Web hosting prices in 2003
August 28, 2011
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I just discovered an old file on my hard drive where I had collected the offers of a few web hosts, probably in January 2003. I’ve simply copied it over, just removing two broken links:
- Seanic.Net: 35MB for $3.92/month, 2 GB transfer.
- AIT: 100MB for $4.95/month, 20 GB transfer.
- Future Host: 100MB for $3.40/month, 5 GB transfer.
- OCCHosting: 100MB for $4.95/month.
- Empyreal Hosting: 100MB for $5/month, 5 GB transfer.
- hostonce.com: 500MB for $6.95/month, 25 GB transfer.
- iPowerWeb: 500MB for $7.95/month, 30 GB transfer, lots of extras.
- Nexpoint: 500MB for $8.25/month, unmetered bandwidth. Dedicated servers from $99/month.
- PowWeb Hosting: 650MB for $7.77/month, 45 GB transfer.
- Webmasters.com: 750MB for $9.95/month, 20 GB transfer.
If you follow the links and look what they’re offering now, you’ll note that in most cases prices remained the same, transfer has increased somewhat but not all that much, but webspace has increased immensely, unlimited not being uncommon.
Commercial hosting was becoming more relevant in 2003. A few years earlier, only institutions, companies and a few freaks had their own domain, the typical personal homepage or fan page was hosted on some free service. But now these free hosts were becoming scarcer.
Originally I just collected these for informational purposes, but a few months afterwards I launched my first project with a domain and commercial webspace, King Svatopluk’s Court. I think I originally chose HostOnce, which I left later because they were migrating from Unix to Windows. For a few years I was on PowWeb, which I left because back then they didn’t support multiple domains (they do now). Currently I’m a happy customer of DreamHost.