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The Web Hosting Industry of 2008

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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?



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