Why should you avoid shared hosting ?

Top reasons to avoid shared hosting

Every domain is associated with a unique IP with it. Whenever a browser requests a URL, the string URL is received by the DNS server and the IP address ( say 31.170.165.192 ) is returned back to the browser. The browser again processes the IP address and hits the server. In a short manner, we can tell that the domain names were just created in order to ease the difficulty of memorizing long IP address numbers.

Shared IP with the concept of shared hosting:

In shared hosting, we host several hundred websites on one server. All those sites share one single IP address. Instead of having a unique IP address for your domain, you start to share single IP for a cluster of domains.

So why this concept is not beneficial or why should a webmaster avoid shared hosting ?

Sharing is not caring when it comes to hosting. I can tell you many reasons, but I feel geo-blocking or geo-restriction to be more threatful.

1. Geo Blocking and Geo restrictions:

Let us say some country ( say for example China ) decides to block a website (Let me name it X )due to some of their policies. If the website is being hosted on the same shared hosting server as your website, then not just the X gets banned all over china, but the cluster of websites hosted on the server gets banned. So it’s a big downside and can effectively ruin your goals. So, it’s better to avoid shared hosting.

2. Slower email send-out time!

When your website uses shared hosting, you are more likely to face the heat of time taken for sending emails. Usually, when using shared hosting server, an average of 10-minute delay happens while sending out emails. Well, if you wish to avoid this, you can give dedicated hosting a shot and avoid shared hosting.

Precaution: If your domain email had been marked as ‘SPAM’ by any mail service, shifting hosting has no effect. It is a common misconception with webmasters that shifting your hosting from shared to dedicated can solve this. But trust me. It won’t.

3. Fewer Port Access or presence of port blocks:

When a cluster of websites is hosted on a server, a huge risk of security breach is probable. To avoid any security breach and to safeguard the information and websites hosted on the server, the web host takes essential steps by blocking few ports. There are specific process that are run on some ports that the host would try to block access for others. If you don’t want ports to be blocked and run different service on any port, you must avoid shared hosting.

4. Slower Access speed and high downtime possibilities:

Shared host never allows you to utilize more resources from server. Several shared host websites suspend websites for utilizing more resources. Eventhough, the shared host mentions unlimited bandwidth, it may not always be true and you might get your website suspended from the host. The downtime of your website would be high. This happens especially when other websites hosted on the server uses maximum resources. When you face downtime, it’s high time you must avoid shared hosting.


Bottom Line:

There is nothing wrong with using shared hosting services. Some domain owners who would require limited resources at initial times might host on shared host initially. At starting phases or during economic crisis, shared hosting might help you stay on the web. I had already mentioned that on a shared host, neighbouring websites might turn problematic. So, I donot recommend shared hosting, but at times, when you cannot afford a dedicated host, you are good to go with one

Some shared hosting provider include Bluehost , Dreamhost, Hostinger etc…

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