The term “cloud” has been thrown around the hosting industry quite a bit recently, but what does it really mean? How does cloud hosting compare to more traditional virtual server technologies? More importantly, is having your important data “in the cloud” a good thing or a bad thing? We’ll do our best to clear up any confusion you may have, while helping you decide which option best suits your particular needs.
Basically speaking, having your data “in the cloud” means that it is stored using technology that doesn’t depend on one particular hard drive or server. The idea is that if a particular component fails, the remainder of the network will compensate. This ensures that your data always remains accessible even in the event of a malfunction.
The problem with this basic description is when the term “cloud” is used to describe many other types of virtual hosting technologies, such as Virtual Private Servers (VPS). The fact is, while a VPS can be hosted in a cloud network, it is a fundamentally different technology.
Reducing the amount of time your website takes to load is a key aspect in having happy visitors. How often would you wait for a website to load? Personally, if the website is having troubles after several seconds I’ll navigate away. This is echoed by multiple studies on the importance of a fast loading store, and checkout for the customer.
According to Akamai, who is responsible for delivering upwards of 30% of all internet traffic, website speed has a high impact on customer experience:
“23 percent of dissatisfied online shoppers attributed their dissatisfaction to the web site being too slow or taking too long to load, while 57 percent of online shoppers insist on a rapid checkout process, up nearly 10 percent from three years ago.”
Choosing a web hosting package can be daunting to say the least. There are so many options from so many different providers, all offering different perks and limits. So how do you choose? We suggest these following questions to help narrow down the possibilities:
How much space does my website use?
This is one of the most important first steps you can complete. This will normally help narrow down which hosting packages can accommodate your needs. You’ll also want to account for some future growth. Are you planning on uploading a large amount of pictures, videos, or other downloadable content in a short period of time? Plan for it! This will help avoid a possible headache in the future, and even prevent a move between services.
WordPress is a great free tool that is available for free through Softaculous on all of our shared servers. You can also manually download this script from the main WordPress website, and install it manually.
Setting up a WordPress install and a theme is fairly easy. The trick with WordPress is regular maintenance. WordPress is NOT a “set it and forget it” script that you can leave untouched once installed. We suggest checking in on it at least once a week.
We have several suggestions on how to keep your WordPress running fast and safe.
The number of different SSL providers and offerings can be confusing. Where do you even start? This blog post will help clearly define what the differences are between SSL certificates, and help you make an informed choice for your website.
First, let’s clear up a common misconception:
Is a $100 SSL certificate always more secure than a $50 one?
So what is the difference?