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I use hostgator business plan hosting.
I want to host simple local business webpages with a subdomain. 10 page max per subdomain.

I also want to host link cloaking/redirect/tracking software with my customers domains that they point at my server. I would then add their domain into my hosting account and install link cloaking/tracking software for them to use for tracking their own ads. All of this for a monthly fee.

It is a php based link tracking/cloaking script. The script is very simple.

I don't know how this works but my concern is... What if I have too many people on my hosting account that I sign up for link tracking, does that affect how my sites on the same hosting account will function as to speed or otherwise?

Will it slow things down?
Hostgator says I get Unlimited bandwith, domains and diskspace.

I just want to provide a service if it wont adversely affect my other sites in some way.

Thanks to everyone in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author theIMgeek
    Every time a link is tracked through your server it would cause one http request to your server, plus (probably) 2 to the database. (one to lookup the link, and one to save the stats)

    That's not a heavy burden, but it could potentially add up. Shared hosting definitely has it's limits, but I can't imagine this causing too much noticable trouble unless you're getting pretty huge clickthrough. (at which point, in theory, it would be self-sustaining enough to warrant it's own server or VPS)

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  • Profile picture of the author FortressDewey
    Originally Posted by noxid101 View Post

    Will it slow things down?
    Hostgator says I get Unlimited bandwith, domains and diskspace.

    No such thing as unlimited. Strictly marketing ploy.
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  • Profile picture of the author nultz
    Unlimited = overselling servers = big no no.

    This technique has been out for a long time now and everyone seems to be a victim of it. The reason I say victim is because of what is offered. On a server you get x space and x ram followed by x processors. For a decent server you are looking at about 300 per month to lease. If you are paying that price per box the configuration is decent enough to be called a web server. Here comes the catches:

    1) You need a backup strategy for this server. Evey GB in storage = another GB in backup
    2) Support. Unfortunately there is alot of outsourced support and slow support if you are lucky
    3) Ratio of sites to box is usually high. One provider I know stores 2000 sites per box that they pay only 200 for each month. The offer unlimited hosting but the biggest account only uses 3gb.
    4) What are you responsible for when you are playing this market? Usually the all care no responsibility philosophy is adopted.
    5) Quality of customer is also another issue as usually punters of first generation sites are put on these boxes.
    6) What is the offer for the price. Well "Unlimited". If you have a cheeky bugger sign up they will attempt to backup servers and god knows what else and unfortunately you have to wear it as you offer "Unlimited".

    In conclusion you have got a great recipe for disaster. While I dont like to wish this on anyone it is a matter of time before larger more popular hosting providers start going ass up because of this methology and practice. I honestly think that the ones that do go under deserve it and they will... it is just a matter of when.
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  • Profile picture of the author stma
    If you are selling to clients and you are responsible for the hosting you can't be frugal (and you should have some padding to get quality).

    Get a VPS from a higher end company like liquidweb. Going to cost you about 40 to 60 per month and you have a lot more control.

    Down the road you will find that you have plenty of memory, etc... but you are making to many requests. Change a setting on the server and gives you more padding.... find you need a dedicated, easy transfer to a new box, etc....

    Never host client sites on shared hosting - to much crap can go wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author nultz
    I agree stma..The problem with alot of these hosting companies is they dont care and offer poor service and not good quality hosting.VPS as a service is a good option as long as you go with a reputable service.
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    • Profile picture of the author belgianguy
      I have tried several hosting services and was not satisfied with any of them, until I tried pacifichost. Great product and the best customer support I have ever had for any online product.
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