A while ago I asked for recommendations on web hosting features (not web hosts), and while most people recommended their favorite web hosts or complained about them, the list of criteria to look for in a good web host was skimpy. I was thrilled to run across Web Hosting Show’s Secret Taboo Topics in the Web Hosting, a fairly good listing of what to look for in a web host:
Having worked inside of the Web hosting industry for a number of years, I have learned that there are some topics that are just too taboo to mention. They are not to be talked about because mainly the marketing teams at any Web host say that it is bad business. You don’t want to tell the truth, because then the Web host down the street might look a little better in the consumers’ eyes.
The points made are:
- Don’t believe the use of the word “unlimited” in the promotional material. Everything has limits.
- 24/7 365 Support does not mean good and timely customer service, just the hours.
- 99.9 Percent Uptime is useless propaganda. While most web hosts are up 100% of the time, breakdowns and glitches happen. Do you think they are going to promote a 89% uptime? This still doesn’t mean your site will be up 99.9% of the time, just the web host service.
- Shared hosting is cheaper but it means you have to share and they won’t tell you how many you will be sharing with. The more the worst and slower and less uptime your blog may have if it doesn’t share well.
Part of the issue with shared hosting is the fact that they can limit the number of access hits to your database at any time, dividing up the maximum number of hits on the database between the number of shared sites on that server. It can start off high, but if they add more users to the shared database, that number can drop. A faulty WordPress Plugin or one that puts a high demand on your database, or even a boost to your web traffic level can cross that limit, causing your site to be temporarily shut down. If it keeps up, they can charge you extra or close your site. You need to know what that limit is before you put down your money.
I’ll be putting together more advice on web hosting, as I’m still hunting for a new web host for my main blogs and have been frustrated digging out the fact from the promotional propaganda. Do you have any other tips for finding a good web host? I’m getting desperate.
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.