Cloud hosting is the new trend in hosting services, but just what makes it so much better than traditional hosting? That’s what this guide will explain. It will go into detail about six of the top advantages that cloud hosting has over traditional web hosting, and why you should be switching to cloud hosting as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. Let’s get started!
When you choose cloud hosting, your website will load faster. Since data centers aren’t spread across multiple physical locations, web traffic doesn’t have to be delivered from one end of a continent to another. With cloud hosting, all customers are essentially housed in one location, which means better performance and higher speeds. For anyone running an e-commerce business or site that relies on fast download times and quick page loads, that can be invaluable. Online shoppers tend to leave sites with long load times because they don’t want to wait around for content to show up; other viewers may simply move on if they don’t see any photos or text within a few seconds of loading up a page. A slow website loses money—the same way it does when a server goes down. The difference is that when websites get too overloaded, nothing happens—no information gets lost, no transactions fail. But if a site takes more than five seconds to load—for example, out of 30 million global visitors, 500 million decide not to wait it out—then those extra four-point-nine million could cost you $1 million in sales every year (and possibly much more). Speed isn’t everything when it comes to choosing cloud hosting but it’s certainly important – at least as far as online commerce goes. Those two extra points alone could make all the difference between being profitable and not so profitable over time… or even making money at all!
High-end cloud providers run their datacenters on multiple servers for increased redundancy and reliability. This means that even if one component of your cloud hosting goes down, you’ll still have access to your data. With traditional hosting, a single server failure can take down your site with it. No-Downtime Upgrades: Automated live upgrades are standard in cloud hosting, which means you don’t have to worry about putting up with long outages when upgrading systems or software. You can also use them to roll back changes that didn’t work out exactly as planned. If you’re using traditional hosting, these features are likely not available.
With traditional hosting, there’s a risk of data loss, security breaches, and system downtime. What’s more, you have limited control over your server. With cloud hosting, there are no hardware or software issues to worry about—as a hosted solution completely manages your hosting needs for you. Essentially, cloud-hosted websites are not only more secure but also more scalable—which means your business can grow without worrying about running out of disk space! It also allows for better information management so that you don’t need as many IT personnel to maintain everything. If anything goes wrong with your application, it can be fixed automatically; even user accounts can be handled by software. No one wants to make these problems their problem. When you use cloud hosting for your website and store, any issues with scaling up or maintaining their equipment become someone else’s problem (someone who has time to solve them). You should note that there’s something known as security through obscurity, which states that since everyone knows everyone uses modern operating systems like Mac OS X and Windows XP at home — where there are millions of users — hackers tend to target machines running older operating systems because they won’t have as much competition hacking them.
Most traditional web hosting solutions have a limit on how many users you can host. This makes it hard to anticipate future demand, and difficult to expand your website if it becomes popular. With cloud hosting, you pay only for what you use, so there’s no need to worry about exceeding your current quota. You can simply purchase additional memory or bandwidth as your site grows in popularity. Once your site reaches a certain point of success, scaling up becomes automatic—and painless! At best, planning ahead with regular webhosting means adding dedicated servers to handle increasing demand; at worst, you may find yourself making changes that decrease performance. When traffic increases, managing a sudden flood of visitors isn’t easy with traditional web hosting plans. Managed cloud hosting services aren’t affected by these constraints because they typically separate CPU power from storage space and connections.
One of cloud hosting’s biggest advantages over traditional hosting is its automatic data backups. Regular backups are essential for keeping your data safe from unexpected disasters, so it’s a feature that all hosts should offer. However, there’s not much value in having regular backups if you have to manually schedule them yourself; with cloud hosting, you can count on regularly scheduled and automated backups without lifting a finger. Since most web hosts aren’t going to tell you that they use backup options that aren’t automatic and regular, your best bet when deciding between cloud hosting providers will be to figure out who advertises their backup services most prominently. It won’t necessarily help you spot bad service, but it could help lead you towards trustworthy service providers.
Cloud-hosted data is stored on a remote server instead of a physical hard drive, which gives cloud providers more space to work with and means your website’s performance will improve as more people access it. This also saves you money, since most providers offer some kind of pay-as-you-go service. Because your content isn’t limited by its host server, you can store as much content as you want with little added cost. Many cloud hosting services offer unlimited storage. Another major benefit: if your data does happen to become corrupted or lost for any reason, there’s no need to stress about it—service providers have multiple copies of every file backed up in different locations around the world for disaster recovery purposes. Some even have disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) options that allow them to restore files from backup in minutes should something go wrong.
There are many, many benefits of cloud hosting over traditional web hosting. This list highlights just six reasons why a business might consider cloud computing. After reading through these benefits, if you have further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to answer any and all inquiries. If you decide that cloud computing is right for your business, there’s no time like the present—you can start planning and preparing your transition today! We look forward to working with you in making sure your business has access to every tool it needs for success in 2022 and beyond. Happy new year!