Owning a website today has become a much-needed thing. There are so many web hosting services out there that provide you these services. The three basic main hosting plans that any website usually have are shared hosting, cloud hosting and dedicated hosting. In this article, we shall focus on what a shared hosting is and its effect on the search rankings.
What is shared hosting?
In order for your website to appear on the internet, your files, images, and software application need to be built on a server. This server then is connected to the internet and hence makes your website visible to the viewers.
There are several options as to how you can host your website on a server. You can host your own server in your facility, use someone else’s facility, you can even choose to have your files on only one server that is provided by your host (dedicated/cloud hosting) or you can share space with others on your hosting server. This is what is known as shared hosting.
Shared hosting means you have complete access to your accounts, and a limited amount of resources. In shared web hosting, the host is responsible for all server performance and maintenance. Even the upgrades and updates for all the servers is the sole responsibility of the host.
Even though this happens, you will be responsible for your own website. You will be given access to your control panel through which you can edit and upload images and files on your website alone. The server is something you will share with other clients as well; hence the name shared hosting.
Why shared hosting?
The Price Factor:
The main reason why shared hosting is the best is because of its price factor. The monthly fees is also very less and you can get a good discount if you are paying a lump sum for an entire year.
Most of the hosts have a variety of plans for their customers. The cheapest one has the least bandwidth and the lowest disc space. There are a variety of different plans as well, which have their own bandwidths and disc spaces. You can also choose the most basic one and then later upgrade whenever you feel your website needs one.
Most of the hosts today also have ample features that cater to the people’s needs. That includes one-click installation of popular scripts that will add the functionality of your websites. Forums, chats, and blogs are also some of the things that might be included in the features of the same.
Why not shared hosting?
The much needed own control:
When you go with a shared hosting, you do not have your own control over everything. This is because you are sharing the server with many people. So if you know your website will do well and you do not need it to share it with people, this one is not for you.
When it comes to shared hosting, the performance is obviously not as good as cloud or dedicated hosting. So if you need a very good performance, don’t choose this.
Because every webmaster in the server is given equal importance and the up-time should be considered for each, there may be some restrictions on the files and other resources. You may not be able to run particular applications that are needed on your site.
How does shared hosting affect SEO scores?
Yes, shared hosting does affect SEO in a big way. Let’s discuss how that happens. When you are on a shared hosted platform, you do not have a dedicated IP address. Google allows the certain limit on the indexing part, and that happens based on the IP address.
When you are on shared hosting, your website will already be consuming too many resources (bot crawling). Hence you will be affected by this and might notice some amount of slow indexing or the fact that search engine bots are not crawling your blog. This reduces the SEO score of your website by a certain limit, as compared to the websites on a dedicated hosting platform.
Dedicated IP address on shared hosting
There are also many web hosting servers which tell you that you will get a dedicated IP address even if you are on shared hosting. These are complete new packages that they offer (SEO hosting) and provide you with a private IP address. This is a cheap and a good option since for the outside world you have a different IP address, though you are hosting on a shared hosting platform.
From an SEO perspective, your IP address will become unique to you and only you. In a typical shared hosting scenario, hundreds or even thousands of websites have the same IP address. But when you choose shared hosting with a dedicated IP address, you will not only be saving a lot of money by not hosting on dedicated hosting but your SEO scores will also become better comparatively.
What we draw from here is that for a newbie, shared hosting is a good plan comparatively to dedicated or cloud hosting. However if you are looking for some good and serious plan of action, and want your SEO scores to be good then choose shared hosting with a dedicated IP address. And if cost is not a matter for you and you want a good quality service, choose dedicated or cloud hosting.