What is Dedicated Hosting, SEO Hosting and Free cPanel

If you have ever looked at hosting terms you know that they can get quite confusing sometimes!
Many people misunderstand what dedicated hosting is for example.

This article will attempt to explain what dedicated hosting is in a straight forward manner.

The best definition I could find for dedicated hosting is:

A type of internet hosting where a client leases a server which is not shared by anyone else…

Obviously your next question would be to know why you want to choose dedicated hosting.

Basically you have two main options shared or dedicated hosting. With shared hosting you are as the name implies sharing space on the server with other clients.
If something happens to one client you could experience the fallout from it. Someone could install a piece of software that has an adverse reaction on other members on the shared site.
This could be done quite unintentionally but your website could be blocked for a certain time period.

With dedicated hosting you are the only person on that particular server.

So you don’t have to worry about what other clients are doing on their websites. In essence you are renting your own personal space!

Using a dedicated server means that your site is more secure. The other advantage to this type of hosting is that your website will load more quickly.
Unless of course you install software that slows your site down, if this happens you will notice an increase in your bounce rate. Which is why looking at your stats is important!

The main reason why most people opt for a dedicated hosting service is because they want more control over their site. On a shared site the hosting service has to put restrictions and limitations in place.
These limits are usually removed or higher on a dedicated server.

If you need to use PHP scripts and web applications then a dedicated hosting account is the best way to go.
On top of this you have more flexibility of what you can do with your account.
If you suddenly start to get hundreds of thousands of visitors each day your dedicated server can handle this increase in traffic.
On a shared account you may find yourself being shut down!

Another benefit is being able to customize your hosting package.
You can add certain items and delete others. Shared packages are pretty standard and you may or may not have all the features you need.

You should now have a better understanding of what is it and can determine if this is an option to take a closer look at.

What is SEO Hosting?

I don’t know about you but when I first heard the term SEO hosting I had no idea what it meant.
To me SEO means search engine optimization so what has that to do with hosting?

After a little research I determined that SEO hosting boils down to a multiple IP hosting solution.
Anyone familiar with SEO understands the importance of having your sites look as though they are coming from different locations. 
This makes it look more natural to the search engines. If one IP address has hundreds of domain names pointing to it, this can devalue the domains in the eyes of the search engines.

With IP addresses there are different classes that you can purchase. So this is not an area to jump into blindly.
Do some research on the various classes and see which ones are best suited to your needs.

Here is a quick explanation of the different classes:

Your IP address is made up of 4 different areas and looks something like this:

61.43.547.98

Now label each section A, B, C, D these are your classes.

Servers can often have the same numbers in them especially in the Class C area.
If you have too many of these it looks suspicious to the search engines.  
The SEO hosting company will sell you IP addresses with different Class C numbers.

Most hosting companies offer Class C and Class B IP addresses in their packages.
This method will cost you more money but might be worthwhile if you have a large number of websites.

One important thing to remember is that Google or any other search engine can still track you by your contact info.
So you if decide to go to the expense of using SEO hosting use different contact info on your domain names.

A good SEO hosting company will have the ability to host your domains across multiple IP addresses and across multiple locations.
When selecting a company use one that offers plenty of class options on each account.
This way if you add more domains you won’t have to pay for additional IP addresses.

Remember that SEO hosting is more expensive but for serious internet marketers with multiple domains it can be a wonderful and profitable solution. 
Because you are hosting numerous sites with them make sure they have high speed bandwidth levels and use modern equipment.

What is Free cPanel?

Hosting companies which offer a cPanel service are very popular. What cPanel does is to allow you to manage and install websites easily.
You can install wordpress with one click. Plus you can upload files and documents through their file manager. cPanel also offers Awstats which tracks visitors to your site.

A good definition of cPanel is:

 ‘a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides functionality for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.’

Free cPanel is normally offered by companies such as Hostgator. While technically it isn’t free it is included in your hosting package. 
As you can tell from the above definition having a cPanel with your hosting account can really make your life easier.

Even if you are planning on just a basic website you will need to install a website or blog on your domain name.
This can be done inside your free cPanel by using Fantastico. This is a simple step by step guide to setting up a wordpress, joomla or a Drupal site.

cPanel is easy to use and is one of the reasons why many people are looking for a web host who offers this service.
With cPanel you can easily upload images and files, install shopping carts and forums as well as creating your own help desk ticket system.

Another great feature of cPanel is that you can track and monitor your visitor traffic. Knowing where you visitors are coming from is great.
In addition you can find statistics on what pages they visit and which keywords are used to find your site. For a serious business owner this is vital information!

Once you start adding content to your website it is important to backup your files.
This way if anything does happen to your site you can easily restore it.
Backups can be done from within cPanel and you should get into the habit of performing a backup regularly.

cPanel also offers email setup and forwarding. This allows you to use different email names and have them all redirected into one inbox.
Email redirecting provides you with a professional online image by using your domain name. For example you can set up “info @ yourdomainname dot com”, or multiple variations of this.

If you are just starting out with hosting your own site I would highly recommend you choose a hosting company that offers free cPanel.


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