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Shared hosting on GoDaddy or any other will slow your website down

[fa icon="calendar"] November 12, 2014 - Fred Thompson

At first, it sounds like a great deal: You can shared host your website, you know – the one you just spent all that time and money on – for $5 per month. Everybody loves a great deal; that is, until the deal really is not a deal.

GoDaddy and a host (no pun intended) of other on-line vendors constantly advertise monthly rates ranging from about $5 – $10 per month to host your website. How can they afford to do this? Easy. These companies will put anywhere from 300-500 websites similar to yours on one server. A web server is just like your computer at home, only more robust and running different software. If you tried to run 500 routines on your home computer simultaneously, what would happen? It would slow down (a lot) or worse, it might crash.

We get a lot of calls about this: “Why is my website taking two minutes to load?” In all cases, these users have put their website on a “shared” hosting environment. It’s like this: When everybody gets out of work at 5:00 PM and orders pizza from their smart phones on their way home, everything slows down. The Internet and the over-crowded web-servers get really busy. It’s not fun to have to wait your turn, is it?

Web-hosting-apartment-complex-illus_smPicture an over-crowded apartment building. It’s nice and quiet during off-peak times, like in the middle of the night. But what happens if there’s like a block party down the street, and everybody tries to leave his or her apartment at about the same time. With only one entrance and one exit, there will be a huge bottleneck.

A web-server computer works about the same way. It has an IP address, ports, and protocols. If the web-server gets too many requests to do some work, that is, to deliver a page to someone who clicked on your Google search address, things can go haywire.

So how do you fix this? Well… you can call GoMommy and ask for an upgrade. Whoa. Want your own full-blown dedicated web-server? Prepare to spend at least $800 per month. Yikes! So, how does GoAuntie mollify this pricing? The answer is not complicated: Shared hosting on steroids. Instead of 500 sites on one server, let’s just put 200 on it, and price it at say $50 per month. Or 100 sites and price it at $150 per month, etc.

Is this a good idea? Nope. We have tried some of these intermediate “solutions” over the years. We tried a $50 plan once and it ran slower than the company’s $5 plan. We called tech support and were told, “Our $50 server is not ‘optimized’ for WordPress.” “Optimized” is a pretty bland term. Explain that please – in tech talk. They couldn’t.

The only good solution is careful server management. As a business person, you know a business’s success or lack thereof depends on management. New Destiny Media, of course, offers web hosting. We simply manage our servers, keep them running at a light load, and we don’t charge a lot of money.

We also guarantee some performance metrics. Do you have a huge blog that pulls in 10,000 page views per day? We guarantee our servers can handle that load with zero slow down. Will GoMommy / Cousin / Auntie give you the same assurance? Call them and find out. Then call us.

Topics: Web Development

Fred Thompson

Written by Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson is the owner of New Destiny Media; Fred loves working side-by-side with business owners to create successful marketing campaigns that grown their business. When Fred is not working, he is spending time with his three very active children at home. He is an avid problem solver (MacGyver), Loves anything Martial Arts related and Social Media gets him excited about work.