January 2012, I started blogging. With my first blog, Wilwebs.com, I want to share knowledge and experience gained creating websites.
ThemingWP followed swiftly as my second blog. ThemingWP focuses on publishing reviews about WordPress themes.
What these blogs share, is a mutual perspective: technical topics considered from the point-of-view of a non-geek. For peers like myself.
Although, I have been making websites since the table-based era, my background is not in ICT, but in business administration.
Any website needs a web server, and therefore a hosting company that takes care of the web server as well as the infrastructure required to connect that web server to the internet.
Because of that, launching a blog dedicated to web hosting seemed quite an obvious step to me. So, here it is; HostingCaddie.com.
Why HostingCaddie? A caddie – or caddy – supports a golfer. Not only by dragging the golfer’s gear, but also with advice.
In a way, that is also my goal with this blog; helping you to run your own website.
Nowadays, I prefer to create my websites with WordPress. For that reason, some posts will only be of interest to other WordPress users.
The majority of the articles though, will benefit you no matter the technology deployed to create your website; static HTML pages, a hand-coded dynamic website, or with another popular Content Management System (CMS) like Drupal or Joomla!.
Exploring the Web Hosting Landscape
When you search the web for details about web hosting, you might notice that not all reviews and posts on this topic make a trustworthy impression.
Making a decision based upon questionable information is never very wise.
My plan to step over this threshold was spreading my websites over several hosts. Next question: which hosts?
Comparing hosting plans it occurred to me that a lot of hosts are still creating plans with static websites in mind.
These plans neglect the additional resources required by dynamic websites – websites powered by a database.
Those hosts allow a decent amount of traffic, but hardly enough disk space for contemporary, CMS-based websites that tend to publish tons of media files.
Just for the sake of reference; in the mid ’90s, I created a bilingual website for a publishing company. After about twelve months, the site counted 5,200+ files – about half of them were image files.
Despite the number of content files, this site occupied only 60 MB of web space. Compare that to my blog ThemingWP. Within one year, this weblog exceeded 500 MB of web storage.
That is not only because ThemingWP is powered by WordPress. Remember that in the mid ’90s we were still using dial-up modems to connect to the internet.
When your visitors need to dial-up to browse the web, with speeds ranging from 9600bps to 56k, you need to limit the weight of your pages and therefore the dimensions of your images.
Multimedia like streaming audio and video were non-existent. Yes, I know it is hard to imagine now that YouTube and Vine are so common. The 90’s were the days of the silent internet.
Anyway, when you are going to publish posts on a daily or even a weekly basis, I guess it is safe to say that a hosting plan for a single website should offer at least 1 gigabyte (1 GB) of web space.
Predictions are hard especially about the future, but when choosing a host, try to estimate your web requirements for the next six to twelve months – upgrading the hosting plan with your host is generally not a problem.
Dancing with Websites
As a preparation for this blog, I conducted a little experiment, and had my sites participate in a musical chairs extravaganza.
Since early 2013, I have been working with about 20+ hosts, located in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. With very popular, as well as lesser-known hosting companies.
At some point in time, I was working with twelve different hosts. All at the same time. Each host was serving one of my websites.
Three former hosts no longer exist. One announced timely that they would cease their operations. The end of the second one came quite unexpected, while the termination of the third did not surprise me at all.
Although I have been working with hosts as long as I am making websites, I was able to expand my experience with – and knowledge about – hosting dramatically the past 15 months.
Here at HostingCaddie, I am going to share that knowledge and experience with you.
When you have a question, or when you are faced with some kind of a problem regarding web hosting, please do not hesitate and drop me a note.
Whenever possible, it will be my pleasure to be your caddie.