If you’re planning on creating a website for your business, then one of the first things you’ll want to consider is where and how you host it.
What Is Hosting?
All of the files that make up a website are stored (or hosted) on a web server. A web server is simply a computer that’s part of a network and connected to the internet. When you type a URL into the address bar on your web browser (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer), or click a link on Google, your web browser needs to know what web page to show you. It does this by following the web address back to the web server, which in turn tells your browser the correct page to display and all of the files and images that go with it.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting where your website is hosted on a dedicated web server. This single server will be responsible for storing all of the files that make up your website and also handling and processing all of your website’s traffic i.e. telling all of your visitor’s browsers which pages to display.
The major floor with VPS hosting is that, should there ever be a problem with your server or when routine maintenance has to be carried out or should there be a security breach, then your site will be taken offline while any work is undertaken. If you run an ecommerce store, this can not only loose you sales, but also deter potential customers from returning.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘Cloud' before, especially if you own an iPhone, as Apple’s iCloud backup storage has helped edge the term closer to the mainstream. But, what is 'Cloud Hosting’?
Cloud Hosting is when your website is hosted on a variety of servers, each connected to each other. This group of servers work with each other, forming a virtual cloud.
Why Cloud Hosting Is Right for Your Website
There are many reasons why you might want to choose Cloud Hosting over VPN Hosting for your website. The some of the major reasons are:
Efficiency and Speed - with cloud hosting, your site is hosted by an amalgamation of servers, potentially across the world. This means that, rather than placing a large demand on one single server, the load is spread across each connected server. Therefore, if someone tries to load your website in Russia, they can load it from the server or group of servers closest to them. This means that your website loads faster, as no single server is under strain at any point.
Cost Benefits - you only pay for the bandwidth and space you actually use when you host in the cloud. If you’re an SME looking to create your first website, you won’t be using a lot of space or bandwidth initially, which makes cloud hosting more cost effective. Your hosting needs will grow with your website and business needs, meaning the cost would rise incrementally. Your business will scale simply and you’ll never pay for server space that you don’t need.
Running Time - with cloud hosting, there’s typically a 99.9% uptime. This means that your website will never be offline while maintenance is carried out. This is because your website is effectively running on many servers. Therefore, when maintenance is carried out on one of the servers, another server or group of servers is employed to handle the traffic.
Many Hands Make Light Work
The phrase ‘many hands make light work’ is certainly true when it comes to web hosting and, even though Cloud Hosting is on the rise at the moment, not every hosting provider offers it right now.
All of our websites come equipped with cloud hosting, so you can get fast loading speeds and near 100% uptime at a reasonable cost by contacting us today.