Hosting for multiple sites on multiple IPs | Telling shared hosting customers they MUST update old websites? | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Hosting for multiple sites on multiple IPs | Telling shared hosting customers they MUST update old websites? | News from around the hosting industry
Date: February 7th 2024

February 7th 2024

Hosting for multiple sites on multiple IPs

Aftertaste is currently looking for a webhost that can host his multiple sites. He's looking specifically for a webhost that can provide different nonsequential IP's, perferrably with different class A or B IPs, for each individual site. This type of request used to be prominent on WHT as people tried to game search engines, creating PBNs and the like to boost the reputation of a site or sites by linking to them from other sites that were apprently unrelated - Hence the need to spread the other member sites of the PBN across multiple IP addresses. It's also been a few years since the frequency of this request type fizzled out, as search engines became more aware of this practise and started to ignore the effects of apparently unconnected cross linking and referencing. That said, there are still a few hosts who advertise multiple IP address ranges being available for "SEO hosting" and the like. Is this practise still beneficial in some way? Why is the practise still being marketed and sought after?

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Telling shared hosting customers they MUST update old websites?

Poweredbyfish runs a small hosting reseller company with several dedicated and VPS servers. One of VPSs has around 50 websites hosted on it, most of them being Wordpress sites that are owned by small businesses with very little traffic. Almost all are his direct customers (former or current) where he either built their sites (selling them hosting along with their website project) or he has a connection to them somehow, like a mutual person referred them to him. So these customers are not random strangers and, in most cases, he's also their web designer, hosting tech support contact, website maintenance provider, etc. For most of them that are current/continued clients he's kept their sites updated over the years, with rounds of maintenance each year to update WP, themes, plugins and backups, but that's not the case with some former customers where he didn't actually build the website for or those that were referred to him. The issue is that a dozen or so of these sites are VERY outdated WordPress installations that haven't had any updates in 5-8 years and are running super old versions of WP/themes/plugins, and only work with outdated PHP versions, etc. He recognises that this is a huge security risk that needs to be solved. Many are so outdated that a totally new site is the only option - they simply can't be "upgraded" to current versions. Without it sounding like an upsell or money grab, how does he tell these customers that they MUST update their websites or find new hosting? How does he offer to do the updates/redesigns without looking sleazy?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially our Web Hosting Lounge. Here we highlight just a selection of some of the interesting items from around the forum:

  • Digital Services Act Is Coming. Are You Ready? - From 17 February 2024, many digital service providers must deal with a new EU law – the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA forms a set of rules that apply across the entire EU. They have two main goals - To create a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected (in short, ensure online safety); and to establish a level playing field to foster innovation, growth, and competitiveness in Europe and globally (in short, ensure fairness). Further information can be found in the post.
  • Italy government makes Sparkle bid - Italy's Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)'s offer for 100% of Sparkle will be effective for 15 days and will be examined by TIM's Board of Directors at a board meeting this week. Sparkle is best known for the SeaMeWe cables. SeaMeWe 3 starts in Northern Europe, follows the Mediterranean, crosses to Singapore and ends up in Perth Australia. Sparkle's network expands over 600,000km.
  • Yandex owner sells Dutch firm to Russian investors - The online search company is being acquired by a group of Russian investors for about $5.2 billion. This marks the largest corporate exit from Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine almost two years ago. The Kremlin has been negotiating with Yandex for around 18 months to try and spin off the Russian businesses from its Dutch parent. Yandex's co-founder Arkady Volozh moved from Russia to Israel in 2014 and has been outspoken about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine.
  • Domain registrations decreased after Squarespace acquired Google Domains - Google Domains was a domain registrar that launced in 2014 and most of its assets were acquired by Squarespace in September of last year. ICANN data shows that in August Google Domains and Squarespace registered a combined 250,324 domains but in September they registered 189,713 new .com domains - more than a 20% decrease. Google is using Squarespace when people buy some of its products that need a domain and is also sending people to Squarespace when they land on the Google Domains site.

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