Shared Hosting Cowboys | Is Your Website Hosted In A Basement

OneHost Cloud is a relatively new host – just 3 years old. However during this time we have become the go-to hosting provider for Penetration VPS Machines as we now have a total of 743 Pentesting VPS Machines using a mixture of Kali Linux, Backbox and Parrot Security. But this is not what this post is about.

OneHost Cloud also provides an optimized cPanel Shared Hosting platform that just works. During our initial marketing we came across literally 100’s of people marketing shared hosting and for research purposes we investigated a few of these. What we learned if that many have a website offering the latest in hosting technologies yet through our due diligence discovered that many simply have a server at home with their ADSL connections and selling Shared Hosting. We were shocked to say the least yet many unsuspecting people will fall for these backyard cowboys and customers then wonder why their website is not performing and why it is always going off line. Many will see $0.99c hosting and we often think, damn how can they afford to offer shared hosting at such a low price and still make a profit? One reason is they do not have the production grade servers or data center rack space rental payment to deal with. Yes we offer Shared Hosting on our starter plan for $1.99 per month but the reason we can do this is our main business is cloud hosting and NOT Shared Hosting. We can still make a small profit when selling at this price as our cloud hosting products cover any loss we would otherwise incur.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for people starting their own hosting business but there are unwritten rules that must be adhered to so that you do not fall into the trap of becoming a backyard cowboy. I recall when OneHost Cloud was just starting out we used to make a loss each month for about 18 months before we had the customer base to start making money and that is exactly what these new hosting businesses need to do. You are never going to make money from day one as many are wary of new hosting providers as anyone with a PC and a website can become a hosting provider without any oversight or regulations. Maybe this is what the industry needs…a regulatory body that has a set out guidelines which one must follow to sell shared hosting.

It is far too easy for these cowboys to become a web host and it gives us legitimate providers that lease servers for thousands of dollars each month to guarantee that customers are getting the best possible hosting and they are in a Tier 1 data center and not someones basement or living room.