Web Hosting VS Cloud Hosting

Feb 1, 2019
Web Hosting VS Cloud Hosting

To start with it’s good to know that there are common things between regular web hosting and cloud hosting, as both needs hosting provider, both servers and you can upload your website to both. As far as I know, that’s it, so we are done with similarities, now let’s talk about differences.

What Is Web Hosting?

Well to put it in the easiest way, it's where you are storing your website files online. Web hosting providers or what we call service providers to share major data centers all over the world for users to store their website files, code pages, images, videos, audio files and any other needed files on it. when you type down the website name in the URL bar in your browser, the domain IP calls the storage, retrieve the data from it and show it on your screen.

Check this other blog for more information about What is Web Hosting?

What is cloud hosting?

If having a regular web hosting can mean having a server (or shared server in most of the cases), having a cloud host for your website is having a cluster of a server. This will make moving your website files easier to a new location when there is a need.
In more technical explanation, according to Wikipedia “Cloud computing (hosting) is shared pools of configurable computer system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet. Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a public utility”.

Features of Shared Web Hosting VS Cloud

Too much tech information?! What selecting one of those options rather than the other will provide me with?


Web Hosting security is related to database and coding, this makes it a bit more vulnerable to hacks. If a hacking attempt succeeded in accessing to the host server it is way easier to go to hack the rest of the host on the same server!

While in Could Hosting security is effective only if the correct defensive implementations are in place. there are many types of controls behind a cloud security architecture, they can usually be found in one of the following categories

  • Deterrent controls: to reduce attacks on a cloud system.
  • Preventative controls: to strengthen the system against incidents, generally by reducing if not actually eliminating vulnerabilities.
  • Detective controls: to detect and react appropriately to any incidents that occur.
  • Corrective controls: to reduce the consequences of an incident, normally by limiting the damage.


in Web Hosting the resources are a limiting factor in this option even with a custom built servers and SSD servers, that will affect speed. One additional downside that you may face is the downtime which is not really common if you are using the services of a well-known service provider although it is still there.

While in Cloud Hosting you are expecting an ultra-fast, auto scalable and customizable platform. In fact, cloud hosting is the recommended thing for sites that experience height traffic.


You can see easily that Web Hosting is a cheaper option. Due to the shared hosting, the fees are also shared between all websites on this server. You can pay for it yearly and even monthly in many cases and the longer period you register the server the cheaper it gets.

While for Cloud Hosting cost will be based on how you build your infrastructure. So it depends on you in the first place but still, most of the users pay for many services that they don’t use it often or even don’t use it at all in some cases!
You need to keep an eye on what apps you have one your cloud otherwise you may get a really big bill!

How to Choose the Best Hosting Option for Your Needs?

So at the end when it comes to the time of deciding which one to go with Cloud hosting or web hosting think about what you need more in your hosting.
Is it a high traffic website with zero tolerance of downtime, if that your case, you should think seriously about good cloudings such as AWS or Google Clouds. On the other hand, if your target is to get your website up and running as soon as possible with quite a reasonable price you can check our hosting packages select the best that suits your needs and have your website up and running by the time your next cup of coffee is done.

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Much more to cover about cloud storage which we’ll do soon, contact us and let us know what you think.