Saturday, December 20, 2008

Web Hosting Industry Retrospective

When the LIST of low cost web space services was started in 1995, there weren't many options out there for someone wanting to publish content on the internet. It was fairly expensive, and there were a lot of limitations on space and bandwidth. I remember a particularly indignant provider complaining that $50/month was an unrealistic maximum for my list, and that they couldn't possibly afford to offer a service for that little.

Over the next 5 years there was an explosion of companies, and with competition, and technology getting cheaper, there were more and more hosting services offered at cheaper and cheaper prices. There was an especially large growth in resellers, while there was some consolidation in the actual underlying providers.