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As continuation on the topic of webhosting here are some general information about too more webhosting companies, HostGator and Dreamhost. Both are very popular and established webhosting companies and offer both shared (I'll only focus on shared) and dedicated hosting. Unlike my Yahoo! Small Business review, I have no hosting experience with HostGator or Dreamhost so I can only tell you what I heard about them.
You get what you paid for, mostly the reviews for HostGator is excellent with a few bad experiences. Some large and I mean extremely large sites are hosted with HostGator, for example Sitepoint, a huge web development website/forum. Of course, when you have a website the size of Sitepoint you won't have to pay for hosting, you are sponsored :D.
Dreamhost is another well established webhosting service, its prices is inexpensive compared to HostGator. In fact it is so inexpensive, many people consider Dreamhost to be a webhost that oversells. A full rundown of overselling is covered here, the basic idea is that Dreamhost assumes that most users will not use the 10gig maximum so they advertise higher to attract more users. If every users use 10gig, not only would the company be losing money but they will also have technical problems with their server capacity. Some Dreamhost users say that once their website grew Dreamhost were no longer able to keep up. There were times when they can't connect to their servers.
Even though Dreamhost is very generous with bandwidth and disk space, they put a restriction on CPU usage. You are not allowed to exceed one hour CPU usage on their servers. Of course Dreamhost does not advertise this restriction. The whopping disk space and bandwidth is included on their banners and the CPU restriction in their Terms of Service.
At this point you might be wondering what exactly is CPU usage and how would the restriction effect you. To be concise, it is suffice to say all websites other than those made up of just static HTML require CPU usage. For example, the search bar on you website needs CPU usage to use certain algorithm to return search results. If you are not given any CPU usage, your visitor would not be able to perform a simple search across your site. Most of the time, CPU usage is a given and not a limited resource.
One of the main theories that Dreamhost only allow you to use one hour of CPU of twenty four a day, is that this way the can limit the size of your website. Before you reach their limit for disk space and bandwidth you will probably hit the limit for their CPU usage. Then they can send you a message to upgrade your account and pay extra for more CPU time (or maybe disk space/bandwidth its hard to say). While this theory is debatable, I think its fair to say it better to host a large video streaming site rather than a java application of the same size with Dreamhost.
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