With so many IT companies and agencies offering website hosting nowadays, customers have more choice than ever when it comes to choosing who they’d like to host their website with. As well, website hosting has become more accessible in recent years; meaning that it’s not only reserved for established companies and entities. Individuals and those wishing to start their own businesses can request robust website hosting for an affordable price that suits their needs.
We’re not saying that this is a bad thing at all! Giving customers easy access to services that allow them to market themselves is a wonderful thing, especially since if you look back to well over a decade ago when these services weren’t as easily accessible for all. But, with so many different website hosting offerings available now for a reasonable monthly or yearly investment, can you be sure that you are really getting a service that is going to work for you and not against?
Shared hosting, what is it?
The most common type of website hosting is shared hosting. Essentially this means that your website is on the same server as many other websites. Hosting providers can offer a more reasonable price if they don’t have to utilise individual servers for a single or a select few websites as there is less maintenance and upkeep involved with having a single server to host all of your customers’ websites on.
What are the problems with shared hosting?
The main issue with using shared hosting is the fact that your website is sharing the same server with many other websites. This means that if a website on the server gets hacked or is injected with malware, it can then spread to all of the websites contained within that server. Not only would this cause you a headache, but it could also seriously hurt your reputation with search engines (such as Google) and website visitors alike.
Additionally, shared hosting can also cause issues when it comes to safeguarding your website from attackers since certain controls and customisation features are off limits to those who have shared hosting. Such an example is your website requiring an update that your hosting doesn’t support (e.g. updating to a newer version of PHP); it essentially means that you won’t be able to do it. This can then mean that your website is overall less secure and more vulnerable. Something that we’re sure no one would appreciate!
Moving away from the issues shared hosting can cause for the security of your website, it can also mean that the performance potential of your website is being squandered. As previously mentioned, shared hosting comes with limitations on customisation; this means that if you require additional memory or hard drive space for your website to perform its best, you could be facing slow page loading times and an unimpressive browsing experience for not only yourself but your visitors too. In the age of immediate gratification and response, this does not bode well if you want your visitors to perform certain actions on your website.
What would we recommend?
To ensure that your website is kept safe from potential problems, whilst maintaining optimal performance at all times, we’d suggest investing in a Virtual Private Server (VPS).
A solution that won’t break the bank and comes with a wide-variety of customisation options so that you can keep your potential threats low and your overall performance high. Additionally, if you ever need greater performance, a VPS allows you to easily increase resources so your next big expansion project will be a piece of cake!
Alternatively, if you don’t want to deal with finding and managing hosting for your website, the team here at topclick can help. Get in touch with us today on 01483 362066 to discuss your needs with our experienced website hosting professionals.