The Difference between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

In Web Hosting Skills, Webmaster Skills
Cloud Hosting vs Shared Hosting

You might be deciding to buy a web hosting server, so you are faced with a sort types and levels of web hosting packages. The types of web hosting package choices are ranging from shared hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Server, and so on. Firstly, before to the difference between cloud hosting and shared hosting, we are going to discover the difference of VPS Server and Dedicated Server.

The Difference between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Server

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It’s a web hosting service that allows you to decide the platform, Operating System and a sort of applications to suit your web hosting requirements. Most of VPS web hosting services are faster than regular shared hosting services. However, it certainly depends on the specifications. In term of the price, VPS web hosting is more expensive than a regular shared hosting at the same specifications. So, if you want a cheaper VPS web hosting, you can use an unmanaged package, but you must be able to manage the VPS independently. The unmanaged VPS service is best for users who want to customize their website or business.

A dedicated Server is a server computer which the only you use it. So you lease a server exclusively for you and it’s not shared with other users. When it comes to the price, it is definitely expensive for my common people. The price is specified based on the server hardware specifications such as RAM and CPU capacity. The user of a dedicated server is usually a government agency or a large website with a high traffic volume.

Now, after reading the difference between VPS and Dedicated server, you should understand why a user needs to use any of them. Then, here we are to discover the difference between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting.

Probably the picture below can help you to understand the difference between cloud hosting and shared hosting.

The Difference between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

The Difference between  Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

Understanding Shared Hosting

The shared hosting is also called as an ordinary or conventional web hosting because such type of web hosting has been applied in the past until now by many web hosting service providers. A shared hosting usually has a physical server computer which is used by many users or many websites.

However, if one of the users exceeds the usage limit of the resources, such as RAM or CPU capacity, then the other users will automatically be affected too. For example, the other websites within the server become slow or even down and cannot be accessed at all. Moreover, if the server is in a maintenance mode, all of the websites are down. Unless there is another temporary server to handle the backup. One of the advantages of a shared hosting is relatively cheap.

Understanding Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is the latest hosting technology. The cloud hosting combines several server computers into a single unit to handle many websites. As the picture above illustrates how the cloud hosting servers deliver a web content data to the end user. In case one of the cloud hosting servers is down, damaged, or overload, then such situation will not affect the performance the websites within the cloud hosting. It’s because the other servers will handle the content delivery. Read also, the benefits of Content Delivery Network (CDN).

So, if in the cloud servers there is a website with a traffic volume surge that condition and reach the limit usage of resources, it will not affect the other websites. But it’s the only website which cannot be accessed by the end users as it reaches the usage limit.

Finally, if you are looking for a web hosting service, make sure to get the most proper one. Choose a web hosting provider that supports upgrade to a higher level web hosting package. So, whenever you start a blog or site, you can start from the lowest level of hosting package. A shared hosting package for a very new blog or site is more than enough. However, watch your traffic and resources usage growth. Once your web hosting package reaches its maximum capability, such as RAM capacity, data storage capacity, and CPU, then you can upgrade to a cloud hosting service.

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