After having regular problems on my current hosting I decided to move to Mythic Beasts. When Bytemark changed brands I migrated elsewhere. It was a shame as they were a wonderful host for so many years. It feels like coming back home but with many little advantages.
First task was to create an account and signup. This could be improved a little. Only minor things, a few tweaks to make the process easier.
I found my chosen package, a VPS. Going through the o-toons was easy, that was until I got to the point of needing to generate an SSL key. Here, mythic beasts have a great tutorial on how to do this, but it is not linked to from the signup page. Adding a link there, and maybe a tooltip, to their tutorial would be really helpful. Maybe add tooltips for the DNS options too. First time around though I ran into a problem, and that was I was trying to signup on an iPad. As you need to generate a key, that is something that is not easy on an iPad. This area probably needs some though to make it easier. In my case I had to get up off the sofa and go to my PC. Not an issue but some people are lazy and may just give up try elsewhere, which would be a shame.
Getting to the end of the signup and it doesn’t let you continue until you create an account. If you already have one, not a problem, but if not you go through that hen have to go back and start again like I did. Maybe in the section where you are creating a server there should be a login or create an account o-toon to speed things up.
Finally on the creating a server section I got a little confused. I selected a 40gb HDD for my needs. When you go to the next page showing your summery it showed 10gb. So I went back a step, selected 40gb again and returned. It silly said 10gb. Only then did I notice that underneath it says units 4. Not a biggy, but a little easy to miss.
When I was creating my server I selected Sympl 11, well you would wouldn’t you. The build was very rapid with for once a very good progress bar, something many hosts lack. So instead of waiting and hoping lie elsewhere, you actually see that things are working.
Once setup the Mythic Beasts control panel is very good, with all the information needed at hand. Agin, it works very well on a PC, but not so well in safari on an iPad. You can get to each section, but every time I clicked a link to go to a new page I was forced to sign on again. This is probably an iPad issue, but frustrating. There is an online VNC for terminal access but like ALL of these things it is not usable on IOS devices as the keyboard does not pop up, so you cannot actually enter anything. This is normal for this type of console acces. There are tools available for IOS but they are either expensive or rubbish, I have not found a decent one yet, something I need t0 do as I often only have my phone or tablet when away from home.
So far I am very impressed with Mythic Beasts, despite the tiny niggles. The hosting seems very fast. I am really looking forward to migrating my sites next week and seeing how they run. I’ve just got to get my noggin around using OctoDNS, or just creating the records where my domains are.Undecided yet on that part.