January 12 2019

Web Hosting is Still a Wild West

My current contract on the server that hosts this site expires at the end of June. At that time the ‘introductory’ pricing goes away and there is no way I can afford the regular pricing. With that in mind, I’ve started the not so fun process of trying to research my next hosting plan.

… why is this still so difficult?

Web hosting is a cornerstone of the internet, and yet it still feels like reading greek when you look at hosting packages. This one has root access, but this one doesn’t. This one has metered bandwidth, but this one doesn’t. This one has decent RAM and is expandable, while this one has okay RAM and isn’t expandable.

And the thing is, a lot of this isn’t spelled out on websites. I have to call them and ask very specific questions. And if you even think about going down the cloud hosting road, that’s a whole different ballgame.

It’s 2019, but shopping for webhosting still feels just liked it did in the 90s or 00s. While the internet itself has gone through so many changes, the backbone of the internet that hosts your favorite sites still feels like it’s in a time warp.

Come on hosts, there has to be an easier way to do this.

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