There have been a couple threads lately blaming vbseo when it is in fact a poor service provider at fault.
So, here's my list of recommended hosting providers, companies, etc.
My usual disclaimer:
These are my own suggestions from being in the web business for 10 years now and do not necessarily represent that of VBSEO or Crawlability, inc.
My "post" range may drastically differ depending on your niche. Some sites have one person who posts 50+ times a day. Consider my post ranges an average.
1-75 posts a day, never/rarely more than 25 online with default cookie timeout.
75-350 posts a day, 25-100 online at once with default cookie
351-1000 posts a day, 101-400 online at once
Dedicated server (obviosuly, these can vary DRASTICALLY. use as a guide only)
Note: Softlayer, and many other dedicated providers are UNMANAGED. If you are not comfortable getting around a linux box, SSH, etc there are 3rd party providers who can help on a monthly recurring basis and/or 1-time ticket basis.
You probably shouldn't be reading this post You have far different needs than this article is aimed at.
If your company isn't on here, it doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. Others are probably on-par, and heck, maybe even surpass their service level. But, I haven't used them and don't know anything about them. Everything above, I've used at one point or another in my 'hosting career' and there's a reason why i recommend these guys over the other's I've used in the pass. But again, I obviously haven't used everything.
ALWAYS search these forums first for the company you are considering hosting with. You may find some horror stories. But, you may also be impressed. No results? Post a new thread! Someone's bound to have heard of them or used them at one point. If not, there's always the big webhosting boards, such as Web Hosting Talk - The largest, most influential web hosting community on the Internet where you can search for your company you are considering hosting with.
In the game of webhosting, you 99.945% of the time get what you pay for. There's a reason why dedicated boxes cost $400+ and shared costs $7.
500 sites at $7 is FAR more profit than $400 for the exact same hardware/space use. Over-selling resources is how shared providers make money.
If you can't make $20 a month off your forum to move off the $7 hosting, that's a different thread you should post for a revenue critique, site critique, and a content critique.
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