Let’s start with a simple fact – a website is as good as the hosting solution that hosts it. If the hosting server is inadequate in terms of resources or performance capabilities, the website doesn’t have a good future.
A simple Google search throws up a lot of options for hosting solution from shared to cloud. Every option offers its own set of pros and cons and a price tag. In fact, for many beginners and non-techies, the price tag is the determining factor that often overrides all other considerations.
However, as experts will tell you, cloud hosting offers the most bang for the buck. Cloud-based hosting solutions are scalable and built for performance. This allows you to plan your business expansion without worrying about running out of server resources or decreased server performance.
In this short article, I will introduce five best cloud hosting options and briefly describe the main features of each provider.
Introduction To DigitalOcean hosting and why its best for developer
DigitalOcean, Inc. is a cloud infrastructure provider with data centers worldwide. DigitalOcean provides developers, cloud services which help to deploy and scale applications. As of January 2018, it is the third-largest hosting company in the world compared to web-facing computers.
DigitalOcean offers virtual servers (VPS), or “droplets” using DigitalOcean terminology. In early 2017, they added load balancers to their offering. You can manage DigitalOcean via a web interface or using the local command line.
DigitalOcean also offers block and object-based storage and since May 2018 Kubernetes-based container service.
Many Reviewers states that DigitalOcean requires users to have some dirty hands sysadmin and DevOps. Writer Greg Laden for ScienceBlogs warned: “Digital Ocean is not for everybody. You need to be at least a little savvy with Linux ….”
DigitalOcean currently offers a community resource, which provides developer-to-developer forums and tutorials.
Introduction To AWS hosting and why it’s Leading the market
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon. AWS provides cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.
In 2017, AWS offered more than 90 services spanning a wide range. This included computing, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, mobile, developer tools, and tools for the Internet of Things. The most popular among them are EC2 and Amazon S3.
AWS is a package of hosting products that aims to take the headache out of traditional hosting solutions. Services like Dropbox and websites such as Reddit all use AWS.
Need for Managed AWS
However, there is a flip side to all the great AWS features. You need to be well versed in server management and the general sysadmin skills.
If you wish to avail all the benefits of AWS, and do not possess the necessary skills (or budget to hire a sysadmin), your best bet is to go for managed AWS website hosting. These service providers add their custom management layer on top of the AWS infrastructure such as Cloudway. This allows everyone from non-techie to an expert to build their applications on the AWS servers without worrying about server set up, the management or even security. The users only see the management layer and, in many cases, are not even aware of the complexities of the AWS server management.
Introduction To Google hosting
Google Cloud Platform provides infrastructure as a service and serverless computing environments.
In April 2008, Google announced App Engine, a platform for developing and hosting web applications.
Google Cloud Platform itself has been on a very rapid rise over the past couple of years. More companies are migrating their websites since it offers the most secure, flexible, and cost-effective solution. It saves money on IT staffing and allows for almost instant scaling of any application.
Introduction To Linode
Linode, founded by Christopher Aker, was launched in mid-2003.
It launched its data backup service in 2009. NodeBalancer, a load-balancing service, was launched in July 2011.
Linode offers various products and services for their users. It’s flash products are cloud-hosting services with multiple packages with different price tags. Linode Backup allows customers to back up their servers on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Introduction To Vultr
Vultr, founded in 2014, thrives to empower developers and businesses by easing the deployment of their infrastructure. Vultr has 16 data centers across the globe. They provide frictionless provisioning of public cloud and storage
Vultr has made it their priority to offer a reliable high-performance cloud computing environment to its users.
As you can see, cloud hosting is the ideal solution for your projects. In 2019, you have several great options to choose from. I strongly recommend checking out AWS as the next cloud hosting solution for your project. Let me know how the decision turns out for your business.