Most of us have witnessed the dark ages of the Internet. There came a time where the general public cannot seem to find a use for it.
Two decades in and we can no longer see ourselves working offline.
Gone were the days where the Internet was a disposable system. Today, it has become a valued commodity.
Parallel to the surge of the Internet is the inception of several web hosting companies that vies to bridge the gap between business owners and the rest of the world.
With the fast rise of consumer Internet necessities, web hosting companies sprung uncountable.
One of these is Webhost.Pro. For nearly 2 decades, Webhost.Pro is one of the companies who take part in a continuous competition for top spot in the industry.
To tell us more about this, joining us today is Charles Yarbrough, one of the founders of Webhost.Pro. I’m sure our dear readers want to learn more about the company.
It’s a great pleasure to hear it straight from you.
To kick start this interview, we would like to know more about WebHost.Pro as a company. Can you share with us an overview of WebHost.Pro and how you guys came to be? The founders of WebHost.Pro namely James Gardner and Charles Yarbrough initially met in 1998 as they shared their ideas about online businesses but it was not until 3 years later when they formally partnered up to start DWHS (Domain Web Hosting Service).
Now, in line with the question above, what are the major challenges encountered by these two and what are the services refined during those years?
In the beginning there was so many obstacles, we did not have anti DOS protection, hard drives were not very durable, raid was flawed, the list goes on. There has been so many points of growth over the last 15 years the list would go on forever. The best moves we made were getting our data center which gave us so much more control over the servers, network, and access.
That seems very interesting. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the company’s past, Charles.
Even after 10 years in the industry, your company is still one of the most sought after web hosting company. To seal this, you guys have been awarded as the Most Popular Web Host in 2011. Through these years, what are the company’s best practices to remain ahead of the curve?
I think this is where we stand out above almost all hosts. We realized a long time ago this was a constant moving train that is ever changing. What we had just two years ago is already outdated in many ways. In fact just this week we are adding our most powerful server yet. It has 32 Xeon CPU threads, 14 TB of SSD hard drives, and 516 GB of ram. Ten years ago a shared server had 4 gigs of ram. This will cycle out two old servers that will get donated to local tech schools.
Wow! That kind of dedication and hard work will surely course your company through longevity.
Before we start parading your services, we would like to know more about your system and network.
For years, you have been known to have a fast server. In your page, it is said that you donate old hardware and replace it with the best servers. During the process, how are you able to migrate client accounts to the new server? What technology is deployed to ensure secured migration?
We couldn’t keep a constant evolving system without CPanel, our prefered control panel allows for seamless upgrades from server to server. Once everything is moved, we keep the old server around for about a month and then cycle it out.
Well, i’m sure that’s a relief to your clients.
Moving forward, unlike other web hosting companies, you run a low load server. For those of us who are technologically challenged, can you tell us more about this system and how does it affect the company’s productivity?
Simply put we cap our shared servers at about 500 accounts, the bulk bigger web hosts run on average run around 1500 sites per server. So not only do we have faster newer servers we also run less accounts for more reliability and speed. We noticed with over about 500 accounts the server is not able to run it’s best at all times.
Recently, you have announced that you have successfully deployed Green Web Hosting in accordance to the RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances). Apart from its known environmental impact, how does it directly affect your clients in terms of utilization?
We actually did this in our LA data center, this just means we spend a little more to get green friendly hardware. It’s a little more expensive but much better for the environment. Our biggest Green movement was opening our second data center in Las Vegas, it runs almost 100% on Solar.
Now, shall we talk more about your services? What are the services that held a firm market through the years?
Our customers are pretty evenly spread. We have tens of thousands of shared accounts and hundreds of dedicated customers. We also have a good share in reseller web hosting. Shared is the most popular, but our dedicated and VPS market is the fastest growing.
The services you offer are a feast in the eye but one that has especially caught our attention is the University and College Web hosting. How is it any different from all the other types of web hosting?
We have several tech schools that provide shared hosting to all of the students. We do give a discount for all schools. What the schools seem to appreciate most is how easy it is to get the information to the students. We provide a full list of domains and the logins in a sheet form. All we need is the list of domains and payment. Also many of the students go on to keep the website going after the class ends.
You have just given students a brighter future with this.
We see that you work with several channel partners, some of the names in the list are cPanel, Intel, Apache and many more. How can these channels work harmoniously with each other?
As a hosting company to get really good you need to hone in your skills. There is so many technologies and branches for the industry if you try to learn it all you will never get really good at one. Right from the start partnered with the Apache project, Intel, MySQL, PHP, and CentOS. This gave us a clear path of learning. Every server we run with Web Host Pro uses CentOS or some flavor of Linux.
In line with the question, you also launched the FFMPEG Web Hosting which use some of these channels which can be used in any other plans. How does it affect overall service efficiency and utilization?
FFMPEG uses a lot of resource on the server. For us to run it on a shared server we had to set apart some servers just for FFMPEG. These servers run less than 250 accounts to make up for the additional resources needed to stream video.
We are nearing the end of our interview, Charles. Do you have any announcements or offers you’d like to share to our readers?
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Thanks for the Interview.
Web Host Pro Inc.
Now there you have it folks. Thank you once again Charles for having done the interview with us. Good luck to you and the folks back at Webhost.Pro.
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