What Is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting pools resources from multiple virtual server instances of physical servers. Cloud hosting is noted for its reliability, scalability, and flexibility, making it ideal for businesses and websites that need to maintain fast load times, despite surges in traffic from sales or promotions.
Why HostGator Cloud Hosting?
Web pros and businesses have been trusting us with their websites since 2002. HostGator has everything you need in one place – domains, hosting, website builder tools, and more. All of our plans come with unlimited email addresses, bandwidth, and storage. Plus, we offer free site transfers. Check out our awards to see why folks think we’re the best web host around!
How Secure Is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud hosting automatically distributes three mirrored copies of your data across multiple devices to ensure safety and redundancy. Additionally, HostGator employs a number of security measures to protect our servers and customers’ websites. Our data centers are built using top-of-the-line technology, and servers are monitored 24/7 in a highly secure environment.
How Reliable Is Cloud Hosting?
Because you’re virtually using the resources of multiple servers, cloud hosting safeguards you from an individually overwhelmed, or damaged, physical server. If a server experiences any hardware issue or gets overloaded with resource requests, our automatic failover process seamlessly switches you to another server.
Why Cloud Vs. Shared Web Hosting?
The major benefit cloud hosting offers over shared hosting is that it allows you to utilize the resources of multiple servers, rather than being limited to a single server. With cloud hosting, you can monitor and allocate additional resources easily, allowing for unlimited expansion and growth. You have total control over your usage, with no surprises.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to store their website in the cloud accessible via the World Wide Web and to have email functionality which users can receive email send to their domain extension (EG. [email protected]).
In basic terms, web hosting is where your website actually lives. Or to get slightly more fancy about it: a website is a collection of files that exist on a server connected to the internet and accessible to be viewed via a web browser. When someone visits the given domain, these website files are displayed within the web browser as the actual website. When you combine the website files with the hosting server and a properly-pointed domain, you have all the ingredients necessary for a website to be visible online. And that, in a nutshell, is web hosting.
What is shared web hosting?
Shared hosting is a hosting environment where multiple users share the same server resources to power their hosting features such as website, email, database, storage, DNS and more. This reduces the cost of hosting to make it affordable and yet maintain its reliability when resources are equally and fairly shared. Shared hosting servers are designed to cater such a need where all users’ data are.
Shared web hosting is simply when one server hosts multiple customers. This is the most common and cost effective option for web hosting, and something we excel at truth be told. Our shared web hosting servers are configured for maximum security and performance relative to the number of customers, and types of websites, being hosted. In other words, there’s no need to give any thought to the other websites on the same server as you; we’ve got all that handled.
What is the difference between shared hosting vs. cloud hosting?
The primary difference between shared vs. cloud hosting is that on cloud hosting the website files actually exist on multiple servers, these servers themselves are also shared so it’s kinda-sorta like having multiple, duplicate shared hosting accounts. The reason is that with shared hosting if the one server goes down, the websites become unavailable, but with cloud hosting if one server goes down then the other cloud servers ensure that the websites remain available online.
Which shared web hosting plan is right for me?
It basically works like this: if you intend to conduct eCommerce on your website, accepting credit cards and selling goods or services, then you need the Business plan. If you don’t need eCommerce functionality, but do intend to host more than one domain, then the minimum 10gb disk space should be perfect for you. If your intention is to host a single domain without eCommerce, then the 5gb plan should meet your needs. It’s really just those determine the best plan for you.
What is a Domain Name and What is a TLD Domain?
A domain name is your unique internet identity that is used by the public to locate and communicated with you in cyberspace. It is formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS), your registered domain name will be registered in the global DNS accessible all around the world.
A top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domain names that is at the highest level in the hierarchical DNS, it is not bind to any country and is registered under the global records at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Why Choose Top Level Domain Domain?
Top Level Domain (TLD) extensions such as .com, .net, .biz, .org or others are a popular choice, none binding to any specific country, does not require supporting documents to register, no keyword restriction, has a shorter domain extension & it cost less when compared to country code domain extensions. It comes with build-in DNS management tools and optional domain privacy protection can be add-on if needed.
What is: Bandwidth
Bandwidth in website hosting is the amount of data your website can transfer to your users in a given amount of time. Typically bandwidth is calculated and sold by Gigabytes (GB), but some web hosting companies may offer “unlimited bandwidth”. We’ll discuss more on that later.
The easiest way to understand how bandwidth works is to think of it as a diameter of the pipe.
A large pipe can deliver more water at one time than a small pipe. That’s because a larger pipe has more capacity to do so. In the same way, having more bandwidth means that more website data can be moved at one time.
Why Is Bandwidth Important?
The amount of bandwidth you have determines how quickly your website can deliver content to your visitors during peak traffic times. It is a vital part of growing your audience and increasing your sales.
Higher bandwidths allow website owners to have more dynamic features and content on their websites which can be more appealing to their visitors.
How Can I Check My Bandwidth?
As a website owner, you can easily check your bandwidth by logging into your WordPress hosting account’s dashboard.
In the control panel, you need to look for a section that allows you to view your site’s resource activity. This will look slightly different for each host. Some web hosts make this easy by displaying an icon or link, so you can see how much bandwidth your site is using.
Here’s an example of what it looks like in Bluehost control panel:
What Is Unlimited Bandwidth?
Just like there’s no such thing as unlimited storage space on a server, there’s no such thing as unlimited bandwidth.
You’ll often see various shared web hosting companies offering unlimited bandwidth, domains, or disk space. This is a bit misleading because every web hosting provider has bandwidth limits on the packages they offer.
So, why do web hosts advertise “unlimited bandwidth”? That’s because they know that, under normal circumstances, the sites on a shared server will never use up all the available bandwidth.
Instead of educating non-techy website owners about bandwidth and having them decide on bandwidth needs, hosting companies find its easier to just say “unlimited bandwidth” because majority of small sites will never exceed the limit.
Not to mention, unlimited bandwidth sounds like a great deal. But what they’re not telling you is that there are limits on how much of the server’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) your site can use.
If your site exceeds these limits, then a web host can temporarily shut down your site during a spike in requests, and they can also ask you to upgrade to a higher plan.
When you’re shopping for a web host, you want to pay close attention to those who offer unlimited bandwidth. Its wise to ask about their policies on CPU usage and what they’ll do if there is a spike in traffic.
What is the difference between a cloud, VPS?
A VPS is a virtual environment on a dedicated server, through hardware hypervisors multiple virtual machines (VMs) can be created with an allocation of the dedicated servers hardware. The benefit of this over a dedicated server is that it keeps the cost down and you can get resources closer to what you need. In addition to this you can expand the server with little more than a restart needed rather than lengthy downtime.
A cloud server is a cluster of dedicated servers with VMs spread across them multiple times. This gives you all of the benefits of the VPS but with the assurance that a failure that may take a dedicated or VPS offline, such as disk, RAM, CPU or motherboard failure, will not take our Cloud platform offline.
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