing account, and re-create the account. At that point you’ll be able to specify what domain the account goes with. Don’t forget to back up your email before you go deleting accounts on the server.
Media Temple has ditched Squirrel Mail, the horribly ugly webmail client that was used under the (ss) package. They have replaced it with @mail. With @mail, you have 4 options when logging in: “Simple (Any Browser)”, “Simple (Ajax)”, “Advanced (IE6+)”, and “Advanced (Mozilla)”. These options will determine the look and functionality of your webmail. Unfortunately, only “Simple (Any Browser)” is compatible with Safari (my browser of choice). It’s still head and shoulders above Squirrel Mail, but it’s not quite as functional as some of the other options. If you run Firefox on the Mac, you can use the more advanced options. From a looks standpoint, “Simple” is a nice clean interface, and “Advanced” looks more like Outlook.