The primary distinction between cloud hosting and web hosting is that a cloud hosting company provides website hosting services using various virtual servers. In most cases, one physical server is used for web hosting. In other words, while websites hosted by a web host service all run on the same server and share the same resources (such as space, storage, and bandwidth), websites hosted by a cloud hosting server share resources across multiple servers to ensure the best possible quality and speed.
Web hosting has long been the preferred and most common form of hosting service, and it remains so due to its lower average costs. Web hosting services, in general, are either on a smaller scale, offering service for a single web page or a free web domain with limited features or on a larger scale, providing hosting services that must be paid for and support a large number of websites.
On the other hand, Cloud hosting servers are rapidly ascending the internet rankings, as they provide a range of useful, often superior benefits that result in increased website performance. The following are some of these characteristics:
- High uptimes;
- Improved support;
- More reliability;
- Increased bandwidth;
- Enhanced resources.
A faulty or otherwise problematic server can be quarantined, and the website switched to a more reliable server in seconds because cloud server hosting is a real-time affair. The aggregate distribution of website resources also ensures that a single server does not become overburdened due to the number of websites hosted on it. For example, if one website on a shared server experiences an increase in traffic, the productivity of all other websites on that server is likely to suffer. This is not a problem for cloud hosting companies since they use many servers.