For a new blogger, the default choice of hosting is the shared hosting. In shared hosting, so many websites are hosted in the same server and they share the limited resources available.
Hosting services offer different plans under shared hosting. The higher the price, the better the shared hosting plan (Unless your village people don’t want you to blog).
With time, you will outgrow shared hosting completely. One of the signs that you need to upgrade is that your Blog crashes after a minor traffic hike.
Before I continue, let me quickly drop this warning, “don’t let all your blog traffic go directly to your server”. You need to set up a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to help handle as many traffic as possible. With a CDN, your shared hosting server can handle over 60,000 page views per day (from personal experience).
Cloudflare is a great content delivery network. The good news is that you don’t need to pay a dime to get Cloudflare running. Even the SSL feature is free. You definitely need to check out my article on how to set up Cloudflare in your WordPress blog here.
I, Isaac Inegbenehi, the CEO of Flashlearnes says that Cloud Hosting is the best for you when you have outgrown Shared hosting. However, ensure that you have upgraded to the maximum shared hosting plan in your current hosting before considering a Cloud Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
VPS servers are also known as Virtual Private Servers. This style of hosting is essentially one physical server, which is then divided into several smaller virtual servers. Each one of these virtual servers acts as its own dedicated server environment.
Virtual Private Server hosting is great for users looking for more control over their website, with the technical skills to set up a customized environment.
Cloud servers are similar to a VPS hosting environment. The main difference is that instead of having a single server that’s dedicated to your site (as is the case with VPS), the resources are spread out amongst a bunch of different physical machines.
Cloud Hosting VS Normal VPS Hosting
By normal hosting, I mean the traditional shared or VPS hosting. For a normal hosting, you are restricted to a particular server and resources. If your hosting offers 2GB RAM and 2 CPU, it remains like that.
To add resources, you need to change hosting or upgrade to a higher plan. This is expensive and time-consuming. When the server has issues, you will be affected until it is fixed; you go nowhere.
On the other hand, Cloud hosting gives you the opportunity to tap resources from other servers. In cloud hosting, you can increase your resources with just a single click.
For example, if you are on a cloud hosting with 2GB RAM and traffic suddenly increases, with just one click, you can add more ram and even CPU at a very low price with interrupting your traffic. You can remove some RAM and CPU when you traffic drops to reduce cost.
Note: Moving from a good shared hosting to a VPS doesn’t increase your traffic (and as well doesn’t affect your SEO). The only difference is that shared hosting accommodates more traffic.
Why Cloud Hosting Stands out as the Best Hosting Solution
The cloud-based hosting, however, is more stable as there will not be any effect on performance when a part of the component goes down as it is decentralized.
In the Cloud, there is an option to integrate additional resources if needed. RAM, disc space, or bandwidth, etc., can be added with few clicks and dismissed when no longer needed without financial loss.
Note: While cloud hosting offers more flexibility than VPS hosting, it doesn’t allow for quite as much customization.
Top 12 Benefits Of Cloud Hosting
1. You Have Dedicated Resources
Each Cloud VPS has its own recourses such as CPU, RAM and Storage, so it guarantees you that other customers of the cloud will have absolutely no influence on your Blog.
2. It Is Not Expensive
Getting additional resources in Cloud hosting is very cheap. You can buy 2GB Ram for as low as $1 per month. You will pay only for resources you use and all of them will be accurately figured out by a system. This makes it affordable and yet advanced.
Cloud VPS enables users to change or adjust the options or setting to make your website more attractive for visitors. More storage can be easily added to your VPS, enlarge RAM or scale your CPU performance and no downtime will occur. Also, there will be no need of migrating your website.
Having VPS Cloud hosting provides an important advantage of accessibility. You can have access to your data and service anytime from any corner of the planet.
Cloud VPS will be automatically moved to another node if one of them fails, and that too without wasting your time and resources.
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7. High Level of Security
Compared to a shared hosting VPS Cloud is more secure as it has isolated/dedicated RAM, CPU etc. As Cloud VPS includes an in-built multi-tiered security mechanism your data is also protected from malicious software and hackers’ attacks.
8. Full Control
This type of server gives users freedom of what you want to place on your Cloud VPS.
A slow website is the most annoying thing online visitors can meet these days. The website will run quickly because Cloud gives so many options and as it was written above you can also get additional resources anytime you want.
10. Load balancing
The gradual expansion of your business will lead to an increase in the volume of traffic on your website, but this might also overload your VPS and affect performance of your site.
Traditionally, you upgraded your server plan. But relax! In Cloud VPS hosting, workloads like traffic spikes, SSL requests or database queries are distributed across the resources/ nodes/servers in such a manner that each resource gives improved performance.
Conclusion: Cloud host is very fast and reliable. It may interest you to know that Flashlearners is currently Hosted on Hostgator cloud hosting. I am using their business plan together with Cloudflare CDN and no issues so far. The hosting has handled over 200,000 page views for me in a day. With these few points of mine, I hope you agree that cloud hosting is something to try out?
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