Researching Hosting Possibilities

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.

Chiriquí Chatter has its Google Page Rank on the right Sidebar and I included it in this post as well.

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.

13 thoughts on “Researching Hosting Possibilities

  1. Don:
    I do not know if they have what you need however, I have been hosting with godaddy for years. The only bad thing I can say about them is they have a complex set up. On the good side their customer service is excellent their up time is as good as it gets.

  2. Hi Ray. I see that you are sharing with 138 other domain names. I have heard good and bad about godaddy. However, they are one of the better know. Their Superbowl ads are interesting. 😉

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  3. Don;
    I have been using powweb and find it reliable, reasonably priced and easy to use.
    Rick

  4. Be sure to check out IX Web Hosting. My primary domain does not share IP with anyone ( http://www.panamaretire.net). I pay $9.95/month for unlimited hosting and email service, and very high monthly bandwidth limits (haven’t even come close) I have suffered almost no downtime in the last year. I previously had GoDaddy. I left them because they initiated changes in the email service that made it impossible for me to access email with Linux, then told me that everything was working fine. In that instance, the support staff had no clue, checking my lack of access in Linux with their Windows computers.

    My only complaint with IX is their email service is frequently slow and I don’t care for the Horde interface. Unlike GoDaddy, I can manage my domains without being bombarded with offers to sell me something i don’t want or need.

    Henry

  5. You are well read, well deserved. When I lived in David, I read you daily but now that I am in Boquete, I ready you once in a while…….sorry but it may be that we have too much social activity going on here. No, I think you have always had a very good and informative site. Congrats.

  6. I am happy you enjoy Boquete. I lived there for over a year and am not sure I would want to return. Different strokes for different folks.

  7. Although shared hosting is a less expensive way for businesses to create a Web presence, it is usually not sufficient for Web sites with high traffic. These sites need a dedicated Web server, either provided by a Web hosting service or maintained in-house. With shared hosting, numerous web sites are sharing a single server.

  8. I am aware of shared vs. dedicated hosting. I am talking about hosting a blog and that should be doene fine in a shared environment, if the host has competent staff.

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