Saturday, January 13, 2007

Dreamhost Reviews

If you've had any good or bad experience with Dreamhost please feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

Dreamhost offers 4 levels of shared hosting, starting from only $7.95/month, no setup fees.

One of the best thing about Dreamhost is that they offer 97 days money-back guarantee.

So let's see what's so great about DreamHost:

  • 97 days money-back guarantee

  • 24 hour technical support

  • 195GB Disk Storage at signup (Increases weekly by 1 GB)

  • 1.95 TB Monthly Bandwidth at signup (Increases weekly by 16 GB)

  • Unlimited MySQL Databases

  • 2000/2002/2003 Front Page Extensions

  • Unlimited Hosted Domains

  • 1 Free Domain Registration

  • Full CGI access, Ruby on Rails

  • Tons of free advanced features

These are only few features, DreamHost offers much more. View all hosting features from DreamHost.

If you've had any good or bad experience with DreamHost please
feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Shared WebHosting Drawbacks

Shared Hosting drawbacks

Recently I wrote an article about Shared Hosting Benefits. Now let's talk about Shared Hosting Drawbacks

  • Resources sharing

    The main drawback of a shared hosting is that your web applications share server's resources (cpu, bandwidth, memory, etc.) between other customers, which slows down the server.

  • Access to server

    Another inconvenience is that you don't have access to server, so you can't install any application that you might need.

  • Limited disk space, bandwidth, etc

    Disk space, bandwidth are limited on a shared hosting plan.

  • Shared IP Address

    On a shared hosting plan IP Address is shared between customers, so private SSL certificates cannot be used.

  • Limited ports

    Some ports that you might need are closed for security reasons.

  • Security

    E-commerce web sites usually deal with credit cards, I don't recommend shared hosting for this type of operations.

  • Overselling

    Many shared hosting providers are oversold.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

BlueHost Reviews

If you've had any good or bad experience with BlueHost please feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

This is the best not-oversold shared hosting provider. You can host up to 6 domains, which is pretty good for a shared webhosting plan.

If you consider hosting more than 6 domains, probably you should think about a dedicated server.

Monthly price is only $6.95. Free setup. No hidden fees.

So let's see what's so great about BlueHost:

  • 200 Gigabyte Hosting Space

  • Host 6 Domains on 1 Account!!! Remember, this is not an oversold hosting provider, so it's performance is higher than other overselling hosting providers.

  • 2,000 GIGS of Transfer

  • SSH (Secure Shell), SSL, FTP, Stats

  • CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL

  • 2000/2002/2003 Front Page Extensions

  • Free Domain Forever!

  • 24/7 Superb/Responsive Sales/Support

  • Search Engine Submission FREE

These are only few features, Bluhost offers much more. View all hosting features from BlueHost.

BlueHost awards:

BEST Web Hosting Award -
2005 Web Host of the Year -
Best Support 2004 -
#1 Rated Web Host -
#1 Value Rated Web Host -
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#1 Ranked Web Host - - Web Hosting Reviews
#1 Rated Web Host -
#1 Ranked Host 2005 -
Most Popular Host 2005 -
Best Overall Host 2005 -
Best New Host 2003 -
Ranked #2 Great Prices, Great Support -

If you've had any good or bad experience with BlueHost please
feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What is WebHosting Bandwidth

What is web hosting bandwidth?

Bandwidth is the amount of data sent to your website visitors at a time.
Transfer (traffic) is the amount of data sent to your visitor in a period of time (usually a month). Notice that for a shared hosting plan, bandwidth is shared among the customers, so for an oversold hosting bandwidth could get very low.

How to reduce your hosting bandwidth?
Make sure your images, pages are well optimized, so that your bandwidth is lower, therefore your monthly transfer is also reduced.

Verify that your hosting has a good internet connection, so your pages will load fast for your visitors.

Also, you should prevent hotlinking. Hotlinking means bandwidth theft. If you have an image (video), and someone wants to use it on his website, it places a link of that image to your website, instead of copying it. This is bandwidth stealing. Imagine if you have thousands of large files, what would happen?

Unlimited hosting bandwidth?
Yeah sure! How can bandwidth be unlimited? Bandwidth has a limit, so unlimited bandwidth is a myth. Unlimited space is impossible to offer to.

For video hosting or image hosting, bandwidth needs to be as high as possible, and also the disc storage and monthly traffic need to be high. For example for a 1MB file, with only 1000 downloads daily, you consume 1MBx1000 = 1000MB = 1GB traffic daily. So if your hosting has only 15GB monthly traffic (when you need 30GB/month) there is a big problem.

Hostmonster for example offers 999GB of transfer monthly. This is enough for a small/medium website. If you need more than 999GB traffic, you should consider a dedicated hosting plan.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shared Hosting Benefits

Shared Hosting Benefits

Here are some shared hosting benefits, for your personal web page, or your small business.

Low Cost - Affordable hosting

This is the main benefit of a shared webhosting. As the server is shared between many users, the price for a shared plan is the lowest.

Don't bother with server administration

Security, software updates, daily backups, etc are managed by the server administrator, he has to make sure that the server is running at optimal parameters.

Look for a hosting the is not oversold

There are hosting providers that are oversold. That means that they host way too many websites, thing that slows down the server, and your website, of course. These are hosting providers that say 'unlimited domains'.

BlueHost, for example, is a hosting provider that allows only 6 domains on one account. Now this is clearly not an overselling hosting.

Multiple hosting packages

This is another great thing about shared hosting, there are multiple packages you can choose from. So think about the resources you need for your website and pick the right shared hosting plan.

Great list of free extra features

Many scripts are provided for free, scripts like: shopping carts, mailing lists, guestbooks, blogs, etc.

Trial period

Most of the hosting providers offer free trial period (30 days is the shortest). If you're not satisfied with your hosting, you can get your money back.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

HostMonster Reviews

If you've had any experience with HostMonster please
feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

We made some research and got this great Shared Webhosting Plan from HostMonster

HostMonster Shared Webhosting

This hosting plan provides the following hosting features, for only $4.95/month (Free setup, no hidden fees):

  • Disk Storage 50 GB


  • Free Domain Name

  • Gigs of Site Transfer 999 GB/mo

  • MySQL Databases 100

  • 24/7 Monitoring

  • Search Engine Submission FREE

  • POP3/POP3 Secure Email Support Unlimited

  • Forwarding Email Accounts Unlimited

  • Add-on Domains Unlimited

  • FTP Access

  • Shell Access (SSH)

Read more hosting features from this great hosting provider.

HostMonster Shared Webhosting

And if you're still not sure, here are some awards won by HostMonster.

#3 Web Host of 2006 -
Top 5 Web Host Of The Year -
One of the best hosts of the year! -
#2 Best Overall Web Host 2006 -
#2 Best Rated Web Host -
#3 Rated Overall Best Host -
#2 Rated Best Best Host -

As you can see, HostMonster is one of the top web hosting providers.

If you've had any experience with HostMonster please
feel free to add your comments about this hosting.

About Shared Web Hosting

You want to make people aware of your business over the internet, so the first step (after you have your website built) is to pick an affordable, reliable shared hosting plan.

This blog will present the best shared hosting plans.

A shared web hosting is a hosting where multiple clients shared the same machine (server). Almost webhosting companies provide shared hosting. This type of hosting is the most common plan, and generally it is used for personal pages, or for small businesses.

If you're looking for a dedicated server, check out our Dedicated Server Hosting section.