While running a website or blog, the first and the foremost thing that comes to our mind is the hosting. A host basically makes our site available to anyone trying to access it from anywhere. That actually means a big thing.
No matter what, your web host gives you the guarantee that whenever a person interested in your content either through search engines, social media, from other sites or by typing your url in the address bar and a myriad of other ways tries to access your site he/she reaches there.
Or does it? A bad web host may not give such a guarantee. Indeed your website may be down for a good deal of time. But does a good web host give such a guarantee?
When starting out your blog you do not know much about hosting and stuff and go for a shared hosting plan, one for it is the cheapest around and two you need only that because other than your Mom and you nobody is checking out your site.
But there comes a time when you outgrow them. Jane just did. This post will discuss about when you should start considering leaving your favourite shared hosting plan and going for Vps.
No unlimited bandwidth and diskspace on shared hosting
Everyone says that, no one gives that. You are on a shared hosting plan and the bandwidth that you use, the disk space that you have are also used by thousands of others.
You are basically sharing all the resources together.
When we were kids me and my sister fought over the chocolates brought by my father. In all such cases to end the War, our mother finally had to take matters on her hands and divide the chocolate in to exactly two equal pieces, for if a single piece exceeded the other by even a millimeter the war would start again.
The same thing happens in shared hosting too. For if you consume CPU resources even by the tiniest amount that they have set then you wake up to a scary email which causes your heart to skip a beat. Your site has just gone down.
Since a lot of people are using the same resources if and when your site starts bullying around they call an end to the game. In Jane’s case it wasn’t the traffic load but the number of plugins that she was using.
Yes those pieces of code which make our life easier also take away lot of our bandwidth. And no hosting provider mentions exactly what they think is unlimited. That is a problem.
We have limited disk space and even more limited bandwidth but we are left guessing what are the numbers and how do we know we have reached it?
A rule of the thumb is when you have approached like 5k to 10k Pageviews per day then its time to move your site somewhere else. Yes its going to be costly but you are earning far more than that. You have so many visits, you gotta be earning something if you work properly on converting that traffic.
Who shares hosting with you?
The second problem with shared hosting is you don’t know if your neighbour is a porn peddler.
Just imagine sharing the same ip with hundreds of porn sites or something more evil. What will your standing be when it comes to the eyes of Google bots.
At a time when sites are being kicked for every reason that one can imagine or can’t imagine, even for the domain names that they have, you need to be sure that you are not clustered along with all those sites.
A quick solution would be to get a unique ip for your own site and that would pretty much separate you from the herd.
A rare case, when shared hosting invited Panda penalty
Harsh Agarwal of shoutmeloud around two months back moved his site from shared hosting to VPS and the reason was a bit weird. He was affected by the Panda tweak.
The problem was that, that many of his links were converted to https from http which is bad for ranking in Google. The problem was with the sites he shared his bandwidth and space with.
He asked the customer care to cluster his site differently but then they simply could not understand the need and the next day harsh changed boats.
Well this thing may or may not happen with you. I have never seen this happening with anyone and Harsh is the only proof I have of such an incident.
But then it is shared hosting and as everything else in the world, comes with its unique set of advantages and disadvantages.
When do you need vps or dedicated hosting?
When you outgrow the present features allotted to you and your site can no longer be supported by a shared hosting plan.
When money is not a problem for you but site availability is. Well site availability is never a problem with shared hosting until you are consuming too much server resources.
But when you have a lot of plugins, running, lot of traffic just coming in everyday and you are joyous about having made the best decision in your life then life hits you on the head with a scary e mail that your hosting has been suspended.
Time to move on.
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