When it comes to WordPress hosting, most bloggers and hosting review sites will recommend shared hosting and managed WordPress hosting solutions.
Shared Vs Managed WordPress Hosting
Before diving into cloud WordPress hosting, let’s understand some differences between a shared hosting and a managed WordPress hosting.
Shared WordPress Hosting will not give you the full power of WordPress and often times the site loading speed will be very slow. And shared hosting plans are comparatively low priced. Once such good example is Bluehost Hosting, which offers WordPress hosting for as low as $3.95/month. This hosting is ideal for low traffic and less mission critical WordPress blogs and websites.
Then you have managed WordPress hosting, where you will get WordPress hosting on well-optimized servers. The hosting provider will take care of security, DDoS attacks, best in class caching and great backend servers fo your hosting. One such example is WpEngine Managed WordPress Hosting. It will cost $200/month. This hosting will be used by mission critical WordPress blogs and websites which need 100% uptime and blazing fast loading times.
Now let’s understand what is cloud WordPress hosting.
Cloud computing and virtualization has taken the hosting world by storm. Getting a dedicated server became a self-service model, where you can create and destroy servers on your own will with pay per hour model. You don’t have to worry about any upfront cost. If you use the server for 4 hours, you will be billed only for 4 hours. The main advantage of this model is that you can have dev and staging servers of your website. You can start the servers when needed and stop it when not needed. So that you will be charged only when the server is running.
Other few attractive features of cloud-based servers are,
- The capacity of the server can be increased any time (CPU, Memory, and Storage).
- You can backup the entire server with all your data on day to day basis with very less cost. And each backup will be incremental, which means, you will be not be charged for every backup. Rather you will be charged for the amount of data you have.
- You can also get managed database servers which are highly available and will have 100% uptime.
- Cheap cloud storage for saving your website files.
Once classic example for a cloud computing service is Amazon Web Services also known as AWS. It is the granddaddy of cloud computing. You can have a data center (Networking, Firewall, Servers, and Storage) of your own on AWS.
Benefits Of Hosting WordPress on Cloud
The first thing you should understand when it comes to cloud WordPress hosting, it that, you will have to manage the installation, security and other configuration of WordPress on your own. So if you don’t have the understanding of Linux server configurations, it’s better to go for a managed WordPress hosting or hire a good freelancer for setup.
Here are the benefits of hosting WordPress on the cloud.
- You will have full control on the server.
- If you configure the server right, your WordPress website will have a blazing fast loading time and can handle millions of requests. A $15/month server can handle 10 million requests a day.
- Very cheap compared to managed WordPress hosting solutions.
- Very good server backup management.
- Multilevel firewall capabilities.
- Horizontal and vertical server scaling capabilities.
Complete WordPress Cloud Hosting Tutorial
In this blog series, I will be covering all the essential tutorials for hosting a WordPress blog or website on Amazon Web Services.
Following are the list of topics that will be covered.
- Creating and connecting to an AWS Virtual Server (ec2).
- Installing and configuring multiple WordPress sites on the virtual server.
- Setting up daily backups for the server and WordPress contents.
- Setting up CloudFront CDN for static WordPressss assets.
- Setting up Cloudflare for DNS and DDoS protection.
- Setting up SSL using Cloudflare.
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