Why is Documentopia in the hosting business? Clearly not to make money.
Documentopia provides hosting to save both the client and us time and money. Hosts are not all created alike. They range the gambit from great to very bad.
Old versions of PHP are a primary problem, but another problem is hosts that themselves outsource their database servers. Often you will find there is a slow or flakey link to those servers. Often they are not even located in the same Datacenter.
A Robust Database Connection is vital to today’s web applications.
Other benefits of providing your own hosting platform is a uniform development and production environment. The Documentopia (DT) hosting server is a mirror image of the DT development server so you do not have to revalidate an application constantly.
The final benefit is continuous error monitoring. We have created a system that monitors all our websites for errors and reports back to us on a regular basis.
All this save us and you time and money.
I have 16 years in the UNIX business and I know UNIX hosting.