How can they afford to be so cheap?

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I’m in the process of switching to a new host after being with JaguarPC since 2004. The whole face of web-hosting as well as my requirements have changed completely in that time. This past year has seen sluggish site performance, several support tickets with slow responses and a problematic hardware upgrade that had me doing the traceroute debugging to find a flaw in their internal routing… well, it’s just time to move on.

So, I want to jump ship but only if I’m not stressing my new host or pushing the limits on the cheap Shared Hosting plan that I can afford. I know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side! I use about 4GB of storage, 3GB monthly bandwidth, 15K monthly visits and around 1.5 million pages. Most of this usage is a local club site running Joomla and the site bogs down with slow SQL response time. The large number of hits is due to a chat plugin that is fairly active during the day. I know, I know… I was very surprised that it was being used but it’s a big part of the site now. This caveat eliminated a few of the well regarded hosts as it is against their policies. Looking at the offers section of WHT and focusing on cPanel hosts I started shopping and my favorites are StableHost, GeekStorage and HawkHost.

So my question is… how on earth can they be a third of the cost with better packages, better service, litespeed, SSD drives, domestically based support plus every cPanel bell and whistle? But seriously, I wouldn’t mind continuing to pay what I’m paying if it meant faster response and better service. Getting a huge upgrade at half the cost just seems “too good to be true”. Are the servers horribly over-loaded or subsidized by ads like the old Anglefire pages? Inquiring minds want to know before signing up.

I know the three favorites listed above are active here so first one to respond may just win my business.
Thanks!

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