Web Hosting

Occasionally, when trying to access Ninja Hedgehog, the website takes forever to load or it doesn’t load at all and you get stuck with an error 500 “Internal Server Error” message. This pisses me off.

When choosing a web host, there’s so much to consider. For example, the monthly/annual cost, number of websites you can create, number of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) accounts, number of databases available, email addresses etc.

For around 4 or 5 years, I’ve used 123-Reg because of the features offered and the monthly cost- I feel that it’s a nice balance. Also, over the years, I’ve found their customer support to be absolutely amazing.

The particular hosting package that I use and have paid for (in advance, up to May 2015), is described as follows:

“Suitable to host multiple large and busy websites or for web developers”

Web hosting isn’t especially expensive but nor is it especially cheap. When you consider that no money is made from Ninja Hedgehog, you begin to realise that this is just an expensive hobby.

I recently contacted 123-Reg about the error 500 messages that are being experienced. Apparently, this error message is received when Ninja Hedgehog exceeds the maximum allowed amount of PHP requests, which is set by 123-Reg to 6.

As you may or may not be aware, I use WordPress for Ninja HedgehogWordPress is recommended and actively used by 123-Reg but the available plugins for WordPress websites are apparently not always coded for optimal use on shared-hosting platforms (which is the type of hosting package I subscribe to). It was recommended that I consider subscribing to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) package, which would be better equipped to handle more PHP requests.

The cheapest 123-Reg VPS package is 50% more expensive than the shared-hosting package I’m currently subscribed to and whilst I could stretch to it, I really don’t see why I should have to. I subscribed to my current shared-hosting package because it was supposedly suitable for my needs. Unless someone makes a fairly large donation to Ninja Hedgehog, or until I win the lottery, I’m afraid we’ll have to put up with the error 500 messages.

Sorry about that.

One Reply to “Web Hosting”

  1. This is exactly my problem. My little hobby over at http://www.my-pump.co.uk is turning into a nightmare with “500 Internal Server Errors” and all 123-Reg can suggest is a fork out a small fortune on VPS! I don’t make any money from my site either! It’s just wrong!

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