Shared web hosting vs. cloud hosting

Websites are the key to most successful businesses. Typically, if a business’s website is down, so is the business. This is why there are several web hosting companies that provide different types of hosting services.

There is a major contrast between shared services and web hosting in the cloud. Although both services provide basic web hosting functions, they are designed through different processes. The hosting company that works best for your organisation/business depends highly on the business’s needs.

Shared web hosting

Some businesses may want to pack a range of different websites onto a server, which is where a shared hosting server will come in useful.

Despite this, the website’s speed and performance can easily be damaged, and security restrictions are likely to be presented. Once a hacker has access to one of the websites, the other websites will be left vulnerable to an attack.

If you haven’t got a large budget, a shared web hosting service would be the cheaper option.

Cloud computing

Similarly, cloud hosting is a service which exists on multiple services. If your business’s website is hosted in the cloud your colleagues will be able to go between servers while being secure.

“Cloud hosting is scalable and shared quite the opposite to shared web hosting. It’s like sharing a house with people you don’t know. With cloud hosting, you can scale up and down or set it to auto based on your needs,” says Zeshan Tariq, Cloud Migration & Optimisation Engineer, Bristol City Council.

Cloud hosting is most suitable for websites in need of in-depth security features because of experiencing a lot of traffic. It’s important to take into consideration that hosting in the cloud is more expensive than shared hosting services and, typically, cost US$15 to US$20 per month.

In conclusion, cloud hosting services include security and performance features, while shared hosting services have fewer security features and are most suitable for a small business in need of a basic website.

Written by Leah Alger