To respond to the questions about CPU usage, DH is nice enough to not limit how much you can CPU time you get unless you’re affecting other users. You can turn on CPU monitoring for a user in the Panel > Manage Users area.
DH did set hard limits on the CPU usage for a few months, but it wasn’t working out very well for a lot of customers - so they lifted the hard restrictions and began working to put fewer users on each machine.
Also, it is easily possible to use up all your bandwidth and storage with out over taxing the server. Simple HTML files and images will accomplish this. The things that mess that are sites that require the server to process each and every page before sending it out to the visitor. Word press in it’s default incarnations can be a very bad resource hog for a semi-popular site. Poorly set up and or coded sites that begin getting a lot of traffic can even bring dedicated servers to a crawl.
It has been my experience in reading this forum that DH does not care what is bring the traffic to your site, but simply that you’re affecting other users on your shared server. If it’s a Google bot or Fark users, it doesn’t make much difference. Also, it’s very rare that DH actually shuts any one down immediately for using up too much CPU time. Generally they will either A, contact the user and ask them to fix up their site or move to dedicated hosting, or B move them to a temporary server where they can sort things out for a month and reduce usage or have time to find other hosting.
However, if things really worked this way, you wouldn’t like DH at all. What happens the next time you contact support because your server is crawling. The tech would reply, I’m sorry your server is slow, one of the other users has a run away script that’s stuck in a loop and using up all of the CPU and RAM resources, but because he hasn’t exceed his bandwidth yet I can’t do anything about it.
Of course the other way it to set limits on CPU time, and as I said above DH tried that and it wasn’t really working out. There would be 5 or 6 posts here each week with users being told they were using too much CPU time. There’s a blog post about it IIRC, or maybe that was a newsletter. But because such a small percentage of people were going above the alloted time it was cheaper and better for DH to move those few to server with fewer people on them and remove the restrictions for the rest of us.
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