Most Websites Are Not Resource-Intensive

I think many customers shopping for web hosting dramatically overestimate how demanding their website will be on a server.

Most individuals and small businesses create content-oriented websites that serve text and images. These websites usually only have modest numbers of visitors. They’re often built on content management systems like WordPress and Joomla. Neither system is particularly demanding.

Let’s use Confusopoly.com as an example. The hosting environment includes a WordPress installation, plugins, images, an email account with about 1,000 messages, and a few MySQL databases.[1] Total disk space used: under one gigabyte.

My homepage has a size of about 300 kilobytes. Let’s pessimistically assume that every page view requires all the content to be loaded (no files are stored in visitors’ browser caches). How many page loads could occur with 100 just gigabytes of bandwidth? Over 300,000.[2] Admittedly, my homepage is fairly lightweight. It’s not that unusual though. Wikipedia’s main page came in at a similar 350 kilobytes when I just tested it.

How about my Mobile Phone Service Confusopoly page that has a couple of images? It comes in at about 900 kilobytes. With 100 gigabytes of bandwidth and no caching, the page could be loaded over 100,000 times.[3]

Why Almost No One Else Recommends Namecheap Hosting

Namecheap is one of the few web hosts that I strongly recommend. Namecheap’s prices are amazing, the product is solid, and the company is transparent.

Despite all that, hardly any websites with web host reviews or rankings recommend Namecheap’s hosting. Why?

I believe the best explanation is simple. Money.

Namecheap offers awfully small commissions compared to competitors. A typical commission on one of Namecheap’s shared hosting packages will probably be a few dollars.[1] The commission on other companies’ shared web hosting packages will regularly be in the $50-$100+ range.[2]

If you Google a query like top web hosts, you’ll find a bunch of bogus evaluation websites offering lists of recommended web hosts. Typically, these websites have relationships with all the hosts they recommend. You won’t find Namecheap on their lists.[3]

Even entities that do actual testing and data collection almost never include Namecheap in their evaluations. It’s unfortunate for consumers.