I have seen that Liam Eagle from TheWHIR Blogs published an article in his blog titled “A governing body for hosts?“. Since I’ve read the article I felt I needed to add something to this topic. Let me first say I don’t like the idea of founding any kind of world hosting body.
First of all because it would bring politics to web hosting business. I know that Liam has said he means “entirely non-profit organization”. But even an NGO must have a founding principle. And I doubt that any kind of NGO has something to do in web hosting market. Those of you who read my blog know that from time to time I mumble something against web hosting companies that sell in big numbers and agains Google’s march to become global Internet monopoly. But even when I do this I don’t mean to put someone on top of them to govern or to set rules.
The second reason which makes me opponent of the idea is that the hosting market does not need a censor. It is true that shared web hosts do impossible to sell and often mislead their prospective customers. But anyone who are in search of a website service is responsible to stay informed about the market.
Liam says that so far “the formation of a comprehensive hosting organization has a 0% success rate”, but he adds that “The fact that it hasn’t happened doesn’t make it any less important a pursuit”. According to him, the web hosting industry has a “very weak voice” and he adds that he means “consumer media, mainstream business, and government”.
But do we need another level of goverment and what will such kind of a body should do? I belive that we don’t have to establish an artificial institutions in any market area. There are State and Federal institutions in each country as well as an International law. I believe those are good enough to regulate the technology markets.
And finaly we have a few web hosting industry annual events in North America as well as Datacenters’ confecences in Europe and Asia. Forums like Web Hosting Talk and media such as TheWHIR are setting standards in web hosting industry every day. I belive those work fine. So do we really need a global web hosting watchdog?