FREE HOST STUDY FAQ

Updated 8-25-2011

What are these links?
These are links to free hosts selected from a 2-year durability study on http://www.freewebspace.net in which many fly-by-night outfits were eliminated. Hosts who are no longer eligible vanished from the board.


Decker Sevices: Strong new Wildcard entry.

Seraphim Labs: Back after some big changes on the back end.

IsMyWebsite: Up for 4 years, strong for a while, but they are struggling a little lately.

CWahi Crosswinds: Former #1, Up for 10 years. They squeaked out of the top slot lately by not offering the industry standard cPanel, as well as a couple of reports on aggressive ads on their user homepages. However they claim to offer massive bandwidth, so let's find out!

HostMyThing: Exciting new host that offers "educational" support to specialize in loading database applications! Let's hope they do well!

RLS Hosting: A "Host I Like" which is a new category of a host I selected based on my impression of the ad they posted. This host is not required to follow the downtime reporting rules. We'll see if I Chose Well or if I Chose Poorly!

What are those bars?
They are little graphics hosted as indicators to make a combined dashboard. (So far no one's cheating!) If the bar is up, the host is at least partially up. The link list at the top of the ReVision front pages is my form of Linkback - but it doubles as an uptime log! So if the host goes down, their "DashLight" vanishes for the world to see. The link set at the bottom of this article uses the same principle, but goes to the panel logins.

I ran a modestly fair study. It was meant as 50% educational to the hosts, so yes, a couple of them got slightly more leeway etc. Put simply, it was an *OPT-IN* (how rare is THAT lately?) study. "All you have to do is Not Croak". They croaked anyway. It set a minor record over at FWS for one of the longest threads in their history, and also sent notice about the maturation of the industry that BS needed to stop. The current crop of entrants has currently whittled down to the few who might have what it takes to last.

Links:
Basic Site link FWS here: FWS Forums

The study thread is here: Study thread



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