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The way we run hundreds of websites is using dedicated servers. What you're using now with Hostgator is shared hosting -- a whole bunch of different people are hosting their domains on the same physical machine (server). With a dedicated server, the server doesn't run anything but your sites. No sharing.Of course, dedicated servers are expensive. The middle ground option is a VPS, which is your case is VPS hosting, not the same as the VPS we'll be offering where you can login to it and run Windows Server as if it's sitting on your own computer.VPS hosting gives you more memory, bandwidth, processor usage, etc., and so can run more sites on it.But yeah, I've read nothing but bad experiences with Hostgator once you actually start to get successful. They only want you to host with them if you're not actually getting any traffic or earning any money, at least on their shared hosting.
This chart states that all of the "shared plans" are the same from the standpoint of traffic, and that is 7,000 - 8,000 visitors per day.
Hi Neevin,I noticed in your post that you have purchased the "Standard Plan" from Hostgator. I'm pretty sure that is a dedicated Wordpress - Cloud plan and as such it doesn't have a CP Panel. If you want to do Java Redirects you will need to have a CP Panel (unless there is another way to do a redirect). Regards,Grant
Andrew is much more forgiving of Hostgator than I am. Given the massive popularity of Wordpress, to me Hostgator's posting of "7,000 visitors" without qualifying that based on the type of CMS you're using is very disingenuous. They know that most people will be using Wordpress, yet they fail to disclose the "gotcha". Why? Because they want to sell more hosting and then force you to upgrade after they shut down your account for going over the CPU threshold.I don't like Hostgator. Never had good experience with them. I'm just one person, so take my opinion as you will, and I respect Andrew's positions. So there.
Yes I understand what you are saying about CPU usage. I guess it's generally just difficult to quantify. But your comment regarding WP sites just sitting on a shared hosting plan is a good one. - the other comment I would make is that for every REAL visitor to your CPU resource hungry site you also get up to 10x as many bots & spidersCan I make a CPU/traffic analogy using a nice spring rain versus a thunder storm. Both produce the same volume of rain but the nice spring rain does it over a broader period of time. Would it be fair to say that our traffic from SM2 is like the spring rain? Or is there just no real way to judge that? - very difficult to predict ahead of getting started, I started two brand new sites both in mainstream niches within two weeks of one another around 6 weeks ago, one of them now gets 2k+ daily visitors, the other only gets 100-125 daily visitors, there is no logic as to why this happens, it just happens VERY regularlyYou mentioned that you have used several hosting providers over the years. Have you any experience with Hostgator? - yes, years ago before they sold out to a much larger company(very good back then), I did try them again since their takeover, and mirror JL's comments 100% about them since then. I went onto the Servikus site that you recommended and have asked them some questions. The other thing is once you have your domains loaded onto there servers, isn't it a hassle to migrate everything to another provider? - all GOOD hosting companies today provide a free migration service(or worse case scenario a low cost option), you should not let that hold you back, that is how the bad hosting companies used to trap you What you said about moving your sites around, that is, starting with say 10 sites on a plan and waiting until they grow before moving them to their own plan. Are you using Servikus - Web Hosting - Ultimate plans to do that? - yes, I keep them on their LiteSpeed Hosting Plans initially, then move them onto the Ultimate Hosting Plans as they warrant more space to maintain growth....they are very flexible, you can also get a very good deal with them, I pay just over $100/year incl dedi IP's per Litespeed account & just over $150/year for SSD Ultimate Plans. If you are chatting with them use my name as a reference, it should help you get very similar deals to mine Answered all your main points ahead in red Grant.