For any new blogger/ webmaster or business startup, selecting the right web hosting for their website becomes a daunting task. Given the cut-throat competition, startups generally prioritize their decisions based on monetary aspects. This approach is also commonly noticed in their IT infrastructure. However, compromising on this front and ignoring security measures can make them susceptible to malicious web invasions.
Generally, the following four types of web hosting options are available, Shared, Virtual Private Server, Dedicated, and Cloud. Every type of web hosting option has its own set of drawbacks and advantages.
However, the shared web hosting platform is ideal for start-ups in terms of cost and usability. As a result, start-ups prefer shared hosting over other platforms. As long as appropriate back-up and security measures are adopted, it is the most economical and pragmatic choice.
Why Shared Web Hosting?
It provides space for multiple websites on a common server, sharing common resources. Most start-ups, small-scale entrepreneurs and individuals prefer this platform as it requires minimal technical skills to operate, and is highly cost effective. They also offer scalability and features like blog, chat, forum, calendar, etc. Most shared hosts prefer a Linux system over Windows as it has better functionality, enhanced features and is economical.
In spite of stellar advantages, it also has security concerns that may lead to loss of data, crashing of your website, cybercrimes pertaining to alteration in banking details, misuse of personal information, invasion of privacy etc. Therefore, it is indispensable to secure it with comprehensive security.
Stay Protected By
- Specifying various security restrictions using the .htaccess
- Ensuring that your web host offers a remote server for backup.
- Specific software to prevent DDoS attacks, Command Injection vulnerability, etc.
- Updating your server and web applications regularly.
- Demanding a reliable firewall.
- Constant monitoring for malicious codes.
- Use only secure/encrypted connections when logging in cPanel (https://yourdomain.com/cpanel)
Once your account security has been compromised, there is a possibility of the intruder leaving a backdoor for an easy access again in future. That’s why only fixing your vulnerable code might not be enough. You would have to find and seal them, which could be as time-consuming and expensive as starting your site from scratch.
Although shared hosting is cost-effective, it can also prove beneficial to consider other hosting platforms. In such a scenario, Virtual Private Server (VPS) comes closest to being cost-effective as it works on a shared server by giving you additional access and benefits of an almost dedicated server. Your IT security is largely dependent on your hosting plan. Thus, safeguard your IT infrastructure by securing it for a safe, ongoing and glitch-free performance.
Hitesh Bharucha is a SEO Specialist for ResellerClub. Having his Master in Marketing Management, he has been in the digital marketing space for half a decade now. His keen interests apart from digital marketing lie in fitness and travel.