First off sorry if this is a bit disjointed, It's early and I am still consuming my morning coffee ration.
I feel qualified to respond. I owned one of the very first large affinity web hosts back in the 90's and I am the current
owner of a enterprise business with several hundred web and application servers at 4 data centers.
First I'd agree wholeheartedly with Jedi. There are many types of computer literacy and being able to code software
doesn't automatically make someone an expert in all things web hosting. I happen to be a web geek and couldn't imagine doing what Sinbad does as it has a special set of skills.
There are also no one size fits all solutions and they type of host (shared, VPS, Dedicated, Colo, SaaS) someone needs is really totally dependent on what their objectives happen to be.
For example GoDaddy would be great for someone with the most basic of needs. Blog hosts like WordPress and blogger.com are perfect for people needing blog hosting while enterprise class services like RackSpace, Peak10 and others are designed for serious businesses needing service level agreements into the triple nines.
The barriers to entry into being a "web host" are pretty low and that means that you have tons of people in the business of web hosting. Some offer great service and others have no business being in business.
You get what you pay for in the web hosting world. If you are not paying alot you are almost certainly going to be in what I refer to as a Web Hosting Slum. That means you are going to be on a shared server with hundreds if not many thousands of other websites all sharing the same limited infrastructure.
I also have a rule
of thumb to avoid web hosts that claim unlimited disk space, bandwidth or anything else. Resources are always limited.
I've thought about starting an affinity web hosting service service for cruisers and sailors so I guess I would like to ask what would a "cruisers hosting service" look and feel like to you?
Sinbad! If you would please PM or post what some of your specific requirements are I would be happy to make some recommendations. I don't have any affiliations with anyone and will happily give you some no BS recommendations.