We all know that shared hosting has a huge advantage when it comes to pricing. Which is why it becomes a go-to hosting solution for many small and medium businesses who want to get their websites up and running. However, industry experts opine that the nature of ‘shared’ hosting is such that it inherently puts security at risk. They also go to great lengths to talk about the frequent crashes faced by customers when they host their websites on shared servers.
Relax. A lot of these notions are a ploy to market other hosting services in comparison to shared hosting. With this article, we may not change your perception towards shared web hosting in a jiffy, but we hope that with a few of these few pointers some myths that are plaguing the advantage shared web hosting provides will get debunked.
Myth: Shared hosting has security issues
It is said that shared hosting experiences a host of attacks like language based attacks, interpreter based attacks, path traversal attacks etc. Agreed. But what’s worse is the sentiment surrounding these problems. Some say they can’t be resolved whereas some say they recur after resolution.
Shared hosting can be made safe. Let us take the instance of the issues above. If you have a path traversal attack, make sure your server in properly configured. How would you do that? By setting up the root for your system to an arbitrary folder to remove the possibility of users exiting it. By doing this, it stops path traversal attacks for good. This could be done via chrooting the system. But in order to do this, ask your web hosting provider the implications with respect to cyber law. Also doing this is a tough task, but it won’t be a problem if your service provider knows the right plugins to enable this.
Myth: Shared hosting has limited configuration options
This statement is as old as the hills. Any web hosting service provider worth his salt would tell you enough number of plug-ins if he or she is up to date with the current trends in the industry. Since this field is getting more and more competitive with new tech innovations, it has become a mandate for all service providers to be on their toes. Today, most of the shared hosting like WordPress web, Joomla etc. allow integration with admin panels like cPanel and Fantastico. So unless your hosting provider is aware of the new plug-ins for shared hosting, don’t even think of choosing him.
Myth: If you choose shared hosting, migrating to a different hosting can cause data leakage
No truth to this one either. Your data and backup can be recovered easily even if there is a server crash. So how can migration cause data leakage. Your data can be saved in backup files. Just when you are migrating to a different server, ask your service provider to make this change.
The notion that many people think migration causes data loss is because of the fact that at times, organizations/ businesses on becoming larger in size forget to prioritize the type of data they want to transfer. Moreover, it is not necessary that you need to shift to a different service provider when you are moving to a different web hosting from a shared web hosting. So, you can essentially have the same service provider for years.
Does this mean that shared hosting is flawless?
Certainly not. Shared hosting providers are still in the process of making it a faster service or at least bringing it at par with its other compatriots. There are several response time issues that are still being worked upon by service providers. It is only a matter of time before we learn about their resolution given the number of solutions technology is making way for hosting services.