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Shared web hosting is the most popular kind of hosting because it’s the cheapest option. However, ‘cheap’ doesn’t equal ‘inferior’ when it comes to hosting services.
Unfortunately, it does mean that your server resources will be limited. You’ll have to optimize your website a certain way to achieve maximum efficiency without switching to a more expensive hosting plan.
There is also a higher risk of security breaches through a shared server. But you can reduce those too by choosing a reliable provider and installing a few additional security features.
Cut the bandwidth
If you want to minimize the load on your shared server resources, you should cut the use of bandwidth by your website. This is an important step for those whose hosting package has a limited bandwidth. Even unlimited deals don’t guarantee maximum website performance if the server is overloaded. Therefore, you’d better optimize for minimum bandwidth just in case. You can do this without downgrading the quality of your website.
To reduce bandwidth, you should:
- Optimize videos and images to reduce their size.
- Optimize inefficient scripts and reduce white space.
- Reduce the number of plugins and add-ons.
- Use caching.
Choose the best web hosting, not the cheapest one
You can’t do anything good from something that’s inherently bad. Therefore, if you want to make the most of your shared hosting, you have to choose a reliable provider. It’s mostly the way they maintain their own servers that determines how much you can push and protect your website.
The web hosting market has a very uneven distribution of resources as over a quarter of the world’s websites is hosted by top 10 providers. This happens for a reason, so you should be looking for a hosting service that’s near the top, which means it won’t be very cheap. However, you can find great discounts. Coupons will provide you with significant savings, which you can use to improve your website. This will, in turn, help you get the most out of your shared hosting.
Add extra layers of security
The bulk of cyber-defenses your website will have from attacks coming through the server largely depends on your host. That’s why it’s imperative to only deal with the best. A trustworthy host will not only provide proper security for each customer but also screen those customers thoroughly. Having trustworthy ‘neighbors’ is as important for a shared hosting situation as it is for your community. However, you also need to be aware of the major shared hosting security threats to find the most efficient methods of dealing with them.
Ways you can use to give more protection to a website hosted on a shared server include:
Installing top-quality security software.
You’ll need to make sure it’s supported by your host first. Leading providers usually include such software in the plan, so check if an additional one is necessary. Note that two cybersecurity plugins might conflict with each other and cause the website to crash.
Make your files read-only unless other levels of access are necessary.
You should always go over your file permissions and lock them up as tight as you can. Be sure to save the current permissions scheme before you start making any changes. Make a screenshot or take a pic of the screen with your phone.
Limit access for registered users only.
It’s essential to monitor all your scripts and keep your website locked up to reduce hacking opportunities. Reducing access to the more vulnerable parts of the website only to password-protected users will help with that. This will also motivate more people to register and hopefully become a loyal follower.