When you share something with a friend, that’s a good thing, but what if you share with an entire neighborhood or a whole city? In that case, it wouldn’t be so good, since you’d only have a slight sliver of what you started with.
Shared hosting is an excellent place to start, its primary advantage being low-cost
Probably not a robust server or abundance of resources. In fact, it’s possible there are hundreds of other “sharing” a single server. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it means others are sharing the server and its resources. If your website is small and only gets a trickle of visitors, all may be okay, but if your site becomes popular or your traffic spikes, the resources will likely not be powerful enough to handle the load.
Should you have that traffic spike (for example if you run ads on Facebook), it’s possible your site would be offline (not available) during critical times. This downtime means your website, email and FTP could be very slow, or nonexistent. Indeed, you can contact support, and they can fix things or suggest an upgrade, but cloud hosting means those issues wouldn’t have even happened.
Once your website starts to receive steady traffic, you’ll have some decisions to make, should you keep shared hosting, upgrade to a VPS (virtual private server) or move to a dedicated machine (meaning you are the only client on the server). There is a bit of complexity involved with managing a server, so be forewarned, however putting tech to the side, sharing a VPS cloud server could be an excellent solution.
Why do we mention “sharing” a VPS when we spoke about sharing earlier? This type of sharing is an entirely different infrastructure and uses the cloud for the heavy lifting. The VPS takes care of things locally, but the resources available on the cloud are virtually unlimited and allocated as needed. This allocation happens within a virtual environment and works with a bit of technologic magic. When you need more resources, they are there, as your needs diminish, they are removed. The advantage of this, just stated is this, you have all the space and resources you could ever need, but you only pay for it, when needed. If it’s not necessary, you no longer pay, it’s a perfect solution.
You’ll always find different prices depending on the vendor, and those change periodically, not to mention coupons and discounts. What we can say is this, cloud costs are very inexpensive, especially when you consider the resources available at the touch of a button.
FACTOID: Cloud hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, but very inexpensive when factored into the cost of doing business. This is especially so when using the pay-as-you-go plans.
Easy to Use
If you’ve ever looked at cPanel (or other server interfaces), you’ll find cloud hosting easy to use. The resources are powerful (like a supercharged race car) but designed to be used by anyone, from the experienced webmaster to someone putting their first site online.
FACTOID: While it may not be necessary to pay for a dedicated server, cloud hosting gives the ability to have just as many, if not more, resources when needed.
If you own any device that is powered by batteries, you know that eventually they will run dry and need to be recharged. Think of hosting like that, at some point in time, maybe today, maybe months from now, something will happen, and the server will fail. If all your files are on shared hosting, or even a dedicated machine that means for the time it takes for repairs, your site is offline. With the cloud, things are different, and that just can’t happen. Why? Well, it’s probably possible a server will still fail, that merely’s hardware, and is bound to happen at some point. With that in mind, the cloud environment stays ahead of the game, relocating your website almost instantly to another location, meaning that while a single server may fail, your site will experience little, if any, downtime.
In the future, assuming there ever is an actual AI intelligence, it would have the ability to repair itself, replacing bad parts, ensuring it could move forward without issue. While that’s an extreme example, the VPS Cloud has self-healing features already in place, coming to life immediately when trouble arises, protecting your site and files, even more than a dedicated server.
When we speak of VPS Shared hosting, this doesn’t mean your data are unsecured; they can be accessed by you and your team only. Your data resides in a segmented partition, separate from others.
A VPS cloud server allocates it resources from a vast pool, if and when needed. When your account is created, you’ll choose a particular plan that allocates storage and resources; these will always be there for your use. The difference in cloud hosting is this, what if you were to run a very successful advertisement and you had many more visitors than expected? With a typical server, it’s possible your website would run slowly, or possibly, not at all, perhaps resulting in the loss of customers, who may never return. With cloud hosting, you can scale your site immediately, ensuring everyone will have a seamless visit.
Two businessmen, each unknown to the other are about to launch a new innovative idea. Both men have spent time and resources to bring their concept to market, hiring designers, writing sales letters, raising venture capital and having a prototype built. While both of these men are schooled in business, one has an associate schooled in IT and is consulted concerning the hosting needed for the upcoming launch, cloud hosting is suggested as a means to launch with limited resources, while also being prepared should traffic spike during the start.
The second businessman is equally well prepared but has no one with whom he can discuss hosting needs and chooses a limited plan with shared hosting, figuring the costs are low and he can always upgrade later, when and if necessary.
On launch day, both men were running Facebook advertising and reaching targeted audiences. Traffic began to flow, and sales started to be made sending a sense of excitement through both. Throughout the day the numbers increased, until one moment, at precisely 6:23 pm, EDT, one of the websites, the one on a shared hosting plan, went offline based on resources being maxed. Frantic calls to customer support promised that they could upgrade his server, but it would take until the next day. He told them to proceed with the upgrade, meanwhile refreshing the site to see if it had returned to functional status, it had not.
The first businessman, the one who had received advice concerning cloud hosting had watched his traffic build and build throughout the day. As 6:23 pm, EDT approached, and he saw the traffic spiking, he called his IT friend who quickly accessed his control panel and increased the resources of this site. 6:23 pm, EDT came and went without incident, and no calls to customer service were required, there was no need, traffic was flowing, sales were coming in and it seemed his product had wings and would carry him to success.
While the above scenario is fiction, it is based on how the web works and what could happen during a product launch. It is far better to be prepared and not need additional resources, then to be left with a website that is offline and a support team who promises to fix things as soon as possible, but maybe not until tomorrow.
The hosting you choose is, of course, your decision and it’s possible the future may present better options, for now, cloud hosting offers the best solution, both in cost and available resources.