I was shopping at Home Depot for a sander on the weekend. I looked at them all for a good 30 minutes. There was no clear measurement of how to tell which one was better. There was an expensive one, a cheap one and a mid priced one. There was no measurement to judge vibrations per second, there was no measure of them at all. I ended up leaving the store with a sanding block because it was the only one I really understood in the end.
On the drive home it made me start to wonder.
In a recent poll you our visitors and customers said that hosting is a commodity.
Has hosting become a commodity where there is no distinguishable way to tell which one is better. It use to be who had the best support and up time. The stronger servers get the easier it for hosts to achieve high up time and all hosts provide 24/7 support. Instead of it being a service it moved to who had the most space and bandwidth. That model is called overselling. I have explained that before on this blog if your not familiar with that model. If you notice most hosts these days have unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited domains. In essence there is no way to distinguish between hosts again. So where does that leave the customer?
I don’t really have any answers to that question. When I was searching for a sander I was confused. Maybe potential hosting customers are confused too.
I am left wondering if our model is out dated and if we need to test models of hosting.
I think we should do several controlled tests of some various models of hosting.
We will put together 1 server which we will host 100 unlimited space, bandwidth and domain account. The packages will cost $214.80 ($8.95/month) for 24 months or $119.40 ($9.95/month) for 12 months. I will be interested to see how long the server stays online and how long it will take to sell 100 accounts.
High Paying Affiliates
The 2nd model will be based off another trend where more hosts are paying $65 or more per customer lead. This is a lot of money to pay out but again perhaps we can increase sign-ups by paying out more. This model will be controlled again on 1 server. We will create an overselling package for the affiliates to sell in the $149.40 a year range. We will then pay affiliates $88 after 30 days if a customer is still with us. Again it will be interesting to see how well this model works if at all.
What do you think? Any model you think we should try? Which one do you think will work or not work?