A newer form of web hosting that you may have come across is cloud web hosting. What exactly is this and should you consider using it? Let’s take a deeper look at this new hosting option.
Cloud hosting is an option that many small business owners are taking a closer look at. Hosting in the cloud allows you to keep your site running with as few disruptions as possible.
If one of the servers fails, then your website is immediately transferred to the next available one. Each server carries an equal load and the servers are kept as a cluster in the cloud, waiting to be used.
Cloud hosting can be a good option if your site has outgrown your shared server. If you are getting constant CPU and memory issues, or if your host keeps suspending your site, then it is time to move. Cloud hosting can be your next step and is more affordable than choosing a VPS or dedicated hosting plan.
A cloud hosting account provides you with the ability to scale up your resources as needed. If your busy season is in January then your site will simply rely on the cluster of clouds surrounding it as needed. When any traffic spikes have decreased, your resources are automatically reduced. This means that you don’t have to worry about any downtime due to sudden spikes or surges in traffic – and you only pay for the resources you actually use, rather than committing to a particular “tier” of storage space and data transfer, even if you’re not using it all.
With a traditional shared hosting account you would need to send in a support ticket, or call them each time you require access to additional resources; for example, if you need more bandwidth. This can cause issues for your site, especially if your webhost’s response times are not ideal.
With cloud hosting, these resources are available immediately. No phone calls or emails required. In fact no one who is visiting your site will notice that any changes have taken place. This is exactly what you want to happen; changes that take place unnoticed.
As mentioned previously, cloud hosting saves you money because you only pay for the additional resources when you use them. This can add up to a ton of money over the year, especially if you were considering a dedicated hosting account. Why pay for resources that you don’t need every day?
A prime example of this would be if you run a large sale every month. Your cloud account will draw on additional resources while your sale is running. These extra clouds then float away once your sale is done.
As you can see, using cloud hosting can be a great alternative to using a VPS or dedicated hosting account. It is something worth looking into for sure.