In this article, we will discuss cloud hosting, the latest and greatest addition to the hosting industry. Not every hosting provider has cloud in its roster, as it is the newest technology. But it is showing a lot of promise, and in our opinion, cloud hosting is going to dominate the hosting world for the years to come. Read on to find out why! 😱
Why Do We Need Cloud Hosting? 🤓
To understand cloud, you first need to understand how regular hosting works, so let’s explain it in a nutshell.
When you pay for hosting, you are essentially renting a place for your site. It will sit on a server at your host’s data center. Servers are hardware where your website is stored. Your site will have resources it can use (CPU, RAM, storage, bandwidth), and it may or may not share them with other websites, depending on the type of hosting you choose.
While this all sounds great, and 99.9% of the time works great too, there is a slight issue with this whole system, one tiny black hole where it can all go wrong – your site is on an actual physical location.
If that location gets compromised, your website can permanently go down. All sorts of things can cause this, from fires, floods, and hurricanes, to the most common one which is the human factor.
Yes, off-site backups help, but they are also prone to human errors, making the system imperfect. Although catastrophes are rare, every Internet veteran has horror stories where their host lost their site’s data. Yes, 9/10 times you can restore that, but it is far from pleasant.
How Can Cloud Hosting Protect My Site? 🙄
If you opt for cloud hosting, the chances of something going catastrophically wrong are non-existent. Cloud is all about redundancies, and not about one physical location. Let’s explain.
Cloud technology is a way of storing the same data across multiple locations, at the same time. The data is unified and accessed over the Internet. In the case of cloud servers, your website will be hosted on the cloud, on who knows how many locations at the same time.
While this sounds mindblowing, you are probably already using cloud services, without thinking about it. Dropbox, Google Drive, and products such as Google Docs all use this technology.
Your data is still on servers that exist in the real world, but not on a single location. Cloud technology is actually a sophisticated network of regular servers, specifically configured to work through the internet, allowing access to the data on the whole network. In essence, cloud technology virtualizes your site on every location, without actually copying all of the data. This virtualization is what gives cloud hosting flexibility and scalability, allowing you to manage the amount of resources available to your site easily.
Because you need the Internet to access a site, cloud technology is perfect for this purpose, as it also requires the internet to function. That mitigates the one significant flaw cloud storage has – being inaccessible without the Internet. Your site is unavailable without the Internet anyway, even if it is on standard hosting, so this is not a major factor when choosing to host it on the cloud, only a slight concern.
So, because your site is hosted on several locations at the same time, with every location having the ability to access the whole site, there is no way of it going down if any of the servers get compromised. So the only way for your website to go down is if the whole cloud network goes out, which is next to impossible to happen.
But It’s Not Only About Security 😎
Besides the security factor, and the fact that your site won’t go down if something unpredictable happens to the server, the cloud server has many other benefits, such as speed.
Because your site is spread across multiple cloud servers at the same time, the user requesting access will see the version geographically closest to him/her. With regular hosting, you choose a data center, and that’s it. If you pick a US-based one, users from Europe will have a slower connection than those from the USA or Canada. Cloud hosting solves that, and the European user will get the site version stored on a server nearby, and maximal speed is guaranteed.
Also, because the site is not on a physical location, hosting companies like DigitalOcean offer more resources that are flexible and easily scalable, allowing you to pick just the perfect amount your site needs, saving money.
Pros Of Cloud Hosting: 👍🏼👍🏼
- Unprecedented stability – if your number one concern is server uptime and stability, cloud technology is your answer. Because your site is not hosted on a single location, but on the cloud network of servers, it is almost impossible for it to go down.
- Blazing speeds – again, your site is not on a single location but spread across the whole network. That will mean that visitors will send and receive data from the server physically closest to them, guaranteeing maximal speeds.
- Flexibility – because the hardware is not on a single location, and cloud hosting uses server virtualization, you can scale your site to your needs, anytime. While scaling is possible on regular hosting too, it is limited by the total resources the original server has, making it inferior compared to the cloud.
- Affordable pricing – considering the number of advanced features, and the latest technology it is based on, cloud hosting provides the best value for money. It will cost you a little more than shared hosting, but giving you superior stability, speed, and scalability.
Cons Of Cloud Hosting: 👎🏼
- Internet-based – because cloud hosting relies on the Internet, the whole network can go down with network outages, which will lose access to your site. It is extremely rare, but it does sometimes happen.
- Privacy and security concerns – cloud technology is still new, and providers are still learning and continuously improving it. But it is still somewhat uncharted territory and is slightly more prone to attack risks than regular hosting. Especially because hackers would get access to the whole network if they succeed, making hack attempts on cloud servers even more lucrative.
There is no doubt, cloud computing and hosting are the future. While it is hard to grasp at first, the concept and the reasons behind creating them are simple: people wanted a solution to issues single-location-based servers have.
Cloud hosting solved precisely that, giving us a fast, reliable and scalable hosting platform. Yes, it is still new, but we genuinely think that switching your WordPress site to cloud servers is a good move even now, and WpWine warmly recommends it. 🤗🤗🤗