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Is it time for Web Hosting regulations?

When you read this article, be aware I have no issues with small businesses or web hosts, this article is debating should web hosts actually have some form of regulation or making it more “ethical” in the larger sense- read on as I explain many problems I have experienced.

If you are an owner of a website you have likely used many “not well-known” web hosts and if you have, you likely have screwed over at one point. As you may know that if you wanted to get into the web hosting industry you could do it for, well, nothing if you actually looked around.

Why the credit?

Credit is something I never really understood well when it comes to companies giving refunds. The main reasons for offering credit is simple – it is cheaper for them as no actual money is traded, it keeps you trapped with them as if you want to use that credit then you got to use it with them and that I have to say is what is annoying.

So the other day I submitted a ticket to the former web host of Snat.co.il stating that the website was offline yet again and that I wanted to know the reasoning why. So after a few ticket replies debating at them, I then asked for a refund as they have been offline for quite a while and quite often.

Host watch: TopHostingUK

Having hosted many websites in the past, I know full well what it is like hosting people data. To some it is their life, their business, their income, their eduction, their fun, their past time and so much more and it really annoys me when people run cowboy web hosts.

So this article is about the web host called “North West Web Solutions” and what seems to be directly related to them – “Top Hosting UK”. Right from the start we have a typical website written in such bad English (look on the status page). Judging from their website we also can see there is very little technical experience from anyone and every solution to their problem seems to be to get a new server which they seem to claim is better and better each time but if that is true is something I can not comment on.

Another one bite the dusts

For my more loyal readers, you are likely aware that in the year 2008 I wrote an article called “Reasons why you shouldn’t use a free forum host” which outlined a few problems with using a free forum host. While it was not my best written work (is any ?) it did explain that if you was to use a free forum host then make sure to keep backups if you can.

A few days ago I learnt that IPBFree went off-line suddenly and so many forum administrators have now finally lost their forums and likely had no backups what so ever. Searching around, all I can see about what happened was that IPBFree was taken off-line relating to DMCA matters which does not surprise me as IPBFree was a forum service filled with warez forums.

Unlimited hosting does not exist

Web hosting is very important if you want to get a website hosting as it is this that allows people to host a website in the first place. Many years ago you was able to get a web host for about £5 a month which given you something like 500MB hard drive space and maybe 2GB data transfer.

Over the years that bandwidth and hardware got cheaper and cheaper and it got to a point in which people started to offer things like 10GB hard drive space, 100GB data transfer for around the same price of £5 a month.

However it did not stop then. Finally some people started to offer unlimited web hosting. Basically what this means is you can use as much data transfer you like, hard drive space you like for just a low price of something like £3 a month (I am sure if you shop around, you can find it for $1.00 a year).

Picking the right host

For the last 8 years I have hosted this very website on so many websites that if Tweaked for your Pleasure was a whore that it would have to many sexually transmitted diseases and likely would be laying on the floor dying while trying to pass on it’s last breath. Picking a right web host is very important as your website WILL depend purely on how good your web host is.

I am sure if you have looked around for a web host before what you roughly check for is speed and price and I would bet that most people will not look for more then that. So today I am going to talk about what I look for in a web host so that if you are looking for a web host that you will not get screwed over.

The dawn of new webmasters

Every New Year is seen by many as a new chance to do things they wanted to do or something like that but sadly I do not see it like that. I see that every new year, technology is getting better and better.

Sure, some will see this as a good thing but every year more and more people are getting online. Now this is not a bad thing at all, but everyday I see a new website open up within the hour. Now, I am not saying it is a bad thing in itself people opening websites but what has happened to the days when it took days to even get things online ?

I remember the days when it took ages to write up a few HTML pages and it took even longer for the modem to dial up to your ISP and when it finally did it would be so slow that it took ages to even upload. I recall the days when in order to get a website like this (and originally I did the following to get it up and working) that you had to download a script like WordPress which back then would have taken you 40-60 minutes to download and then you extracted it all. After that, you would have filled in all the MySQL detail but back then you would not have had all these control panels that does it all for you but rather you had to make the database yourself.

Once you done all that, you then had to upload it all to your web space. Back then, hosting was not like it is now. Finding a web host was hard as you had to look for one that supported PHP and whatever you needed and the likes of 5GB HDD space back then was nearly impossible to find. Now, you have everyone offering free hosting to anyone that may need it. Free hosting today is honestly much better then it was in the past. In the past, you would have likely went with a free host that went down so often that you would not believe it. Now most free host (well, at least those that supports themselves) are giving a service that is comparing to paid hosting. While this article will not get into that now, I am sure I will do one about it later).

Then uploading the files was annoying. You would have to start your upload and wait a few hours as it slowly uploaded each file one by one using FTP (or in some cases a file manager). Now, I can get WordPress installed within 5 minutes if I am using an online installer script or 10 minutes if I have to download/upload the actual files myself. These days, anyone is able to call themselves a webmaster by just uploading a couple of files and blam – an instant website.

But none of this is bad. Services like WordPress, Blogger, 000webhost, Ultima Development Laboratories, InvisionFree and Forumer offers anybody to be able to put their beliefs and their thoughts onto the Internet for free and is not the Internet all about a free and open commutation network ?

Or do I just miss being able to charge people £10 for a CMS installation.