When you decide to launch a website, you have more choices today for hosting than you ever did before. Whether you are looking for traditional web hosting or new cloud hosting, getting a good solution is easy – if you know what you are looking for, that is!
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So, how should you decide if cloud or traditional hosting is for you? You really need to look closely at what you and your firm needs in these areas:
User access and utilities
You also have to keep in mind how much you have to spend on hosting. Each type of hosting has its pluses and minuses, so determining the best solution can take some time. But if you keep our tips below in mind, you will be able to make your hosting decision easily.
What Is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a form of traditional hosting, where all of the data on your website is stored on one server, but it also is the storage place for many other websites. These websites compete with yours for bandwidth and storage space. That sounds problematic, but for many websites, it isn’t. In fact, it could be your best choice.
Shared hosting is ideal for smaller sites that do not get high traffic and do not need as much storage. It is the least expensive option, so it is the perfect choice for individuals and small companies. It also is very easy to access and friendly for users – most shared hosting offer simple ‘point and click’ dashboard interfaces to manage the hosting account.
But your bandwidth is limited with shared hosting, and your bandwidth can be cut back if you exceed your allotment.
What Is Dedicated Hosting?
This is another type of traditional hosting that larger companies use. Your company has a dedicated server for the website that is not shared with any other company. Dedicated hosting eliminates hassles of shared hosting – limited bandwidth and storage problems. If you need to have more space or speed, you can buy more. But the upgrades may take days to be installed.
And of course, owning your own server can be costly. You also need to pay for the hardware and software licenses for all apps on your website.
What Is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting combines the advantages of shared and dedicated hosting. This is why in 2012 as many as 80% of Fortune 500 companies switched to cloud hosting.
Cloud hosting means your site will reside on a virtual server, which are made by stringing several servers together to pool both the software and hardware resources. The cloud servers can be fully controlled through user interfaces on the backend.
Cloud hosting is popular now because it is affordable and can be scaled up or down quickly, depending upon your usage requirements.
Also, cloud hosting is reliable. If a server goes down, another can come online to pick up the slack. But if the whole cloud crashes – it does happen – you will not be able to access your website.
Which Will It Be?
To decide between cloud or traditional hosting, you have to really know how much bandwidth you need, how much storage space the site needs and the amount of back end access you need.
You may find that if you are a smaller business, you may not need to pay for dedicated hosting. And if you are a mid-sized firm, you may not be able to handle the financial costs of fluctuating hosting bills with cloud hosting.
But to find the perfect solution for your hosting, keep in mind what you need for bandwidth, storage and accessibility. Those three items should give you a clue as to the type of hosting that fits your situation and budget.