It’s been close to three weeks since moving WassupBlog to BlueHost, and so far I am very happy with the move. The original reason for the move was because my last host suspended my account because my CPU usage was above the allowed amount for shared hosting.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, as my post Of Web Hosts And Blogger Friends describes how LunarPages handled the very same situation. The problem seems to be with the shared hosting package that most bloggers, including myself, go for, as it is by far the cheapest way to host your blog.
I think it is safe to say that most of the time a shared hosting environment is all that the average blogger will ever need, and they may never have their blog suspended or banned by their host because of excessive CPU usage. Then again, you never know when one of your posts may go viral, or when you may cross the line by adding one too many plugins, or by installing a poorly written script, any one of which may cause your CPU usage to spike to such an extent that causes your blog’s suspension.
You may want to check with your host to see what their policy is in regards to this situation. I’ve found that this blog’s host, BlueHost, has a very unique way of handling this problem. They have incorporated what is known as CPU Throttling, so instead of your site going offline due to excessive CPU isage, it merely slows down to lower the amount of CPU being used. As you can appreciate, it’s a whole lot better to use this method to deal with the occasional spike in CPU, causing your blog to slow down for awhile, rather than having it shut down altogether.
This is all great stuff, but there may come a day when your blog outgrows your shared hosting package, and you will need to move over to a dedicated server, which is a single web server within a network of computers, dedicated solely to one customer. Once hosted on a dedicated server you no longer need to worry about other sites causing your site to slow down.
The reason that most people do not go this route is because of the added cost. I have had look around and managed to come up with several low costing packages that may suit the small business blogger who want go straight to the better package rather than go through the stress and hardship of moving over when things pick up.
At the moment I am quite content with the way things are going with my shared host packages, but there may well come a day when I outgrow them, and when that day comes I reckon I will will be considering on of the above packages.