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Some must read tips about the hosting industry

The truth to why many hosting plans are scams
A few tests you can run to check how good a host is
Why hosting directories lie, and the truth to customer testimonials
The truth to a hosts uptime and guarantees

1. Scam Plans

If it sounds too good too be true it usually is! All hosts have the same basic limitations when it comes to server resources and specs.

There is no magic server that has a never ending supply of ram and cpu. If a host ever claims to give unlimited space or bandwidth DO NOT JOIN THEM. The thing to remember is that the average web site uses about 15 Megs space and less than 400Mb bandwidth a month. So what hosting companies do is they lie!

They make up scam plans with tons of space and 50 gigs bandwidth for around $8 bucks a month. It's a numbers game.... Only one or two of every 100 people that signup on the plan are going to use the 50 gigs bandwidth. So what do they do? They terminate the sites that use it saying "your site is using too many resources."

They aren't lying about the resource usage it's the truth! Most people don't realize that bandwidth and space used have nothing to do with the server resources being used. Resource usage has to do with the amount of cpu and ram a site uses. If a site uses their 50 gigs bandwidth they aren't kicked for using their bandwidth they are kicked for using up most of the servers cpu and ram.

Another thing to remember is that the cheaper the plan is, and the more space / bandwidth included the more sites per server the host will have to pack in to make their money back. So going by the above numbers which we would say is pretty accurate from our numbers... If a company hosted 200 sites per server and 2% of the server used the 50 gigs bandwidth that would equal 200 gigs bandwidth a month used on the server.

Guess what - If they don't kick those sites using it those 4 sites are going to be using more resources then all 196 sites on the server combined. So think about it would a hosting company boot 4 people paying $8 bucks a month in order to double the amount of sites they can hold on the server? You bet they would!

We only put 100-200 sites per shared hosting server, our pricing and packages don't force us to jam sites on to a server in order to be profitable. If you think most hosts put less then 200 sites per server you're living in a fantasy land. Most hosts put 1000's of sites per server. Making it all that much more important to kick the 2% or so that use what their plan comes with.


2. A few tests to check out how legit a company is.

Do a whois on their domain name. Then look for the creation date of the domain name. If the domain name was created less then a year ago do not join that hosting company. They could be a great host, but considering more than 95% of new hosts go out of business within a year that really isn't something you should be taking a chance on.

You could also test the speed of a host's network to your location by...

Clicking start > run > type in "command" enter, & then type "ping hostdomainname.com" wait for it to finish and look for the average ping. The lower the number the better, and chances are the faster your site will load if you should host with them. Any number around an 80 average would be good. Anything over 100 is very bad (unless you're living in another country from where the host is based.)  JKBak's servers are situated in New Jersey, USA.


3. Customer Reviews

Don't believe anything you read on the hosting directories. They don't care who they recommend as they are all paid listings. The highest bidder gets the spot. What you should do to find reviews is search google using the company’s name. If they have been around a year you should find many real reviews of people who use their hosting.


4. Uptime

If a hosting company claims 100% uptime they are lying. All servers need to be rebooted every now and then for security and software updates. If they never reboot that means their server is insecure and they will eventually be hacked.

When a company guarantees an uptime that doesn't make it true. A host has as many uptimes as they have servers. It all depends on what server they put you on, and how well they manage it from the time you are put on it. We guarantee a 99.9% uptime but that does not mean we will hit it every month for eternity.

Our guarantee means we give you a 100% refund for the month if we should not hit it.

Many hosting companies will give you a prorated refund based on the amount of downtime. So say you pay $10 for a month of hosting your site is down for 24 / hours. They will refund you for one day of downtime which ends up being about 33 cents. That guarantee is worthless!

What is worth something is how they define the guarantee, and if they do in fact honor it

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