Is your web hosting provider easy to work with? Is it cost-efficient and lets you focus on business development but not on server management? If your answer isn’t 100% yes, then it might be time to make the switch to cloud hosting.
Because WordPress is one of the easiest ways to create a website, it has made quite a name for itself. With over 34% of websites using it, WordPress is free and easily accessible to anyone. But a great website builder should go hand in hand with an equally amazing web host.
In this article, we will look at what cloud hosting is, its benefits over other types of hosting, and why it might be the best option for you.
What is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting is a type of web hosting that uses multiple virtual servers instead of using just one server. This is to help balance the traffic load that your website is receiving, and maximize your site’s uptime. Instead of using a single server, your website uses a “cluster” of servers that takes its resources from a central area.
Your cloud hosting provider also takes care of everything from managing the setup, creating the infrastructure, security, and keeping up with the maintenance of your website backend.
Unlike with shared hosting, which is a shared space between multiple customers on one server, cloud hosting is a set of multiple servers (or containers) for one customer. It also differs from VPS (Virtual Private Server), which is a separate dedicated space for each customer, but on one underlying server.
Cloud hosting is also an alternative to the traditional dedicated servers. The latter requires full management and updates of operating system services and software stacks inside, so it will suck your team resources on system administration tasks. While cloud hosting offers out-of-box solutions to automatically handle servers management routine, and is more efficient in terms of compute resource allocation based on the business growth.
Now, let’s look at some major benefits of cloud hosting over other hosting methods.
Reliability of Cloud Hosting
Mean time between failure, or MTBF for short, is used to predict the expected time between two failures of a system or machine.
Cloud hosting combines the resources of many servers, so, the problem of your resources being overused, on a single server, is gone. If one server in the cloud is no longer working, the other servers are available to step in and ensure the flow and continuity. This creates less downtime for your website.
Flexibility and Scalability
For immediate needs or the growth of your website over time, the high scalability of cloud hosting makes it the ideal hosting solution for website owners and WordPress users.
Cloud hosting is good for websites with less predictable traffic numbers. If your website’s resource demand grows, you can easily increase your resources instantaneously. This will help both over and under-paying.
There may be times where an increase in traffic happens. In other hosting options, a single server might become overwhelmed from such a surge. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, provides stability and is a practical solution. Using cloud hosting for your WordPress site, you can easily increase your compute power or storage by expanding your cloud resources.
In comparison to traditional web hosting, scalability appears to be one of cloud hosting’s biggest advantages. With numerous servers on standby, and the ability to monitor their usage and scale up or down as needed, cloud hosting seems like the best choice.
Your website’s security takes on two forms: protection against hackers trying to steal your data and security against information loss.
Cloud hosting provides an excellent solution against data infringement on your website called data segmentation. How does it work? Let’s say one of your servers is hacked. Data segmentation gives the cloud hosting the flexibility to separate this infiltration from the rest of your website before anything else is affected.
Self-managed cloud hosting leaves the server configuration to you, while managed cloud hosting shifts this responsibility to your web host. For this, it is essential to pick a reliable web host with a solid reputation to ensure a highly secure server configuration for your WordPress site.
An extension to your site’s safety, cloud hosting helps safeguard against information loss with a powerful feature called data replication. This utilizes a network of interlinked servers making your website’s data available to be cloned and stored into as many servers as necessary.
Cloud Hosting Costs
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of cloud hosting with WordPress is its cost implication.
In other standard hosting options, pricing is usually fixed, and this can be bad for new websites with little traffic. When starting, you may not meet the resources you have already paid for, ultimately incurring a loss. In cloud hosting, however, you only pay for the services obtained, rather than settling for a certain amount of resources that may or may not be used.
Also, if your traffic demand shifts, you will be able to easily adjust it in real-time.
WordPress has proven to be one of the easiest website builders and deserves to have a web hosting provider that is just as good. For businesses looking to enter the online market, a single question might pop up: “What is the best web hosting option?”
Cloud hosting stands out with its unique server-network method. It boasts superb performance and reliability, high scalability and security.
Whether you own a new website or are looking to switch your web hosting service, cloud hosting definitely deserves your attention.
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This is a guest post by Simon Dwight Keller from SDK Marketing.
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