Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Updated: Friday, September 16, 2022

Differences Between Cloud Web Hosting and Traditional Web Hosting

We get confused when we want to purchase storage for our web application such as WordPress - which is better: Cloud or Traditional Web Hosting such as Shared, Managed, Dedicated? What are the major differences between them? 

Differences Between Cloud Web Hosting and Traditional Web Hosting

Yes! We are going to understand all of them above. At the end of this study, we will also check the recommended Cloud and Web Hosting providers.

Here are 10 major differences between Cloud Web Hosting and Traditional Web Hosting

Cloud Hosting Traditional Web Hosting
Cloud Hosting is a network of several clustered servers that host web application. So failing any server doesn’t effect web application. Traditional Web Hosting is a network of an individual server that hosts single or multiple web applications. So it has chances of application goes offline due to failing server or maintenance.
It is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model of cloud hosting. That is why Cloud Hosting is cost effective and pay as you go! It uses traditional package-wise model. Each package has fixed bandwidth, storage and other limitations. If you need to extend capacity and bandwidth, you must upgrade hosting package.
Easily Flexible and Scalable. Example, we can adjust resources like storage, bandwidth, RAM etc. It is not much flexible and scalabale as Cloud Hosting.
Cloud Hosting provides easily upgrades and downgrades. It also provides upgrades and downgrades but you need to contact their support team. Before any changes, you must backup your application.
Higher Up-time and availability. Server up-time and availability is not effective as Cloud Hosting.
Cloud Hosting provides much Page speed and Time to First Byte (TTFB). So the amount of time between connecting to the server and responding the contents of a web page is much faster. Traditional Web Hosting doesn’t provide the same Page Speed and TTFB.
Data Backup and Disaster Recovery is easier. It depends on packages of Hosting. All packages don’t provide. And for Disaster Recovery of your web application, you must hire expert or need to contact providers technical team.
Data Security is high. Data Security is dependent on 3rd parties services. After all, traditional web hosting doesn’t provide strong data security.
Minimum monthly cost is higher than traditional web hosting. Minimum monthly cost is affordable to run application.
Recommended for higher traffic. Recommended for lower traffic or small business.

Advantages of Cloud Hosting

  • Cost Effective according to allocated resources.
  • Data Security
  • Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Flexible Storage and Scalable
  • Page Speed Booster
  • Recommended for higher traffic.

Disadvantages of Cloud Hosting

  • Minimum monthly cost is higher than traditional hosting.
  • Not recommended for a web application with less visitors.

Advantages of Traditional Web Hosting

  • Minimum monthly cost is affordable to run application.
  • Recommended for lower traffic or small business.

Disadvantages of Traditional Web Hosting

  • Expensive according to allocated resources.
  • Data Security is low
  • Data Backup and Disaster Recovery isn’t effective
  • Page speed and Time to First Byte (TTFB) is lower than Cloud.
  • Not recommended for higher traffic.

Recommended (by compromath) Cloud Hosting Services for Web Application (Including WordPress)

  1. Cloudways - It is cloud based storage providers. Minimum cost per month is $12. You don't need to purchase SSL. Because it provides FREE. From their pricing table, you will get overview of Bandwidth according to package. So select which one you need. 

  2. Hostinger - Their Cloud servicing starts from $10 per month. They also provide FREE SSL. Additionally, the offer FREE Domain Name, Email Accounts. 

  3. Liquid Web - It provides quality Cloud services and as a result, cost is higher than others. They provides secured cloud platform with extra layers. And I found their support team is awesome. 

Recommended (by compromath) Web Hosting Services for Web Application (Including WordPress)

  1. Hostinger - Their Cloud servicing starts from $10 per month. They also provide FREE SSL. Additionally, the offer FREE Domain Name, Email Accounts. 

  2. Liquid Web - It also provides quality managed, dedicated, enterprises web hosting. Starting cost is higher due to high bandwidth. 

  3. Namecheap - Namecheap provides cheap to on-budget quality hosting solution. 

Did you try any cloud or hosting services? Please leave your experiences in comment section below. We will mention it in this article. 

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