1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Oct. 8, 2006
The Site Type
Web hosting sites have come a long ways. I would speculate that this type of site was one of the first forms of basic e-commerce. Sites had to have a place to be hosted, it is the most basic of needs on the web. As such, this sort of site was most often built by technical people. These sites quite often function very well, but in the end don't do much in the way of selling the service, at least not beyond the actual features of the plans. Media-temple is perhaps one of the companies that helped turn the tide. It stands to reason that many hosting plans are selected by designers, and their services are meant to appeal to them. The service is quite often used by those in the design community, and strangely in some ways it is almost a bragging point. Looks are not everything, but web hosting is just like any other item for sale, dressing it up nicely can only help.