Cloud Hosting vs Web Hosting: Whats the Difference?

Cindy F. Cape


With so much data being generated every day and new websites coming up, the security and management of these resources becomes extremely crucial for organisations.


These organisations need to manage the resources and elements of their websites at a suitable place, from where they can be accessed instantaneously at the user’s command.


The 2 major options with managers today are the traditional Web Hosting and the new-gen concept, or rather say facility, of Cloud Hosting. As companies continue shifting to online modes of data storage like the cloud space, cloud hosting services are gaining popularity, though many managers still stay confused between Web Hosting and Cloud Hosting.


For those who are familiar with the concept of Cloud Computing, this might not seem a huge challenge, especially for those who have a cloud computing certification, However, managers deprived of this need to analyse the pros and cons of both services, and figure out which one of these 2 is more suitable and beneficial for their organisation.


In this article, we try to illustrate the key differences between these 2 modes of hosting, focusing on different parameters. You should analyse each of these separately to make the final decision about which hosting service to use in your company. Before we discuss the difference, let’s have a quick look at what exactly these 2 hosting services are.


Web Hosting


Web Hosting is the traditional mode of hosting websites through which organisations host their website resources on local servers. The resources are stored on a local server, and as a user makes a request on a website, accordingly, these resources are accessed from the server and presented on the website.


There are various types of web hosting which you can use for your website like Virtual, Dedicated, Shared and Managed. However, the 2 most common are Virtual and Dedicated web hosting services. The major difference between these 2 is shown below.


  • Virtual Web Hosting: This is also called VPS (Virtual Private Server), and allows the hosting company to buy a particular share of the server where the files can be located. The remaining share of the server is used by other companies and websites, thus multiple users have access to the complete server at a time.

  • Dedicated Web Hosting: In this, the entire server is owned by one organisation or entity, and thus you need not share your resources with anyone else. Due to this extra feature, dedicated web hosting is often costlier than virtual web hosting.


Cloud Hosting


Contrary to hosting your website resources on local servers, cloud hosting allows you to store your website resources on the digital space of the internet through various platforms. You can leverage this online cloud space, by simply paying for as much services you awail, rather than paying to buy a fixed server space.


With the growing popularity of cloud computing, the cloud based hosting is also gaining stability, mainly due to its various benefits. Some of the benefits of this kind of hosting service include better security, less costs, flexibility, ease of accessibility, shareability, etc.


Web Hosting vs Cloud Hosting


As we know the basics about both kinds of hosting now, let’s check what are the key differences between them and which kind of hosting excels in a particular category.


Control Over Resources


  • In case of a web hosting, you buy a small piece of space on the server, and not the complete server. This means that along with you, other users are also storing their resources on a shared platform.

  • Also, with web hosting, you buy a limited space on the server which is fixed. In case of cloud hosting, you do not buy a particular space but access services according to your needs.

  • This is especially helpful for growing websites which do not have much idea about their requirements and simply want to adapt to circumstances.

  • However, growing websites also desire to stay economical and least involvement in managing hosting service due to little knowledge, and web hosting sounds a better option in such cases.


Services


  • Web Hosting platforms are accompanied with services additional to normal resources management.

  • They also offer automated backups of your resources, just to prevent you from mistakenly flushing the resources. Also, as competition in the hosting market grows, many web hosting service providers are now also offering completely free domain registration.

  • In the case of cloud, most (not all) services are in-built in their servers. They also provide recovery of data when the server goes down, and since major providers host multiple servers, they also offer better service by switching between different servers, when one goes down or faces some glitch.


Scalability


  • If you’re using a web hosting service and somehow need to expand your resources or space, the options you would have will include either changing your plan or changing the service provider. This is both cumbersome and time taking.

  • In the case of cloud hosting, scalability is an important feature and allows you to change your space and resources dynamically with just a few clicks. You can buy new space, remove the unnecessary space and also connect your additional resources like RAM.

  • For those who have a stable traffic and know what space their business would require, web hosting can be a good option. However, the traffic for most websites remains dynamic with constant rises and falls. This has further increased since the pandemic age.


Security


  • Web Hosting providers often give good security from authorised providers. However, at times, the costs are additional and you might even be required to buy a security plan on your own.

  • In case of cloud hosting, security features are in-built. Also, the security is far superior as most cloud platforms are offered by top IT giants like Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, which have substantial capacity to offer good security coverage.


Making a correct decision about your hosting service provider is crucial as this is not something which you can change from time to time.


There is a lot of planning and brainstorming which goes on in an organisation before arriving at the final decision. So analyse all these parameters carefully and go ahead with the service which best suits your business needs, mission, and objectives.


 

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