Share your issues with hostings

Hi guys! I study web hosts and the services they provide. I think in this chat a lot of people can tell about their issues with hosting providers, and how you solved them. I’ll appreciate it very much. Thank you in advance

Before we head too far down a rabbit hole here, a couple ground rules

  1. No naming names. I don’t want this to turn into a “bash hosting company X” travesty
  2. Conversely, no naming alternatives. It’s fine to say, “you should look for a host that provides Z service” but it’s not okay to say “You should look at hosting company VBC which provides Z for $$$”

If we can keep it polite and constructive, this discussion can get interesting. But if it becomes a spam fest or a bash fest, it’s going to close.

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If I had the opportunity, I would classify them for you from good to garbage, but our moderator does not enjoy hurting anyone’s feelings, disregarding the fact that Google has core updates that are rolled out these days every month, so it is extremely necessary to select the best hosting server to prevent certain headaches that occur with cost - efficient hosting providers. You should, however, think about the web host’s storage, downtime, simplicity, eCommerce infrastructure, and customer service. Other things, such as TBT, fcp, and lcp, are only apparent after your website has been deployed, which is the reason you should always research your products before purchasing them.

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So for one, the major issue would be determining what kind of hosting you’re looking for. With each option comes their own issues.

So there’s a couple of options really to host your website.

  1. Host your own using your own machine.
  2. Shared hosting.
  3. Cloud hosting.
  4. VPS

So for hosting your own using your own machine, there’s security and bandwidth. I own my own local home servers, but I’ve never really exposed them to the public. These servers are usually for development testing and what not. Also unless you have a really good ISP that won’t raise your bill every month for over usage, then trying this method is a problem. I would say you should only do this for local development honestly.

For shared hosting, I’ve had my fair share of using shared hosting. So when a lot of shared hosting post up their prices and they say you have “unlimited x”, that doesn’t really mean you have “unlimited x”. They have multiple partitions on that drive which they allocate “x amount” to other customers as well. If you’re using over that x amount, they will restrict you. I’ve ran into this problem before. I had to basically delete everything I had which pretty much forced me to using a VPS. Not only that, your bandwidth also falls under that quota as well. They are pretty much combined. That’s why these shared hosting servers depend on folks who don’t have much traffic and don’t really upload large files.

I’ve never used cloud hosting since I don’t want to waste my money on that.

For VPS which is what I’m currently using, I really like it though the only downfall is that you have to be very proficient in that operating system your VPS is using. So for mine I have 4 Linux VPS which all have 100GB of SSD storage, 4GB of RAM, Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz, 1 IP address attached to it, and unmetered bandwidth which really means what “unlimited” is supposed to mean. I once reached like 20 GB of bandwidth and they didn’t care. If I was still on the shared hosting one and I reached like 1GB of bandwidth, they’d restrict me and tell me I’m using too much bandwidth.

So my current stand is that I’m starting to prefer VPS a lot more. I pay like $11 USD for mine. It’s originally $9 USD, but I added an extra IP address for $2. I have my own intranet site which I dedicated 1 whole VPS for. This also includes my own Gitlab server which I push my code changes to. The other ones are either for personal websites or official websites.

I’m currently using CyberPanel for my admin UI as well. I don’t use CPanel since that costs you money just to get 1 license, I believe it’s like $27 USD? Correct me if I’m wrong. CyberPanel is a better option for those who want to go the free route. It’ll take some getting used to if you’re really used to using CPanel. CyberPanel offers you pretty much the same “sort” of stuff. If you’re trying to add in subdomains, you can definitely do that in CyberPanel. If you’re looking to add new domains to your hosting account, you can definitely do that. If you want to create new databases, you can do that. If you want to have a mail server and have people email you, you can do that as well.

Website developers should look for hosts that are good for developers. There is one hosting company that is quite popular but they are not good for developers. I am not sure how to determine how developer-friendly a host is. Some of them have forums people can use to get help from other customers as well as the staff. Something else to look at is if they have the latest version of software you need. You might not need the latest version but a hosting service that is behind in versions is less likely to provide the best support.

The type of support matters. Some of them provide only phone support. Some only email or other online support. If it is only phone support then they probably specialize in non-technical customers.

Another feature that developers are likely to need or at least want is for websites to be deployable from Git such as from GitHub and GitLab.

Many websites are designed to make it easy for non-technical people to create websites. Unless the site uses open-source software such as WordPress then it will likely be difficult to move the website somewhere else when that becomes a necessity.

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