What is Cloud Hosting?

Definition: Cloud Hosting is preferred by all the corporate giants, but if you're new to the hosting arena, the first and foremost question popping up in your mind would definitely be - "what is cloud hosting".

Cloud hosting sites basically operate across various web servers that are interconnected, and as opposed to traditional hosting forms such as shared hosting, and dedicated hosting, data is rendered from various servers.

Benefits of Cloud Hosting

You pay for what you use: As your business needs fluctuate, you've nothing to worry as you can change your hosting packages based on your needs, and pay only for what you use.

Choice of OS: You can choose operating system of your choice – i.e. Linux or Windows.

Flexibility: Complete server configuration controls via an API or web-based interface.

Get the Best of Both Worlds: You can enjoy the benefits of dedicated hosting, but don't need to bear the heavy cost of dedicated hosting, if you don't have extensive requirements.

Cloud Hosting vs Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated servers are always located in a secure and stable data center saving you from infrastructural investments. You've complete control over the server, and hence you can customize the performance levels of the server completely.

However, in case of any mishaps, then complete set-up goes for a toss. Secondly, if your requirements grow, you need to rent/lease a bigger dedicated server, and bear the higher cost.

In the case of cloud hosting, you pay as you use, and you can always make changes to your requirements (which is the real beauty of cloud hosting concept!).

Additionally, you can add up other servers in the network to tackle downtime, or to expand your existing bandwidth/storage space without affecting the existing set-up even for a moment.

So, it's pretty clear that one should give a serious thought to shifting to cloud hosting rather than spending unnecessarily on a VPS/dedicated host unless their business really demands it.

Also Known As: cloud web hosting, cloud site hosting

Common Misspellings: clowd hosting, claud hosting

Examples: Alright, we're done with this theoretical stuff, and definition of cloud hosting, and now you ask – show me an example of cloud hosting. Well whether you know it or not, but you’re pretty familiar with this one – yes, we're talking about Google!

Last year, Google rolled out the Caffeine Update as a part of which, they made a lot of infrastructural changes, and moved to a cloud-dominated hosting base.

How Does It Work?

Continuing our example of Google, whenever you perform a search, the queries run on a massive network of computers (cloud), and instead of being limited to a single server, Google has nothing to worry about the load.

This gives complete flexibility of adding more systems (servers) in the network in order to cope up with the additional load (whether expected or unexpected). Therefore, one can scale up the operations manifolds without really facing any downtime.

 SOURCE: https://www.lifewire.com/understanding-cloud-hosting-3473590
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Different Types of Web Hosting Explained!

Different Types of Hosting

Choosing the right web hosting plan can seem a bit daunting, especially if you aren’t a techie. So, in this post we’ll take a look at the differences between the four different types of hosting- Shared, SSD, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Server.

Let’s run through each in our beginner´s guide.

Shared Hosting

This type of web hosting  is a great place to start. Among other types of hosting plans, it’s the one that most people will be familiar with. It’s called shared hosting because your data (website files, databases, emails etc.) are stored on a powerful server along with other customers’. It is suitable for absolute beginners.

The advantage of shared is that it’s low cost and has all the features you would need such as a hosting control panel (we use cPanel) where you manage all the aspects of your hosting like setting up email addresses. You also get access to a Website Builder Tool to allow you to build a stunning new website.

With shared you are sharing all of the main resources of the server such as the CPU, RAM memory and disk space with other customers on the server. In order to prevent any one particular customer from using all of the server’s resources (and affecting other customers), we use a tool called CloudLinux, which keeps the resources spread evenly over all the customers’ accounts on the server.
See Pickaweb’s shared hosting from £2.49

On our shared servers, we use Dell hardware and all servers are equipped with Dual Power Supplies, Dual Processors and 10K SAS Enterprise hot swap hard drives in a RAID10 configuration. This means that redundancy is built in to our servers to ensure maximum uptime.

To give you an analogy, shared is like flying business class. You get plenty of room along with a great selection of destinations, but you have to fly from a standard airport and in terms of onboard  cuisine, you can choose from the standard menu on offer.

See the following infographic listing the different types of hosting based on knowledge, budget and requirements.

SSD Hosting

If you want super fast hosting, our SSD Hosting is the plan to go for. It’s the same as shared, but we use super fast Solid State Drives (SSD).  These are incredibly fast; that is becoming more and more important these days especially since the speed at which your website loads is a ranking factor with Google.

With SSD drives there are no moving parts, unlike traditional hard drives. They are electronic devices and they are extremely quick and reliable so there are some serious advantages with SSD hosting. In this type of hosting, we restrict the number of domains on one server to ensure the highest possible level of service.

Going back to the analogy above, SSD hosting is like flying first class in a supersonic jet. You get the same choice of great destinations, the menu is set for you but you get to your destination much, much faster and you share the cabin with fewer passengers.

See Pickaweb’s SSD Hosting packages from £9.99

VPS Hosting

When we looked at shared hosting above, one of the main points to consider is that you are sharing the server’s key resources such as RAM and CPU. You are also restricted from changing any of the server’s configuration settings (i.e. version of PHP, security settings). For most people, that won’t be an issue. But if you are running a busy website/eCommerce store or you want to run a particular configuration that your website software requires, a VPS Hosting will definitely meet your needs.

The way that a Virtual Private Server or VPS works is that a physical server is split into several virtual servers. See what it is. In this type of hosting, each server is its own self contained unit and it’s allocated its own guaranteed resources such as CPU, RAM and disk space. The advantage to you is that you can have all of the power and functionality of a dedicated server but at a fraction of the cost. Each VPS has its own hosting control panel too and you can choose which operating system you require whether it is a Linux based one (eg: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu) or Windows. You can choose whether you want a 1GB, 2GB or 4GB VPS Plan.

Our VPS Hosting is offered via our high availability cloud infrastructure. What this means is that your data is stored across many different hard drives on several physical servers. The result is that the possibility of hardware related downtime is dramatically reduced because if one server fails the data is available via the other servers in the cloud. The cloud also means that if you need more power, you just upgrade your plan and it’s done in an instant. There is no waiting around.

With our VPS we have two types for you to choose from. We have fast UK VPS which uses fast, Enterprise grade 10K SAS hard drives and our SSD VPS which use super fast SSD drives.
Going back to the airline analogy VPS Hosting is the equivalent of a Private Jet club where you get full use without owning the plane. You get to choose where you fly to and when. There are very few other passengers on board, the menu is a la carte and if you need to get there in supersonic time the SSD VPS is the one to go for.

See Pickaweb’s VPS Hosting packages from £9.99

Dedicated Hosting

As with the VPS option a Dedicated server you are in complete control, but this time you don’t share the hardware with anyone. It is the ultimate in terms of power and control because you get all of the server’s key resources assigned to you such as CPU, RAM and disk space.

Going back to our analogy, this is like owning your own private jet. You can go the full Elvis and customise your server exactly the way you want it. Fly when you want, to where you want and with whom you want. You are 100% in control.

See Pickaweb’s Dedicated Server Solutions

Managed VPS and Dedicated Servers

One thing that may concern you about upgrading to a VPS or a Dedicated Server is the prospect of managing it. Some people love server administration and that’s great – they get full root access and can run it how they want. But if you just want to focus on running your business with no desire to manage your VPS or Dedicated Server, leave it to us.

We’ll set it up, configure it, make sure it’s kept up to date and anything else to make sure it runs the way it should. You can order the Managed Service when you order your service.

SOURCE: https://www.pickaweb.co.uk/blog/different-types-of-web-hosting/
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The Difference Between A Domain Name And Web Hosting

It is very common for newbies to get confused between a domain name with a web hosting. However, it is very important to be crystal clear on the differences between the two before you move on to your first website.

Domain name And Web Hosting Explained

To simplify: A domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture.
Instead of street name and area code, set of words or/and numbers are used for the website’s naming’. The same goes with hosting, computer hard disk and computer memory are used instead of instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files. The idea is presented clearer with the diagram below.

What’s A Domain Name

When you register a domain, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else in the market has the access to the actual name of that particular domain besides you.
However, just because you have a domain does not mean that you are ready to serve your website to the world. To put up and operate a website, you will need a domain name, and a proper-configured web server (hosting). Details on domain name and DNS system were explained in Web Hosting 101 Guide so we are not digging any deeper on this here – just be clear that (1) a domain name is like your house address; and, (2) a domain name can be registered only with a domain registrar.

What’s A Web Hosting

A web hosting normally refers to the web server (big computer) that stores lots of data files).
A web hosting providers normally rent out web servers and network connection to the end-users or the resellers. For most cases, the hosting providers will be the parties handling most server maintenance work (such as backup, root configuration, maintenance, disaster recoveries, etc); but for certain cases, the end users will need to get everything cover by themselves.

SOURCE: https://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-the-difference-between-a-domain-and-web-hosting/
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