How to know whether your host is overselling?

Take on a trial which DreamHost offers or ask a friend at some hosting company to do some tests on SSH:

  1. Check for the number of server processors or CPUs
  2. Check for the average load the server is experiencing

Get the 3 load average figures divided by the number of CPU they have on the server, add them up and further divide them by 3. With the final result:

  • result <= 1 ( definitely an honest and great host)
  • 1 < result <= 2 (good one, but questionable)
  • 2 < result <= 5 (overselling, overselling, overselling, …)
  • result > 5 (are you crazy?!)

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