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I recently signed up with a web hosting company (perhaps too quickly) and was wondering if someone can tell me how I can tell whether I am using a virtual web server or fake virtual web server. And if I am using a fake virtual web server, could this affect search engine ranking? Let's say someone does something to get their site banned, wouldn't that ban all the sites using the same company since it's all one I.P. Also, does the spider see it is one big site?
Thanks in advance.
The way I check is to ping (in msdos) the site,
e,g ping www.mydomain.com in dos it will say something like
Pinging www.mydomain.com [xxx.xxx.48.12] with 32 bytes of data:
Then put the ip address in your browser (i.e xxx.xxx.48.12 in the above example) and see what site comes up. If its mydomain.com then its a unique IP, otherwise you will probably get the hosting companies page.
Theres probably a less convoluted way of doing it but thats what I do :)
For spider purposes there is no disadvantage to being on a virtual host.
Welcome to the forums, BTW.