How can I find out who I’m sharing my hosting with?

I’ve heard that shared hosting providers allow thousands of website to be on the same server. I’m aware that this might impact performance, but I also don’t want to be on the same server as gambling sites. How can I check?

I got this question from a company that specialises in selling NFL Jerseys online from their Yahoo store. Well, while the answer to the question is relatively simple there’s a twist that you need to know about.

First of all, how do you find out what other websites you are sharing your server with? I like using a service by YouGetSignal that does a Reverse IP domain check to find out who’s living on the same server you are. Just type in your URL and click Check. Here’s how the tool describes itself:

A reverse IP domain check takes a domain name or IP address pointing to a web server and searches for other sites known to be hosted on that same web server. Data is gathered from search engine results, which are not guaranteed to be complete. Knowing the other web sites hosted on a web server is important from both an SEO and web filtering perspective, particularly for those on shared web hosting plans

Now, here comes the rub. If you run the tool on your domain you’ll see there are around 3000 websites hosted with you selling everything from dance accessories to the best diet pills around. And you don’t really have a choice in this matter. The reason is down to the way Yahoo shops operate. Your domain name points at a service that Yahoo hosts and you can’t move away from them and retain the functionality.

So, I’ve answered your question, but I’m not quite sure that’s the answer you were after. Good luck!

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