The Web Hosting Industry of
Web hosting has evolved in
many different ways since its evolution of the
world wide web in the early 1990s. Web hosting
previously was just a shell account with no
graphical user interface, and now it is a full
blown system with a plethora of features that
you won’t mostly use anyway. Web hosting of the
future is about Web 2.0. In many ways, web hosts
are implementing Web 2.0 applications into their
web hosting product, because before people
wanted a website for a business or a school
project, but right now everybody and their
mothers want a website.
The website can be a blog
where they share about their public life or a
website with numerous pictures. Nevertheless,
the future of web hosting has yet to come. More
and more people will be needing web hosting as
they find a need for a better and more reliable
method of delivering information to a friend.
For a wedding I just attended, I had to make my
reservation online rather than call or mail.
What is the future? Why are people continuing to
use the internet? Well for one, it makes
everything more organized and automated. Ahh..
that is the word. Automation. With automation,
there is no longer the urgency to meet
deadlines, and it keeps everything in place.
What differentiate web hosting
in the late 90s with 2008, is that web hosting
now is more than about the space or features.
People are looking for better support, which is
still a problem for 2008 believe it or not. When
will companies learn that better support means
higher retention rate for customers. The only
companies that will survive will be companies
who have better support. Web hosting has already
reached a plateau when Yahoo decided to offer
unlimited space and bandwidth on its only single
plan. But when will people use up all the space,
except when they are backing up their pc. Most
people will only use 100 MB for their website
and even then it is a lot.
The future of web hosting in
2008 is about software applications in the web
hosting packages. It is about faster server. It
is about ease of use. Hopefully eventually the
web hosts will learn that in 2010, but then
again they will probably not. They rather save
money, but they don’t realize the money they are
losing from their existing customers. Even
though the new modern marketing books say it is
more important to make money from new customers
than existing, why lose existing customers when
it is so easy to keep them?