The majors have it figured out and support http 1.1+ properly. With the mad rush to virtual ip hosting, I don't see it as a problem any longer. If the se isn't supporting virtual hosts, then they have a huge problem on their hands. Almost all new hosts are insisting on virtual hosting, or starting to charge extra for the ip if it isn't.
The days that it was a serious problem are gone. That said, I would not put a primary grade A site on a virtual host.
>If the SE's decided that the marketing activities for one of the sites...
This could go either way depending on the SE, AV banned most free hosts across the board last spring for example. Some may ban by domain only, some by IP, it could be be based on the nature of the offense. Perhaps two IPs would be wise, one for "clean" sites and one for sites using questionable techniques...
That was last spring/winter before arin asked everyone to go to virtual ip hosting. There has been a mad rush to virtual hosting the last six months. I think 75-80% of the new domains coming online are being virtual hosted unless other provisions are being made.
Thanks for the replies it would seem that it will not matter about virtual IP addresses.
What about links from one site to another on the same IP address? There was some discussion some time ago about SEs not crediting links if they were on the same IP. Was that a true reposrt, and if so, has that changes with the influx in Virtual hosting?
Could someone tell me what virtual hosting is?
Is it good, bad or indifferent?
Virual hosting is simply the assigning of multiple domain names to one IP address.
>Is it good, bad or indifferent?
Yes! This discussion was to try to resolve that question and, so far is inconclusive.
I agree with Brett's comment,
>I would not put a primary grade A site on a virtual host.
I was looking at a hosting service called BlueGravity and they say they offer virtual hosting with each domain having it's own unique IP address. I liked them because for $25 a month you can get new domains hosted for a flat $5. each. If anyone knows of other services that offer this I'd love to hear about it. But now I'm confused -- virtual hosting with unique IP addresses?
How would this be possible? I've been hunting for a hosting service for a month with:
unique IP address
a file manager so I can edit my files on their server
fast of course
$25 a month or less Help anyone?
I'm in love with Paynts ideas of canonic sub-domains; in view of the time lapse since the last post on this, can it be taken that individual IP addresses are no longer a factor? Amazing Forums, though headaches not unknown from trying to follow them.
glengara - we're also following this topic with a lot of interest. Go across to a similar discussion here [webmasterworld.com].