HostingDiscussion.com is looking to launch a brand new service to benefit the web hosting industry. Web Hosting Industry Index monitors fluctuation of prices in proportion to web space and bandwidth. Those indexes are dynamic and real-time, and are based on verified packages submitted by web hosting companies in different markets.
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT OUT THERE.
BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE THIS POWERFUL INDUSTRY TOOL.
I am looking for 10 web hosting companies, big or small, established or startups, to register and submit their web hosting packages.
All information registered remain anonymous, except for raw data: web space, bandwidth and price charged.
Beta-testing will include:
- registering an account
- submitting the plans
- possibly providing brief feedback about the experience/service
What is expected of beta-testers:
- Your web hosting company is based in the following markets: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia (offers are submitted in currency provided by your company)
- You provide any of the following:
Virtual Private Servers
Please post below your e-mail address (you can modify it to prevent it being grabbed by spambots) for me to send you the link to the service.
I appreciate all the help in advance and I hope this industry tool will eventually become a great informative source for companies to follow the market dynamics.
Adrian, first of all, thank you very much for your feedback. You raise very good points, so let me address all of them.
Now a "Web Hosting Industry Index" may be a good idea, however the problem is that "hosting" has no real base comparison method.
Will you be cross comparing uptime, server type, page load speed, ping, data transfer speed, data center, tech support reaction time, price and server space to give a more accurate comparable index?[/
In regard to your first point, Web Hosting Industry Index is not meant to compare anything. It is meant, similar to stock market system, provide index "averages". These averages will be based on continuously updated information: existing current offers hundreds, and, hopefully, thousands of web hosting companies provide. These indexes (or averages) are the web space and bandwidth, the two most fierce units of competition.
The value of service is in pure information of the latest market average offers and average market price that is being charged for certain products. That is true for every hosting type in various global markets.
Regarding your second part, I do not necessarily see how I could provide a comparison on uptime when information about hosting companies is private and is used exclusively to calculate the indexes. However, the list of potential comparison centers is a great start to start modeling Version 2 of this Web Hosting Industry Index.
Or will you only base it on price and server space and assume all other aspects are the same?
Somewhat yes. So far I will only base it on three variances: web space/bandwidth and average price charged. I understand a bigger issue that exists for hosting types like dedicated, VPS or even shared hosting. Server specs are different, the infrastructure of each company might be different. However, since information is constantly updated, and assuming the market uses relatively same server hardware/software (only a limited number of them is used) we could predict that those averages will be accurate when hundreds of companies take part on this venture - the sample error will decrease with every additional company submitting their packages.
I hope I was clear in my explanation. Adrian, if you have any other questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask away! I'll be happy yo answer all of your questions.
In closing, I really hope the information provided by this service is going to benefit web hosting company. If 1 company considers the information useful, this is a success.
PS: I'm currently working to make publicly available data refering to the number of participating companies and submitted packages per hosting type.