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Tips to Protect Your Hosting Account from Being Banned or Taken Offline

Tips to Protect Your Hosting Account

A website owner’s biggest fear is seeing a “Not Found” message when trying to bring up the site. In many cases a down website is just the result of a server error usually fixed promptly by the web hosting company. But in some cases the website has been taken down at the insistence of the host, otherwise known as “banning.”

Banning is simply the web host exercising its right to refuse service to the website, but usually for good reason. The website’s server or IP address is removed and all requests coming in for the website are denied.

What are the usual causes of banishment? Here are the most common:

Resource Overusage

A website owner may knowingly or inadvertently overuse the resources allotted to the account. That means monthly bandwidth may have been exceeded, disk space overused, too many FTP downloads, etc.

TOS Abuse

One of the biggest reasons for banning a specific website is the failure to comply with the terms of service. The TOS is the legal contract that a website owner signs when joining a web hosting plan.

Illegal Usage

Many websites are shut down due to illegal use. “Illegal usage” may be deemed illegal by the host, or by the government who orders the site shut down. Illegal usage may include sites that include:

  • Malware/Viruses
  • Porn
  • Phishing
  • Spam

IP Blocking

A website may be shut down due to an IP block on a server due to no fault at all of the site owner. Website owners who have shared hosting plans are susceptible to this since most hosts will clump many websites onto a single IP address. If one account does something wrong, all sites suffer for it.

How to Prevent Banning

Purchase a Unique IP Address
When it comes to IP privacy, it is always best to obtain your own IP address. Even if you must pay extra every month, this ensures that your site doesn’t get banned or shut down due to the activities of other website owners.

Keep Your Business Legal

Of course, you should always keep your website and any business transactions legal. Avoid selling illegal drugs, promoting terrorist activities, or even offering to help others perform illegal activities with the help of your advice.

Monitor your bandwidth and other resource usage

When you purchase a hosting plan, whether it be shared, VPS, or dedicated server hosting, be sure you are aware of your resource limitations and monitor your usage regularly. If you purchase a plan that gives you 50GB of data transfer each month, keep an eye on your stats. If you regularly start reaching that 50GB mark each month, it may be time to buy up to more bandwidth.

Keeping your business, blog, or personal website online doesn’t have to be difficult. You can avoid banishment from web hosts by keeping true to the TOS, keeping your business activities legit and ensuring that other malicious website owners do not affect your own online business.

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