Originally Posted by r9host
What do you think about current status of hosting market? How is it going these days? Is it growing rapidly? How do you rate the market?
Kindly request hosting providers participate this topic.
Thanks in advance for your replies.
It is overwhelmingly congested with a lot of fly by night providers and cheapo hosts who are intentionally dumping services below cost in an effort to gain market share. Given the extremely competitive nature of this industry, that strategy never works. Sadly as those hosts fall short or completely fall by the wayside they pull the rest of the industry down in their wake.
After almost 20 years I can safely say that if you do not remain diverse enough, unique enough and or forward thinking enough you will not weather the storm.
I believe at some point there will be a move towards consolidation again with larger hosts buying up a lot of smaller hosts, or some combination of hosting companies consolidating / merging to form one larger more efficient provider.
I can say for certain that the state of the economy the last 1/2 dozen years has been of little to any positive help.
Just have to stay on top of the future trends and try to guess what the next big "buzz" word will be ofter "cloud"... Then capitalize on it until that one is beaten to death and priced under cost.
Never a dull moment in this business!