Is Your Current Server SEO Hosting Compatible?

The web hosting provider you are currently using, may offer seo type of hosting and you may not even realize it. Hosting companies know what their server configuration capabilities are, but just doesn’t offer it as seo hosting for whatever reason. SEO Hosting is a niche that most web hosting providers could care less about, or cater to.

Before I get into this more, you need to have the understanding of what seo hosting exactly is. If you are not sure what is seo hosting, then I suggest you go back and read it.

If you current web hosting provider offers you to purchase additional ip addresses and you have the ability to use your own custom nameservers. Then, there is a very good chance that you can transform your current server into a seo host set up. For this to work, you have to be certain. To be certain, you need to go to your DNS Settings on your server to verify your domain name set up.

If your current DNS Settings look something like this:

Host:                 Type:                 Value:
@            =         A            =         111.222.333.444 (your ip address)
ns1         =         A            =         111.222.333.444 (your ip address)
ns2         =         A            =         111.222.333.444 (your ip address)
@            =         NS         =         ns1.yourdomain.com
@            =         NS         =         ns2.yourdomain.com

Without going into great details, your ip address is assigned to your domain name, and a set of it’s own nameservers. Basically, each domain name has it’s own set of nameservers, even if it’s on the same ip. But, I don’t recommend having multiple websites with multiple nameservers on the same ip, because whois source will still retrieve the other domains on that ip. It defeats the purpose of seo hosting and raises red flags.

Most hosting providers only configure your server to one set of nameservers, it is up to you to configure it to the way you want it. It is much easier to do than most people realize.

Configuring Your Current Server To SEO Hosting

The first thing to do when making this transition, is to contact your hosting provider and get additional ip addresses. If you are paying for additional ip addresses, you should be able to negotiate getting them on different “c” classes.

Not all companies, can do that. Smaller networks, have a smaller range of ip addresses that may limit them to only having different “d” classes. Moreover, larger networks, will have a much larger ip range, some may even have a different “b” class. But, the average host provider, will usually have different “c” classes. You will have to contact your server provider to see what you have for options.

After you have your ips, you will have to configure your dns settings to assign an ip to specific domain name. If it is a new domain name, just select the ip you want to use when you set up your hosting.

Now, you will have to go to your domain name registrar and set up the nameservers. You will have to set up the ns hosting for these nameservers to your ip address. You need to have at least 2 ns hosting names that you will need to set up.

If you are using GoDaddy, it will be under Host Summary. All you have to do is “add” the 2 hosting names, your host names will be called “ns1” and “ns2”. Each host name will have to point to the ip you want your domain to be on.

So, setting up your ns host names should be something like this:

Host name: ns1.yourdomain.com
Ip: Your IP

Host name: ns2.yourdomain.com
Ip: Your IP

Now, your ns host names are pointing to your ip correctly. In most cases, it sets up very fast, but it could take up to 2 – 4 hours for your host names to be properly set up.

Next, is to point your domain name to your newly hosted nameservers. You can set up your nameservers to point to your new hosted names, and it will look like this:

Nameserver 1: ns1.yourdomain.com
Nameserver 2: ns2.yourdomain.com

After you have set your nameservers, it may take up to 24 hours for it to be properly set.

You have completed your traditional server into seo hosting.

I hope that wasn’t too confusing, and I tried to make it as easy as possible to understand.