What is Cloud Web Hosting?
Cloud hosting utilizes more than one server (also known as a cluster) to ensure your website is displayed properly. What this means to you is the resources needed to maintain your website are spread across multiple servers. This helps to reduce down time because if one server goes down, another one can take its place. Cloud hosting also provides extra bandwidth and processing power when you need it, which is especially useful if you get a spike in traffic at one time.
Advantages of Cloud Web Hosting
Cloud Hosting has several advantages over other type of web hosting options. One of the most important advantages is having your website files stored on several servers (usually in a redundant manner). What this means for you is if one server goes down, your website will still be online. Another advantage of cloud hosting is the ability to take advantage of additional bandwidth if for some reason your website receives a great deal of traffic all at one time. Having the additional servers to power your website will also help if you receive a rush of traffic to your website.
Disadvantages of Cloud Hosting
There are very several disadvantages to using cloud hosting. There are some cheaper or discount providers of cloud hosting that use low quality server hardware, resulting in service that is not always reliable and could result in your website not being online 100% of the time. Another disadvantage of cloud hosting is the cost. Cloud hosting typically cost more than shared hosting or a VPS. It could even cost more than a dedicated server if your website is a high traffic or needs high processing power.