What is cloud website hosting really? The term ‘cloud’ appears to be very modern in today’s computing, Internet and web hosting parlance. In spite of that, only a few in fact know what cloud hosting is.
Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.
1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting corporation into an actual cloud website hosting plans provider.
The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to supply remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but… we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or corporate purposes. There’s constantly one “but”, isn’t there?
It’s not sufficient to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, just like cPanel, a “cloud website hosting” service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way – this does not refer solely to the remote file storage.
The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and “clouded”. And that’s quite tough. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can really attain it.
2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web pages, electronic mail aliases, and so on, aren’t we?
To call a web hosting service a “cloud website hosting” one needs a lot more than providing simply remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be devoted exclusively to the mail linked services.
Performing nothing different than these given procedures. There might be just one or maybe a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load generated.
To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number.
Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users’ CPs, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting company will support numerous server farm facility sites on multiple continents.
Here’s an example of a DNS of a true cloud website hosting company:
If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting solutions provider, it’s not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:
that there isn’t any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS plainly manifests that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it’s cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent.
In cPanel’s case, one physical server tackles all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), web files, and so on).
Remote File Storage – The Perverted Definition of Cloud Website Hosting.
So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined only to a remote data storage service, as a lot of web hosting corporations wish it was.
Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions.
The file web hosting platform appears indeed quite simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it’s merely one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform.
There’s plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and… in the foreseeable future, maybe a number of brand new clouds we presently don’t know about will spring up out of the blue.
Cheap Hosting Packages
As the IT industry proliferates incessantly, brand new cheap hosting solutions are introduced to make website creation and administration easier than ever.
A shared hosting package with the smallest disk storage and bandwidth quotas used to cost tens of dollars per month, but at the moment, some vendors provide unmetered plans for only a fraction of the cost, enabling customers and small-sized corporations to get their place in the Internet universe.
Affordable, Dependable Shared Hosting Packages
The development of more robust architectures and the allocation of different tasks between different hosting servers enable suppliers to furnish dependable, yet cheap hosting accounts. With a shared website hosting package, every client hosts an account on a web hosting server and because many other persons share the same web server, the cost of the service is quite affordable.
Based on the concrete firm, there may be data storage, monthly bandwidth or CPU load limits, but owing to the high rivalry on the marketplace and the aforementioned allocation of tasks, most top-notch distributors provide unmetered feature packages.
The most typical restriction is related to the CPU usage, and such a restriction is a way for the distributor to ensure that all accounts on the web server will have guaranteed system resources and that if a specific account loads the web hosting server, it will not influence the other ones, inducing all the online portals on the server to become unavailable.
A shared website hosting solution can be used for any small or medium-sized site – from a personal online blog, to a forum or a small-size online storefront.
Half-Priced virtual private servers
For more visited web pages that generate 1000’s of hits each and every day, there is also a low-cost, high quality solution – a virtual private servers. With this kind of cheap hosting, there are only several accounts on a physical server, which still preserves the price quite inexpensive compared to a dedicated server plans.
Each virtual private hosting server has guaranteed resources that are much more than those of a shared web hosting package, which makes it achievable for people to maintain big web storefronts, e-learning web portals with 100’s or thousands of users, and large company web sites.
Similar to the shared web hosting packages, the virtual private web hosting server accounts have one or more features with a given quota, which ensures the stable operation of the other accounts on the server.
The good side of the VPS hosting server is that the client has complete server root access, i.e. services can be activated and ended, any software platform can be activated, and the hosting server can be rebooted through a virtualization tool, also famous as a container.
Since some script-based online portals request supplementary server-side software to be activated, being endowed with root access is a vital prerequisite for these web pages to function properly.
A Variety of Hosting Control Panel Options
The site content is managed through a hosting Control Panel just as any shared web hosting package. The hosting Control Panel trademarks vary on the basis of the website hosting service provider, but the most famous ones are Hepsia, cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk and H-Sphere, and they all give you the basic functions to handle your websites, to create and manage files, databases and emails, add password protected areas, activate scripts through a script-installer software platform, and observe web traffic statistics for your domain names.
Sadly, only Hepsia offers domain registrations, transfers, renewals and countless domain administration possibilities, through a very easy-to-use section dubbed Domain Manager.
Low-Price Cloud Shared Hosting Services by WebhostingXL
With us at WebhostingXL, you can view and assess different cloud web hosting plans and web hosting services. We provide stable hosting solutions on solid web hosting servers at remarkably cheap prices, so you can get all you need for your web presence – a hosting account, domain names, and, if you administer a web shop, you can also have an SSL certificate. All these services are easily handled via a single Control Panel user interface.
Description of Cloud Website Hosting
In general, the actual cloud website hosting solution serves various website hosting services like storage space, email, FTP, databases, DNS, stats, web hosting Control Panel, backup, and so on, on autonomous packs of leading edge servers. Each specific service group generates a cluster.
All the web servers in a cluster are devoted to serving only the particular service and nothing apart from it. They will all run as one web server, sharing the service’s load in practically identical proportions.
If there is a genuine cloud website hosting service, there should be: a web space cluster, an email cluster, a File Transfer Protocol cluster, database clusters (MySQL/PostgreSQL), a DNS cluster, a statistics cluster, a web hosting CP cluster, a backup cluster, and so on.
All these autonomous service clusters will produce the so-called cloud website hosting platform.
The massive cloud web hosting fraud. Quite widespread today.
There is so much confusion going around about cloud web hosting at present. As you can perceive, cloud website hosting does not only sound complicated, but in fact it is extremely perplexing. Most of the people are not at all aware of what cloud website hosting is.
On the wings of this popular ignorance, the “cloud website hosting traders” speculate feverishly, just to secure the client and his/her 5 bucks per month. What a shame! An immense disgrace. This is due to the fact that in the web hosting business there are no bylaws whatsoever.
The domain industry niche has ICANN. The website hosting industry niche has no such supervisory body. This is the reason why the hosting retailers speculate and lie overtly (very bluntly, in fact) to their clients. Particularly the cPanel-based cloud web hosting providers. Let’s examine how much cloud web hosting they in reality can offer.
The truth about the cPanel-based “cloud” web hosting merchants
If a cPanel-based web hosting provider has a cloud website hosting solution at hand, which is quite unlikely, plenty of servers have to be purchased. Which is also not cheap.
We will return to that at the end of this review. First off, let’s see what the cloud complications are. So, it’s very unbelievable for a cPanel web hosting firm to have the cloud website hosting platform at hand, owing to the fact that developing one takes years.
Even when time and the provision of expert personnel are not an issue, a lot of cash has to be spent as well. Heaps of cash. Furthermore, cPanel is not open source. That’s a vast obstacle.
The shortage of open source cloud website hosting environments
There aren’t any open source cloud web hosting environments. There are no open source web hosting CP user interfaces (working with the cloud hosting solution) as well.
Hence, to have a cloud website hosting solution at hand, in the first place you have to devise one. In-house. Secondly, you have to establish the website hosting CP too.
Single server-based web hosting CPs
Today’s popular website hosting Control Panels like cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, etc. are intended to function on one single web server solely.
All website hosting services (disk space, electronic mail, FTP, databases, DNS, stats, website hosting Control Panel, backup, and so on) are being served at the very same time on a single web server where these particular one-server website hosting platforms and website hosting CPs are set up.
The absence of open source website hosting CPs
So, you have to fabricate a custom Control Panel that will run uncomplicatedly and to incorporate it within the cloud platform, as if it was an indelible constituent of it.
Proper instances of in-house made cloud web hosting solutions with custom made web hosting Control Panels besides us, at WebhostingXL, are MediaTemple and FreeHostia.
Cloud website hosting hardware equipment fees
The smallest investment wanted, just for the cloud website hosting hardware equipment, amounts to somewhere between $60,000 and $80,000 USD.
That’s excluding the DDoS appliance, which is another 15-20,000 USD. Now you do know how many cloud website hosting systems can be encountered out there… and, above all, why the web hosting sky is so blue… and practically cloudless!
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