Downsides of shared web hosting

Value in price is one of the benefits of shared web hosting. However, there are downsides come along with it too. My blogs are hosted on HostMonster. And I face several DB server down issues lately. I don’t have problem if were down for few minutes but this took like 2 to 3 hours. And was happening 4 to 5 times in a month recently. Nothing is perfect, but this seem like a bit more to me. By the way, 99.9% Network Uptime Guarantee from hosting company does not mean that your website will be up for at least 99.9%. That’s their network connection to outside guarantee only.

We don’t have control on other website that hosts with us in the same server. In my case, host233.hostmonster.com is server that hosts my blogs. Not sure the exact name for the DB server. But whenever other people screw up their DB, and HostMonster Support need to do something to fix it. My blogs will be down.

Few questions that I have been thinking for a while ~ should I change to a better hosting company? Should I use virtual private server (VPS)?

Prefer to host it at US (due to Google IP address optimization). Let me know if you have any suggestion. Thanks. 😉

  • I faced the similar issue as well. Blog goes down for few hours. 99.9% is the SLA for connection uptime and not server uptime…wow.

    By the way, is it true Google prefer host IP from US? If yes, then we can’t use Malaysia hosting service in this case 🙁

    • Not really need to host at US. We can set geographic target to US at Google Webmaster Central if hosts at Malaysia. 🙂

      • My blog is hosted in Malaysia 🙂

  • based on my own experience, go for the cheapest dedicated server and use MaxCDN. faster.

  • Get a reputable shared hosting provider.

  • steven

    been using exabytes semi-dedicated linux hosting (10 accounts per server) for almost 2 years…not once downtime IIRC, compared to last time also exabyte’s shared-hosting with 300 other accounts in 1 server.. you get what you pay for…

    • Thanks for the info. Will try it when HostMonster downtime is over my limit.