1. Server Resources
This is often the limitation you don't hear about until you have
reached it. Many people might call it the, "Haha, got you now!" clause,
but if you stop and think about it, it does make sense. You can only do
so many things on your computer before you begin to have performance
problems, and the same could be said for a hosting server. If one
script, service or person is taking up all the RAM and CPU up for
themselves, they have to be taken out of the picture to help everyone
else who may be hosted on that server.
2. Database Connections - Depending on who the web host
is, and how they have their servers setup, you may only have available
to you so many connections to a database. For example, Joe hears that
his database connection limit is 25 simultaneous connections. What Joe
doesn't stop to think about is what the word simultaneous actually
means. For him to go over his limit, he would need 25 connections in
roughly the same few seconds to get in trouble. Since most scripts only
connect for a second, this is not something most of us need to worry
3. E-mail Sending Limits - Yes, you are limited on the
number of e-mails you can send out. This is a pretty new limitation
that web hosts have been putting on their customers, mostly to curb
spamming in any form. If you are doing any sending of newsletters or
something that goes out to a great amount of people via e-mail, you
might want to look at scripts that will spread the wealth sending
around. That way instead of sending your newsletter to 10,000 people at
once, you will be able to send it to maybe 2,000 people per hour
through the day. Both DadaMail and phpList will allow you to do this.
4. Unlimited - There is no such thing as unlimited in web
hosting. It is a marketing word though that is bound to bring people
in. People like to get something for nothing and the chance to be able
to grow their web site and brand to unlimited boundaries is a dream we
can all be excited by. Now, why does this word not really bug me that
much anymore? Well, even if you are sold by the word unlimited, chances
are you aren't even going to use enough of your unlimited disk space or
bandwidth to hurt the server. In most cases, it doesn't do any harm.
5. Uptime and Downtime - The one thing you see asked
about by people who like to think they know a thing or two about web
hosting is, "How is the uptime?" or "How much downtime have you had?".
These are kind-of important questions, but I wouldn't put too much
weight into their answers. Like I have said before, you are not going
to find a web host who is perfect and has not even the smallest single
flaw. You will need to find an example of the problems they have had,
and see how they have dealt with them. That is how you can really tell
how great a web host is.
6. Overselling - In the world of web hosting, overselling
is the term used to describe be hosts who put more customers on a
server than the server can really support. Most big name web hosts
won't have a problem with this, but some of the smaller to mid-range
web hosts do. The problem is that they can't afford to bring more
servers online, or they are packing you in like sardines into a can to
save on costs. It is something to try to be aware of, but chances are
you won't know about it till it is too late.
7. The Comparison Box - I hate the comparison box of
features you see web hosts use. We have all seen them. You have the
features listed down the side, the different plans listed across the
top and the thing that bugs me is every plan has every feature. Why do
a comparison chart, if every stinking plan has the same features? The
comparison chart should be use to compare the differences. Most of the
time, the only difference might be the disk space, bandwidth and price.
Give me a shorter comparison box, and just give me those three items if
that is the case. One more smaller item that bugs me about these boxes
too is when they list stupid features that even your 98 year old
grandmother knows are there. For example, I am looking at a web host
who does this, the comparison chart is as cheesy as ever and what is
one of the features each plan has? "support". As if in some bizarro
world, there would be a web hosting plan that doesn't come with
8.) 24/7 365 Support - Is there any Web host out there
that offers real 24/7 support. Sure, there are a lot out there that do.
Customers get this topic confused more so than the Web hosts do. Yes, I
am saying it is your fault. Just because you have support 24/7 doesn't
mean you get instant fixes for your problems.
Some problems take longer to fix and address than others do. Changing
your domain name will take a shorter amount of time than moving your
account to a new server. Just sit back and let the professionals do
9.) 99.9 Percent Uptime - There is no doubt that "uptime"
is important to all of us. Nobody likes having the Web site that can
not be reached. Thinking like a Web hosting marketer - saying 100%
uptime sounds like too much of a lie. Let's make it 99.9% - that's a
more reasonable number. Customers buy into it hook, line and sinker
I am telling you that you will never be able to tell the difference
between a 99.9% uptime host and a 99.5% uptime host. Just stop trying.
Nine times out of ten this is just a marketing term thrown onto the
hosting account to build up your confidence in the Web host's abilities.
Know of another dirty web hosting word that didn't make it onto the
list? Drop me an e-mail or leave a comment and we'll see if we can find
at least seven more amongst us all.
So Why Are These Topics Taboo?
+It all comes down to marketing and sales. If Web host number one is
saying he's got 99.9 percent uptime and Web host number two says he has
99.5 percent uptimes - most people would say go with Web host number
one. If these numbers were real would you ever notice the difference?+
+The Web hosting industry has got so caught up in trying to look
better than the next guy though it is hard to figure out who is really
better than who. There is no overseeing power to check these numbers so
you either have to be able to read the fine print pretty well or get
caught up in the marketing jargon and sales talk.+
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