I’m going to describe a horror story. It might not be scary for you, Mr. I own 20 servers, however it is scary for many people who rely on their web site for income.
Let us make a test / meta case, joe.com . Joe likes, .. (hmm) baseball. So, Joe spends the time needed to learn PHP programming and develops a community that focuses on baseball. His favorite team is the .. (hmm) wilderbeasts.
Joe purchases hosting from xyz host, which promises ‘superior’ everything. He develops a custom web presence that does very well, he spends lots of time marketing his web site. Joe now has 1500+ users who view his site daily, some of them click on his advertisements which helps to fund Joe’s monthly paycheck.
Joe is an out-of-work IT guy. No job, he’s too old, his job was sent to India.
Joe pays the $35 that xyz host wants, uploads his stuff, everything is going well. A month later, the Wilderbeast team makes it into the world series. Joe publishes a commentary which is picked up on Digg.com. Out of the blue, Joe’s web site gets 2 million visitors, because of Digg and how many people use it.
Sadly, Joe’s host terminated his account, wiped all of his data and databases and sent him packing because his web site was over-using server resources and interfering with the 500 other domains hosted on that server. Now Joe’s 1500 users go somewhere else. Bah, why must this be?
Sound familiar? Joe became a victim of his own success.