Cloud Hosting or Shared Hosting: Which is best for you?

If you are launching a new website, hosting will definitely be one of the things to check off the list. However, when you start researching on what web hosting to purchase for your site, you suddenly realize that there are just so many types out there. This brings you to a point where you need to decide whether or not you should stick to the most affordable and commonly used hosting type that is Shared Hosting. Or if you should venture out and experiment with more advanced hosting types like Cloud Hosting which is gaining popularity over the last decade. Well if you are in this particular fix, this post is for you.

Both Shared Hosting and Cloud Hosting will work but the only difference between cloud and Shared Hosting is that they can be ideal hosting types for different websites.

  • Performance:

Shared Hosting provides sufficient performance for a small website with moderate traffic. However, when the traffic requirement increases and the website gets bigger, the shared resources prove to be insufficient.

With Cloud Hosting, the resources such as RAM, Storage Space, and CPU that are needed to host your website are divided and spread across multiple servers over the cloud. Not only does this improve the reliability by taking away one point of failure from the environment, but also makes it really easy to add more resources as and when required. This is perfect to handle traffic spikes and unexpected visitor surges.

  • Scalability:

Scalability is one aspect where Cloud Hosting beats Shared hosting hands down. Let’s understand why. When it comes to Shared Hosting, all the websites to be hosted are placed on one single server and the hosting resources such as CPU, RAM, and Storage Space are shared among all the hosted sites. Which means you will get a slice of the whole pie. And in cases where the traffic spikes, the limited resources may fall short and negatively affect the site performance and speed. Moreover, when multiple websites share the hosting resources, and if certain website consumes more resources according to its needs, other websites may experience a resource crunch. Thus the performance may suffer due to this resource crunch.

On the other hand, in Cloud Hosting, there are multiple servers which allocate the load of your website. If in any case there is a traffic surge on your website, the resource addition can be offloaded from the other servers on the cloud. The biggest advantage of Cloud Hosting is that you can add hosting resources such as CPU, RAM and Storage Space on-demand at a click of a button.

  • Working Principle:

Shared Hosting is one of the most popular and widely used types of hosting available. In most cases, Shared Hosting only has 1 server upon which all the websites are hosted. These hosted websites share all the server resources such as RAM, Storage Space, CPU etc. and function. As the resources are shared, it becomes very cost effective for all websites to be hosted.

When it comes to Cloud Hosting, the working is a little different. In Cloud Hosting, all the resources needed to run a website are allocated amongst numerous servers. The servers are a part of a larger cluster called the ‘Cloud’. The Cloud Hosting architecture with Ceph Storage makes the overall system highly reliable. As there are multiple servers in the cloud pool, in case one of the servers fails, it is automatically replaced by a different server from the pool without causing any kind of downtime.

  • Pricing Plans:

In terms of pricing, Shared Hosting definitely wins. Shared Hosting plans are cheaper compared to Cloud hosting because of their complexity and additional features such as better resource scalability and reliability.

  • Security:

Security is an issue that both Shared Hosting and Cloud Hosting needs to deal with. In Shared Hosting, since all websites are hosted on the same server, if a potential hacker breaks into any one site, it will be possible for him to break into others as well on the shared host. Cloud Hosting is also not completely free of security threats. There have been instances where Cloud has been breached like that of CodeSpaces in 2014. But having a pool of servers at your disposal and no isolated point of failure makes Cloud Hosting a lot more reliable. Another aspect is that Cloud Hosting is more complex than Shared Hosting and breaking into the Cloud can be comparatively more difficult. It is very important that the Hosting Provider is vetted thoroughly to understand the security measures they have to offer before engaging with them.

Final Thoughts

Although Shared Hosting is cheaper and simple to use, Cloud Hosting is more preferable for bigger sites and sites that can expect a lot of traffic and growth owing to better security, reliability, and performance. If you have any questions regarding this topic, please pen them down in the feedback section below and we can discuss them further!

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