Shared Hosting

Is shared hosting still a viable option nowadays with the endless amounts of personal websites and blogs that are out on the web? Hosting companies are signing up more and more novices and overloading their shared servers with people like this one who posted his story on Digg.

GoDaddy blames me, my users, and everything else they can think of for their problems. Site starts dying after 50GB of transfer. They also try to get me to upgrade to a more expensive plan.

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When it comes down to it, what are you really paying for? To a company such as GoDaddy, their hope is that with your shared hosting plan, you actually buy many of the premium services they offer. This of course then subsidizes their “shared hosting” plan in such a way that they can offer it at the low, low price they do! But as a user of one of these shared hosting plans that do not buy any of the premium services, should I expect more, or just accept things like this?

For a buddy of mine who is on a shared server, I tried setting up phplist to send an email to a group of about 2,500 end users. We of course choked the server and were temporarily suspended. From my point of view, I was within my right to use the apache web server, the mySQL db and my allocated bandwidth to send out the message. From the hosting company’s point of view, I was not allowed to do that and was told about a cap on how many emails could be sent out an hour. A “rule” that was not in my original info kit when I signed up…

I felt that was within the realm of what I signed up for, and if it was in fact affecting the other clients on the shared box, it would then be the host’s job to reallocate their resources when the need arises.

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