So you’ve decided to put a website online, and you’ve checked out shared hosting packages offered by the big-name web hosts. You would be completely forgiven if your eyes glazed over pretty quickly – it happens to everyone. Unlimited this, unlimited that…one-click installation, free backup, concurrent connections…PHP, Perl, MySQL…not only is half of it unintelligible to most people, it looks like every host has exactly the same chart with exactly the same features.
You wouldn’t buy a used Civic to get you to and from work, and then complain that it’s not a Jaguar. Those are the type of complaints you often hear, though, about shared hosting packages. The clients who are most vocal about “poor hosting” or “come-on sales techniques” are the ones who subscribe to a $5/month hosting plan, and then discover that their complicated e-commerce website isn’t as fast or responsive as a that of a competitor who’s using a dedicated server costing hundreds of dollars more per month.