You have probably heard the myriad of expressions that describe this phenomenon. Phrases such as, “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” “guilty by association”, and “judged by the company you keep”, all refer to a very real life problem that occurs when people around you cause you to fall into trouble.
How does this at all relate to web hosting? If you use shared hosting (name-based virtual hosting), your website may very well end up being judged by the actions of those who share your server with you.
The first problem you may face is that your hosting account will share an IP address with several other accounts. That means your domain might share the same IP as a site called “FreeiPadsForAll.tld”. If that site does something wrong, such as spamming, you could find your site on a blacklist where it does not belong.
The second problem is all about shared resources. Some users take far more than their fair share. These people should be using a VPS or dedicated server, but instead, they try to save money while also hogging all of the CPU cycles and memory, bogging down the server.
One obvious solution is to choose a dedicated server, but if your website is small, that may be overkill. It can also be very expensive for someone with only basic hosting needs.
The other option is quite simple: choose a reputable web host. A good hosting company will not host sites like “FreeiPadsForAll.tld” because they will recognize a scam ahead of time. Moreover, they will also not allow single users to monopolize the server or in any way diminish the experience of other customers. Choosing wisely can save your website from the peril of bad company.