The last two months of disruptions, culminated with the Web host shutting down Chiriquí Chatter for a period of time yesterday, has led me to believe I need to start researching other potential hosting options.
Currently, I use HostMDS and they have been reasonable for the price. I am in a shared environment, which means that my IP address is shared with other websites. When I started with VistaPages, now HostMDS, Chiriquí Chatter shared its IP address with less than 100 other domains. Today, using DNSQUIRES, to determine how many other domains shared my IP address, I found 294.
That appears to be a little excessive.
Panama Guide has 2.
Boquete Guide has 5
The Panama News has 96.
I use the Google Page Rank to monitor Chiriquí Chatter’s relevance on the Internet. This is one indicator of how popular a site is.
I think 4 and above is a pretty good mark for a blog. You can check your favorite sites HERE.
I have gone to a lot of effort to make Chiriquí Chatter efficient and to conserve as few resources as possible. Photos have been reduced in size so they will load quickly and I only display one photo on a post before you have to click “Continue Reading”.
I hope I can stay in a shared hosting environment since that is the least expensive. However, I plan on researching Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Going that route could increase the cost of my relative inexpensive hobby by 4 to 8 times.
I don’t like the thought of moving Chiriquí Chatter to another host, but I am not ruling out the possibility.
I guess I should point out that when relationships become strained between clients and web hosts, some hosts try to hold their client hostage. They may make it difficult to have the domain name unlocked so that it can be moved. If I have to move, I don’t expect this problem, but this might be another reason to record http://chiriquichatterstatus.wordpress.com/.
This is the site I use to display problem status. If the web host takes down Chiriquí Chatter for what ever reason, that will be where you can go to find out what is happening. In the event of a host move, this might be a good URL to have recorded.