Unlimited hosting plan has become the preferred choice for many website owners. With a low monthly cost (less than $10), you can utilize unmetered data transfer, disk space, and other unlimited features. Especially for people who have multiple websites, it really is a lot more economical to host unlimited domain names under a single account rather than having to open a separate account for each of their domains.
Now you may have dediced to use a shared hosting package that offers such unlimited features. Perhaps you have checked things like the quality of their customer support, uptime guarantee, automatic backup, money-back guarantee and feedbacks that the company has received. All these are vital aspects that you should consider before picking a web hosting service.
Another thing that you should take into account is the average number of sites hosted on a single server. To find it out, you can ask the company directly or visit their forum. Different companies will give you different answers. Generally, the lesser, the better. The performance of a server that hosts more than 1000 sites is logically lower than the one with 100 sites, as long as all other variables such as server specs are not much different.
A free tool called Reverse IP Lookup can also be used for this purpose. Using this tool, you can identify the number of sites hosted on a server. To put it simply, this tool works by gathering data from search engine about websites that reside on the same machine. All you need to do is to enter a domain name pointing to one of the company’s shared servers. Just visit the web host forum in order to locate the domain name to use. Just make sure the owner of the domain utilizes the shared hosting package that you intend to use. The result may not be accurate. There may be sites that have not been indexed by search engines. In addition to this, there may be sites that use a dedicated IP. However, it is perhaps the easiest method to gather such data.
It is also important to check whether the email server of the web host is listed in spam databases. If your mail server has a blacklisted IP, your outgoing emails may not reach the recipients. Use a spam database lookup to do this. When it comes to shared hosting, one mail server is used by many people. Even if you buy a dedicated IP for your site, it does not mean you will get a dedicated IP for your emails. A shared IP address is still used. This is the reason that it is wise to check whether there are users who have misused the mail server.