If you’re looking into web hosting options, then you may have come across the term ‘cloud web hosting,’ but are unsure of what it is and if it can help you. Cloud web hosting has been growing in popularity recently. However, not many web hosts are offering this option yet, so your choices can be somewhat limited. Once cloud web hosting catches on even more, a growing number of web hosts will offer this option, allowing for increased choices and lower prices.
Cloud web hosting is hosting that allows your website to share the resources of several servers at once. As your site uses these resources, the virtual cloud takes care of load balancing, security, and any hardware requirements your site needs.
Normally, if a website outgrows its resources on a shared hosting plan, the next step is to upgrade to a virtual private server (VPS) where your site sits on its own server and has access to its own hardware which isn’t shared with another site. However, the problem with dedicated hosting is that it’s quite a bit more expensive than shared hosting. An advantage with cloud hosting is that you can have many of the features of dedicated hosting without the large jump in cost.
If your website experiences a sudden surge in traffic, then in some cases you run the risk of being suspended with shared web hosting because you’re using too many resources. With cloud hosting, the major advantage is seamlessly allowing other servers in the cloud to offer their resources and balance your site’s increased traffic.
With cloud web hosting, your site has the ability to use what resources it needs to at any given time, and then to ‘let go’ of those resources when it no longer requires them. This can translate into cost savings for you because you only pay for what you use. With dedicated hosting, you’re paying for your own server whether or not your site needs the increase in resources all of the time or maybe only during peak times of the year. You save money by not paying for unused services and only for what you actually need.
Cloud web hosting, while still relatively new, can help you by saving you time and money. Instead of worrying about if your site is using too many resources on your current hosting plan, cloud hosting allows your site to use the resources it needs as it needs them while you only pay for what you use. Now you can focus on managing your website and not on your hosting provider.