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Why we do not offer unlimited hosting

This blog post was first published on Extreme Web Technologies’ Blog.

We come across many customers who are looking for unlimited hosting. This article is aimed to explain why we do not offer unlimited hosting, and why you shouldn’t look for a host that does offer unlimited hosting.

Unlimited hosting is a marketing gimmick, that claims to give you unlimited resources: disk space, bandwidth and features at a very cheap price which is governed by their fair usage policy buried somewhere in their fine print.

Say, for example, you spent millions of shillings planning your campaign, getting all the creative right, and started your marketing campaign only to find out that your website is suspended by the fair usage policy.

A fair usage policy is put in place to ensure that you are not overusing the server resources. You may be hosting a website that consumes a small percentage of CPU for a couple of seconds every time someone visits your website. And when your site starts getting a lot of visitors, you may start seeing your site become sluggish as the server becomes busy. In such cases, a web host may decide to suspend your site for sometime to make sure their other customers are not affected.

On a shared hosting environment, one server is setup to ideally accommodate between 250 to 500 hosting websites. A web hosting company can only provide you with unlimited hosting when they are overselling it. This means that they are actually hosting 2 – 3 times more accounts on a server.

Realistically, there is nothing like unlimited hosting! If you think about it, your hard drive has a capacity limit, your internet bundle has a capacity limit, everything has some sort of limit which makes “Unlimited Hosting” limited too!

Finding a good host may be slightly more expensive than the unlimited ones, but you are rest assured to get what you are paying for. When you are looking for a new web hosting company, you should be looking at the following three things:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • What their customers think of their support?
  • What are their uptime statistics?

Top Notch Quality Web Hosting since 2004

Extreme Web Technologies has been providing top notch quality web hosting since 2004 with exceptional 24/7 friendly customer support. 

We monitor all our servers through a third party monitoring service which probes our servers through out the day. We have an uptime report of over 99.5%!

Our entire team is notified when an outage is detected, and everyone is hands on deck to ensure the server is back up & running as soon as possible. In the event of a downtime, we have a backup mail servers that holds your emails waiting to deliver it as soon as the server is back online.

Experience customer happiness with us. Check our hosting plans here and read the testimonials of our happy customers.

What do you think of unlimited hosting? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Editors Note: This article was written by Mohsin Sumar (@mohsinsumar) and serves as the Technical Director of Extreme Web Technologies. Mohsin with his Customer Happiness team constantly strive to deliver top notch quality web hosting in Tanzania.


Generate 4 digit random PIN number in MySQL

I recently came across a problem where I had to update hundreds of client records with a random 4 digit PIN code. After some research, I wrote the following SQL which did the trick.

It will update all records on the table: table_name and set a random 4 digit PIN between 1,000 and 9,999 on the column `column_pin`.

UPDATE `table_name` SET `column_pin` = FLOOR( 1000 + ( RAND( ) *8999 ) ) ;


I hope this was helpful to you.


The value of social media in recruitment

I wrote an article on “The value of social media in recruitment” for ASPIRE™ by People Power™ published on 10th October 2011. A copy of the article is below:

The value of social media in recruitment

Candidates would normally research about a company and prepare themselves before attending a job interview. However, with the emergence and popularity of social media sites, recruiters can also do the same before calling candidates for job interviews!

Every day, new users sign up on the three main social media sites we know today – namely, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn which have over 975 million combined user accounts. The people using these social media websites sign up with their personal information as mandatory; optionally include their employment history and periodically post updates on what they’ve been doing.


Which Internet Service Provider (ISP) do you use in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania?

Extreme Web Technologies posted the above question on their Facebook page few days ago.

To vote your opinion, follow the link below:

Which Internet Service Provider (ISP) do you use in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania?

Words of Wisdom

Wealth does not pass three generations

I came across an interesting Chinese proverb and thought I’d share:

“Fu bu guo san dai”

  • Literally: Wealth does not pass three generations.
  • Meaning: It’s rare that the wealth of a family can last for three generations (the 2nd may see the value of hard work, but the 3rd forgets it).
  • Explanation: In business, the first generation works extremely hard, so that the second generation reaps the benefits. By the time the third generation arrives, the wealth is squandered.


Words of Wisdom

Its kind of fun to do the impossible

“Its kind of fun to do the impossible.”
– Walt Disney


BlackBerry Firewall Settings

If you are a web host, ISP or a network service provider serving BlackBerry users, you may be interested in adding the IPs mentioned on BlackBerry Technical Solution Center KB11036 to your firewalls’ whitelist.

Special thanks to Ali Shariff of Double Click Consulting for the above link.


PHP / MySQL eCards tutorial

In 2003, I wrote a tutorial on how to build your own eCards service using PHP/MySQL. It was written and published on Flash-dB Forum. If you have any queries, please direct them to Flash dB – Flash eCards Forum.

The bad news is that the tutorial went off-air and I am unable to find it. If you happen to have a copy, please email it to me and if I do manage to find it, I will make a point to update this post.

However, the good news is that I have the zip archive with the scripts. Click on the link below to download.

Download PHP / MySQL eCards Tutorial

Words of Wisdom

You do not get great handwriting if you do not start scribbling

I came up with my first original quote in one of my email correspondences today, and I would like to share it with you.

“You do not get great handwriting if you do not start scribbling”
– By Mohsin Sumar

Extreme Web Technologies

Sponsors of Veterani Sports Club – Gezaulole

Mohsin handing T-Shirt of "Extreme #1" to Goalkeeper
Mohsin handing T-Shirt of "Extreme #1" to the Goalkeeper of Veterani Sports Club - Gezaulole, Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam on 21st May 2010.

Earlier this month, on the 21st May 2010 – Extreme Web Technologies sponsored a local football club called Veterani Sports Club in Gezaulole, Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam.

We sponsored new jerseys, shirts, shorts, socks, goalkeepers gloves, referee uniforms, accessories and most important of all – footballs.

You can see me handing over T-Shirt of “EXTREME #1” in the photo on the right.

Click here to see more photos of this event in Extreme Web Technologies Facebook Page.