Cloud Web Hosting: Benefits and Drawbacks

cloud computing[This article is written by Roko Nastic, writer and editor at Webmaster Format.]

Web hosting in the cloud. The term itself just sounds cool. But what’s the meat of the matter? When you examine the advantages offered by cloud hosting against its drawbacks, does the equation favor cloud web hosting, or are most websites served just as well by virtual private servers or even shared hosting?

First, a bit about cloud web hosting. Beyond the hype, what is cloud hosting? Imagine having access to all the processing power and bandwidth you require on demand, with your only limitations being the speed of your connection to the cloud and its available processing power. Combine that with metered billing so that you’re only charged for the resources you use, and you have a decent picture of what cloud hosting can do for your website. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? In many ways, it is, but there are a few drawbacks that make it unsuitable for certain environments. First, let’s look at its many benefits:

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