Usually, every web designer/developer works on a project where a standard web hosting account is not enough.
This can be about the need of more system resources or the extra customization requirements like installing specific .dll files, running an alternative database server, etc.
In case you are in a search, MediaTemple DV -a popular VPS hosting solution (with managed and developer versions)- is a very good fit for such cases.
Both plans are very good because they guarantee uptime, can scale from small-to-huge sizes (which is a money-saver) and have 7/24 support.
On the other hand, they differ in “how much hands-on you prefer”. Here are the details:
The Developer version is perfect for anyone who wants all the control and who is experienced in working with SSH.
You get the VPS server and manage it; system updates, back-ups, etc. MediaTemple provides a panel that offers some basic server controls and the rest is up-to-you (which is perfect for many).
The Managed version is a very good fit for anyone looking for a VPS without the hassle of managing it.
A powerful control panel (with reseller capabilities) is provided for adding domains, e-mails, databases or install 100s of apps with a click.
However, you still get the root-access and can apply customizations if wanted.
Also, consider that although MediaTemple will be there for you regarding any system-related issues, don’t forget that you’ll still need to solve user/code related issues.
MediaTemple DV provides a very solid virtual dedicated server experience, it can handle very big projects and, most importantly, there is an awesome support.
For deep integrations, an API exists. And, the pricing is reasonable for both of the plans.
Also, since years, MediaTemple has a very respectable name which is pretty hard to keep in the industry.