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How Affordable is Cloud Hosting for your Business?

If you are experienced in working with Hosting Providers, you will be familiar with hosting types such as Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. However, that is not where the choice of Hosting ends. Cloud Hosting, the latest in Hosting technology, has gained popularity over the last few years and is considered as one of the most viable options for many website owners and businesses.

While the buzz surrounding Cloud technology has been going around for quite some time, many people are not aware that Hosting providers are leveraging Cloud technology to provide smarter and more cost effective hosting options for their clients. And although you can be satisfied with the current hosting plan you have purchased, it is always a good idea to understand and explore more options and how they can benefit you.

We’ll cover all of this in this article. Moreover, we’ll also compare Cloud Hosting to the other types of hosting plans out there. Let’s get right into it!

Cloud is essentially a clusters of servers, usually made up of virtual computers. And in Cloud Hosting, instead of having your website or application run on a single server, all resources needed to run and maintain your website are distributed across multiple servers present on the cloud.  Think about it as having a computer that you can upgrade or downgrade on the fly depending on your needs. Because of this, Cloud Hosting becomes highly scalable as not only can you allocate more Cloud resources to a website instantaneously, but you can also easily add more resources to the Cloud network itself. . Moreover, it also makes the overall hosting environment more reliable because the threat of downtime is reduced as there is no single point of vulnerability.

All this happens at a very reasonable price. Cloud hosting plans tend to sit somewhere between Shared and Dedicated alternatives. That means you get a lot of value for money as long as you keep the amount of resources you add in check. Basically, you strike a balance between your website’s needs and the resources you allocate to it.  

When you Compare Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting, the latter definitely has the upper hand on the price point. Take a look at the differences in price for both based on the prices of one of the best hosting providers in the industry, ResellerClub:

Shared Hosting

Cloud Hosting

However, with some added cost, Cloud Hosting provides a lot more features along with better performance, reliability and scalability compared to its Shared counterpart. This trade-off is justified, I believe.

When you compare Cloud Hosting and  VPS Hosting, in terms of performance and scalability  both are very close to each other. However, VPS Hosting provides higher customization and flexibility. But similar performance can be gained with Cloud Hosting at a cheaper rate. Take a look at the pricing comparison below:

VPS Hosting

Cloud Hosting

Finally, let us look at Cloud Hosting vs. Dedicated Hosting. Dedicated servers are one of the most expensive options in hosting. Dedicated Hosting plans usually cost upwards of $100 per month. Nevertheless, for that price, you tend to get top-of-the-line performance. Cloud Hosting can also match up to the performance, but you will need to heavily configure your Cloud cluster to match the performance. If you have a huge website with tons of data and frequent transactions, Dedicated Hosting would be the most ideal for you. When it comes to pricing, Cloud Hosting is cheaper but if your website requires dedicated resources, then you might want to shell out the extra  money and purchase a Dedicated Hosting Plan.

Dedicated Hosting

Cloud Hosting

In conclusion, Cloud Hosting is a reliable choice with some serious benefits to back it up. Most of all, it offers you a reasonably-priced alternative compared to more expensive solutions (such as a dedicated server), while still providing excellent performance. If your website is growing at a fast pace but you don’t need dedicated resources yet, then Cloud Hosting is ideal for you.

Hope this post helps and please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below, I would love to read about them.

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