How to bury your WordPress website alive guaranteed
Hi, I am Chris. I have worked for a hosting provider for 5 years. Hosting provider is a company you buy disk space, RAM and fast processors from — so that your website has a place to live on the Internet. I used to work as a system administrator: when a customer’s website worked slow or went down completely, they would write to me. Perhaps, you are one of the people I communicated with.
Now I know 3 key problems of hosting, which will sooner or later turn into problems for any website — causing it to be frequently unavailable, getting hacked, infected with viruses, or simply take a long time to load. These are not issues of a specific hosting provider, but rather curses of shared hosting in general. So this entire speech boils down to one single sentence
How to best bury your website — put it on cheap shared hosting.
Shared hosting per se is not all bad when you know what the issues may occur and you are well prepared to meet them. But even so, I am sure you are already mentally prepared to escape when the time comes.
But if you don’t have the slightest idea of the curses I am about to tell you, make sure to pay attention. I want to save your website from big problems or even certain death.
3 curses of shared hosting
Shared hosting is the oldest hosting type. Why do people still keep doing it — trusting their websites to shared hosting? Because the rates are low, and you do not need to manage your hosting (which is even cheaper). But any piece of cheese always comes with a mousetrap to it, and here’s how shared hosting can hurt you:
Dumb neighbors — viruses and hacking
Shared hosting is one big server, which has been conventionally divided into many small segments. Each segment is given to a particular customer, but they all still have one environment: operating system, server software, etc.
«"We will do everything for you" is what shared hosting providers tell you and it is nearly true...»
Shared hosting with many customers is like a living organism. Providers can protect it in total, but they cannot influence individual users, for example, to stop them from creating easy passwords or publishing access to hosting. So eventually someone will get hacked and infected with viruses. In case of other hosting types, you can simply show compassion to your colleagues, but here someone else’s screw ups will affect you directly. Since your server is common (as you literally share it), your problems are common, too.
«If your neighbor gets hacked, you can get hacked through him just as easy. When another neighbor gets infected with viruses, the viruses will get to you, too»
This is why you cannot count on the provider only. As a minimum, you need to have your own antivirus to scan and treat the website yourself. Better yet — your own system administrator who will take extra measures to protect from hacking, track strange activity on the server, and drive the unwanted visitors away.
Criminal neighbors — getting into spam lists
If your neighbors came to the hosting to send out spam, mail servers will soon add them to spam lists. They will add an IP address, which is common for several websites on shared hosting.
«You are sending out emails, but none of your customers get them. This is because you have been added to spam lists along with your neighbors»
Speaking of which, you can get blocked even for regular mass mailing, without spam, because any mass mailing creates a high load on the server and can slow down all websites. Just as popular neighbors can.
Popular neighbors — website gets slow or unavailable
Imaging your hosting neighbor gets famous. Either an advertising campaign suddenly pays off, or growth has been gradual and organic — eventually the traffic goes up, yey! But you are still in one boat: sharing problems and success, right? Of course not.
«If your neighbor has a lot of traffic, the server will receive more queries. The neighbor can consume all your resources and there will be nobody to stop him»
When someone is not being fair to their neighbors, websites start working slowly, but the provider is unable to intervene — because the hosting is shared and the resources are not strictly divided. There is no border control or customs between websites, only a line in the sand, which gets washed away by waves of high traffic. When the sea is all around you — beware, your website may become unavailable for a couple of minutes or hours.
It would be a bit of an exaggeration though to say that nobody will be there to stop your neighbor. If your neighbor has clearly gone across the limits, his website will get blocked. Thank goodness, except... if this is your website.
Here’s what I talked about in the beginning: everyone, who is familiar with problems of shared hosting, understands that sooner or later the resources will not be enough anymore. That’s why a smart website owner is already looking for a reliable server, while a smart and forward-looking owner will never put a website on shared hosting in the first place. I recommend Vepp.
Vepp — is a user-friendly service for WordPress websites and server management. You can create backups, scan the website for viruses, treat them and make sure your website is always available. Everything is so simple, you won’t need to use a system administrator!
Vepp solves the problem of server management, and you can connect any server to it: VPS, cloud or dedicated one. These types of hosting suppose that resources are strictly divided, and each server has its own IP address.