Why Use Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting is a unique hosting solution that allows for scalable resource use, and flexible pricing, all while getting very high levels of server performance. Essentially cloud hosting is the equivalent of having a very large dedicated server at your disposal. Users who are just starting their first websites probably won’t get that much value out of cloud hosting, something like a simple and cheap shared hosting package will be enough. But, if you’ve been looking to upgrade your hosting to a VPS, or dedicated host, then cloud hosting is definitely worth thinking about. Cloud hosting will give you near unlimited access to server resources that you can scale up or down on demand. Since you aren’t tied to a specific physical server you can scale your resources as your traffic levels rise. Plus, you’ll have access to a very high-performance server environment that rivals VPS and dedicated servers.
The Traditional Hosting Pricing Model
With traditional hosting, whether that’s shared, VPS, dedicated, or managed, you’re paying for a set amount of server resources on a monthly, or yearly basis. Now, a lot of hosting packages will give you unlimited resources to an extent, but you’re mostly paying for that physical server space. How much you’re paying will depend upon the quality of the host, the total amount of space, memory, CPU, and other resources you need, plus additional things like support and bundled hosting features. One thing you’ll certainly be paying for a limited amount of server resources. If you’re a mid-range site you have the option of choosing between a VPS, dedicated, or managed solution, but even these might be too pricey for the value you’re getting. Think of traditional hosting like a cell phone contract without rollover minutes. You’re paying a set fee every single month whether you end up using all those minutes or not. For some website owners the added cost might not mean much, but if you want the most value out of your dollar, then take a look at cloud hosting’s pricing model.
Breaking Down How Cloud Hosting Pricing Works
In the past, if you wanted a high-performance server environment you’d have to pay a lot for it. This left a lot of website owners in the dust. Especially, if they only needed access to higher-level server resources every once in a while. Cloud hosting seeks to fill this gap in the market and offer website owners a flexible solution with flexible pricing. With cloud hosting costs, you only pay for what you use. You’ll have a standard level pricing rate that’s incredibly cheap (think shared hosting pricing), but you’ll have the ability to scale these server resources up and down and only pay for what you use. This is done through strict resource usage monitoring. Through an intuitive user dashboard, you’ll be able to monitor and allocate additional server resources very quickly. Plus, you’ll be able to see your site’s overall usage at a moment’s notice. This means you won’t have any surprises when it comes to billing. Think of cloud hosting pricing as being similar to your electricity bill, depending upon your provider of course. Typically you’re paying based on how much electricity you consumed. You can even see the detailed wattage breakdown, so you can see how much you consumed and it’s relationship to your total bill. By now you should have a better grasp of how the cloud hosting price model works and how it compares to more traditional hosting pricing arrangements. If you need a flexible host that’ll only cost you what you use, then cloud hosting is an option worth considering.