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5 key Differences between Cloud Hosting & VPS Hosting

The environment of a VPS is exactly same as the Cloud.  You get a VPS and configure it as per your requirement.  Similarly, a Cloud hosting is a virtual dedicated server which can be configured the way client wants. But the major difference is in the scalability option & the platform of the cloud. Let’s understand how cloud is different than a Virtual Private server or VPS .

cloud vs vps hosting

First thing to understand, A Cloud server can be called as a VPS server but a VPS is not a cloud server. 

Confused? Below are some solid points where Cloud and VPS hosting have a major difference. Let's investigate it further.

1. Infrastructure

In a VPS hosting, one dedicated server (suppose a dedicated server with 64 GB RAM and resources) is partitioned into multiple servers. All these partitions are virtualized further and each of them work as a dedicated server, hence called Virtual dedicated server or VDS or VPS.

But in a Cloud hosting, we rent a small portion of a Big network of machines connected together. (Talking about public cloud) A giant setup of machines that offer resources are connected together and then they are further rented to clients.  You can always scale up your resources as per your requirements and it will be done in a few minutes of clicks.

2. Availability

In a VPS server, if a machine or part of the machine fails, your VPS will go down causing downtime till the problem is fixed but in case of Cloud server, as soon as any of the machine part get broken, the system is routed to another available physical resource causing minimum downtime.

3. Payment Model

Depending upon the virtualization method used, A VPS can offer you only one operating System. But in a cloud, you get the freedom to choose any operating system you want. You can install or replace any operating system from a range of OS available.

In a Cloud, things are pretty fast. Every server slot is available and is always ready to be served in seconds. But in a VPS, it takes time to virtualized a dedicated server and then allot VPS slices to the client. That is the reason Cloud uses optimum resources as anyone can occupy any slice by making its payment. But in a VPS, you are not sure when all slots will be sold. Your resources might not be utilized well if you are hosting only one client on a parent server.

4. Resource distribution

In a Cloud environment, you are totally separated from others. You will be getting dedicated resources of what you have been told. But In a VPS, you get a virtual environment with portioned disk space & certain bandwidth, however the CPU & the memory of the parent machine is equally distributed among all VPS slices. VPS companies offer you a minimum allocation of resources that is guaranteed 24/

For example, just because a VPS package claims to offer 1 GHz of CPU performance and 512 MB of memory, does not necessarily mean that either the memory or CPU allocation is not split into multiple slices.

Also, In a cloud, a client is completely isolated from the files of other client, it is more secure than VPS hosting.

5. Choice of Operating system

In a VPS hosting, you can only get a certain number of Operating system to chose from, depending upon the Virtualization method used on the parent server. However,, a Cloud hosting is an example of IaaS where you have the freedom to chose any Operative system template.

Cloud Hosting vs VPS Hosting

The following tabular comparison between Cloud hosting and VPS hosting will present a more clear picture of these two hosting models

 

Features

 Cloud Hosting

 VPS Hosting

Scalable

Yes

No

Payment Model

Pay as you use

Monthly or Yearly

Resource Upgrade

Instant

Takes time (Limited)

Choice of Infrastructure

Available

Not possible

CPU & RAM

Completely isolated

Shared among all slices

Overall Cost

Cheaper on Public Cloud but costly on Private cloud

Relatively cheaper than private cloud

Choice of Operating System

Can chose any OS

Only one OS depending upon the parent server VM

Examples

Amazon AWS, Digital Ocean

Bigrock VPS, Hostgator VPS

 

Which is better?

There are multiple parameters to consider while chosing the best. If you are chosing a Private Cloud then VPS will be cheaper for you. But in this case, you will get limited features of VPS and security risk as private cloud is way more secure.

Also If you chose to host your files on Public Cloud (DigitalOcean,Linode etc), it is relatively cheaper but less secure than Private cloud.. But as compared to the VPS, Pubic Cloud hosting has the edge and that is why it is getting popular everyday.

In a Cloud hosting, you get relatively cheaper price, secure environment and freedom of resource scaling. What else do you need.

 

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How to verify if a server is actually a dedicated server not a VPS

This happened with one of my friend who lives in India. He purchases a dedicated server with the following configuration

  • E5-2620  4GB RAM
  • 2TB Hard Disk
  • Unmetered Bandwidth @ 1Mbps port

He paid the price for a dedicated server but the performance was not upto the mark as an E5 2620 is a very powerful server, things seems fishy and he asked me to check he has been tricked for a poor quality server. 

When I checked, everything was ok. The CPU information along with RAM size was clearly shown. Nothing suspecious but one difference I spotted viz the cPanel. The branding logo on cPanel (WHM) was showing cPanel optimized which indicates that a VPS license is being used (In a dedicated server license, it shows cPanel accelarated).

How can a VPS license is being used on a dedicated server? I asked the cPanel support staff. 

Officers at cPanel informed me that the server is actually a VPS, not a dedicated and that was a point where we all had a lesson.

Now, the question arises, How to verify if your server is actually a dedicated server but not a VPS. What if you don't have a cPanel? How to verify it from terminal?

How to check if the server is dedicated or VPS

There are multiple methods of doing that. 

1. Partitioning: A VPS server is already a Virtualized server which has been partitioned. You can not make another partition in a VPS server. This can only be done with a dedicated server.

2. Terminal methods

If you are virtualized under OpenVZ or Virtuozzo the file /proc/user_beancounters will exist. Run the following code

cat /proc/user_beancounters

If that file exists, you are on an OpenVZ VPS. 

Also look if /proc/vz or /proc/vz/veinfo exists (for OpenVZ)

or /proc/sys/xen, /sys/bus/xen or /proc/xen (for Xen)

Check if /proc/self/status has an s_context or VxID field.

If one of these file exists, then you have a VPS

 

2.b Hit this command grep 'model name' /proc/cpuinfo and If you are running under KVM you will see the following result.

 model name : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.15.0 root@nscache1a:~# dmidecode -t system | grep Manufac Manufacturer: Bochs root# grep QEMU /proc/scsi/scsi Vendor: ATA Model: QEMU HARDDISK Rev: 0.15 Vendor: QEMU Model: QEMU DVD-ROM Rev: 0.15 

 

2.c Hit this command dmidecode -t system | grep -e Manu -e Prod if you are running under a XENCenter VPS, you will get the following result

root# dmidecode -t system | grep -e Manu -e Prod
       Manufacturer: Xen
       Product Name: HVM domU

Needless to say the easiest among these all method is to Install a cPanel and check if it shows cPanel optimised (for VPS) or cPanel Accelarated (Dedicated).  

How to differentiate between Dedicated server and shared server

Saw people raising questions about how to verify if you have a dedicated server but not a Shared server. 

Well, it is quite easy in this case to recognize. Below are a few method.

1. Reverse IP Check for Hosted Sites

You can make a reverse IP check for all sites on that server along with yours. Open myip.ms and put your domain name and make a search. it will show you all the sites sharing your IP.

2. Root access

In a dedicated server, you always get the root access. You can make a root login to your dedicated server via SSH. But in a shared server SSH username will anything but not root. 

3. Terminal

Login via terminal and hit the follwing command

cd /home | ls

It will show you the list of accounts created on the server and are being hosted. You can easily find if you are not alone on the server.

4. WHM

You can always check it almost instantly by logging yourself in via WHM and see the list of accounts. If you are in doubt between dedicated server and a reseller hosting, try exploring the features.  In a reseller hosting, you won't get all the features of WHM, such as restarting the server, apache configuration etc.

I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you still find difculties at any step.

Feel free to add your knowledge of corrections in this article via comment box.

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$13 only for cPanel License-Super Cheap cPanel License Coupon Codes

Purchasing a cPanel license for a VPS or dedicated server generally costs you $15 & $35 respectively which often makes us think about the free alternatives of cPanel but you can also use promo codes while purchasing a license from BuycPanel.com. Make a quick note that purchasing cPanel from official website (cPanel.net) will cost you $20 which is way too costly, thats why one should prefer buying a license from its distributors which is cheaper.

Most of the web hosting companies offer internal cPanel license at just $10 but if you are not fortunately enought to get on that price, you can always buy a license at $13 from buycpanel.com using the following promo code.

  • whtvps13 Get cPanel VPS license at $13 only, Click here
  • goog13xtra Get VPS license at $13.95 plus a free WHM Xtra license.

Cheap cPanel license for dedicated server

There is a difference of price between cPanel license for a VPS and a dedicated server. It cost you only 15 USD for a VPS but a dedicated server license will cost you $35.  Again the same dedicated server license at cPanel official website costs you $45.

  • goog31xtra– Get a dedicated server cPanel license at 31.95$ only- Click here to buy

How to save over $20 on cPanel dedicated server license

There is a simple method. Just virtualize the whole dedicated server and buy yourself a cPanel VPS license instead. 

Suppose you have a dedicated server with 8GB RAM. All you need is to virtualize the whole server into one VPS node of 8GB RAM. Now it is a VPS of 8GB RAM so that qualifies you to use a VPS license on the server instead of dedicated one.

Note: A 15 days free trail is offered by cPanel Inc after a fresh installation. Make sure you get the benefit of that trail period. Many webmasters use the trail period to setup the web server as one donot require to access cPanel very often. 

 
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Top 5 Free cPanel Open source alternatives for Linux Users

If you have ever purchase a VPS or dedicated server for yourself or your client, You must be aware of cPanel which is an awesome file management tool with powerful features. It gives you the abilitiy to perform all the complex server operations with an easy workable UI.

But the only sad part with cPanel is its cost. Spending $13 monthly for cPanel license makes us think of its alternatives. Some free alternatives of cPanel that could be used on server to do the required jobs in order to make a website online.

I have used VPSs from leading cloud company that includes DigitalOcean, Bluehost and even inmotion hosting but Imagine the painful situation where I have to pay $13 to manage my vps which costs only $10.

There are many open source projects on cPanel alternatives but either they have security issues or broken. Most of them are either closed projects with no support or documentation. 

Chosing the right Panel among these is totally subjective based on your requirements. Either you want to host a PHP based script or a wordpress blog or want to run a hosting business backed by these cPanel alternatives, you need to be careful about the features of each panel. 

I have mentioned some of the best panels along with their features and pros/cons. You can visit the documentation page to discover more about it.

Free cPanel Alternatives

1. Sentora (previously zPanel)

  • Project website: http://www.sentora.org/
  • Documentation: http://docs.sentora.org/?node=23
  • Panel Demo: Not available
  • Pros: Brandable, reselling features for SM businesses, Package allotment, multi client environment, modules for more awesomeness
  • Cons: Inactive supportcommunity

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By the end of 2015 I was using zPanel as a cPanel alternative without any issues but recently they discontinued support (maybe the project was abandoned). Sentora is built from the ashes of zPanel by the core developers of zPanel. Released under the GPLv3, Sentora is the perfect choice for the most small to medium ISPs looking for a cost effective, extendable platform.

2. Froxlor

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3. ServerPilot.io

  • Project website: https://www.serverpilot.io
  • Documentation: https://serverpilot.io/community/
  • Panel Demo: Not available
  • Features: PTR, rDNS setup,WP, Magnto app installation, support on Nginx, LAMP installed
  • Pros: Works well with DigitalOcean servers, automated updates, Firewall, Easy UI, Well documented 
  • Cons: Needs technical knowledge to operate, lacks file manager (use filezilla), no option for resellers

Serverpilot is a wonderful panel to manage your server. Built specially for PHP, wordpress websites, it works smoothly on cloud and is regularly updated. Special concerned have been given on security. sad part is, you need some expertise to operate this. If you are completely dependent on cPanel, avoid serverpilot. Also, Unlike WHM (web host manager),there is no provision for reselling of server, it is built only for private server management.

4. ISPConfig

IspConfig is one of the most popular hosting control panel with an easy to use layout. It is anauthentic control panel with all the features one would require. 

5. Ajenti

  • Project website: http://ajenti.org/
  • Documentation: http://docs1.ajenti.org/en/latest/
  • Panel Demo: N/A
  • Features: Support debian, Ubuntu, redhat,centos & FreeBSD, Nginx & Apache support, DNS management UI, File manager, Firewall security
  • Cons: Doesn't support reselling 

Ajenti with an attractive UI has all the features one would ask from a control panel to host a website.Although it lacks server reselling module but if you just want to host your own websites, this is one of the best panel for you.

6. VestaCP

VestaCP has a clean layout along with an easy to operate UI. Some parts of its website are outdated/broken which affects my trust on the community.It has a file manager with awesome UI. 

7. Virtualmin/Webmin

Virtualmin is built on top of, and integrated with, Webmin. Webmin is the world's most popular Linux/UNIX systems management UI, with over three million downloads per year.

Next time you deploy a VPS or a dedicated server, consider using a free altertive of cPanel in order to save some bucks.

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Need a Free VPS for educational purpose, try these hosting solutions

If you are a student or a researcher and you require a Virtual Private server to host your script for educational purpose, there are many good companies offering you free VPS hosting. Some require credit card information, some ask you to verify yourself as a student but the good thing is, you get a free VPS to do your work. However there are some special programs running at major companies for students and educators. All you need is to prove yourself as one.

1. GitHub Student Developer Pack

A wonderful facility from a wonderful community. GitHub student pack offers you free promo codes that you can apply to avail great discounts for hosting. They have partnered Digitalocean, Microsoft Azure cloud, Amazon AWS educate program. Once you get the promo, you can get the VPS for absolutely free for a few months. 

  • You get $100 DigitalOcean Credit for Cloud hosting

Keep in mind that you will have to provide them your school issued email ID and school must be a recognized school.

2. Amazon AWS Educate Program

Amazon educate program is for both educators and students. Here you get discount coupons along with access to multiple helpful features of amazon lab.

For Educators

  • 200 in AWS credits per educator – at member institutions
  • $75 in AWS credits per educator – at non-member institutions

For Students

  • $100 in AWS credits per student – at member institutions
  • $35 in AWS credits per student – at non-member institutions

3. Microsoft Azure for Education

They offer $200 free credit to use while running linux or windows virtual machines on cloud for educational purpose.

Student and faculty both get free credit by applying through a simple application form on the website. Needless to say, you need to verify yourself as an educator or student.

There are many other web hosting companies with certain offers for Students for free hosting but these were the top 3. If you are not an student but still want hosting, you can try these companies who offer Free VPS hosting without asking your credit card information. 

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Free Linux VPS Hosting Companies without using a Credit Card

Update: Some serious allegations have been made on 5jelly. Multiple reviews suggest that 5Jelly is unprofessional and not helpful. Avoid .

Are there any VPS hosting companies who provide free linux hosting without asking your credit card or payment information? Upon further study there were many companies found offering VPS hosting either on trail or for free. Some charge you by imposing hidden charges, some use ads to generate revenue but very few were actually offering free VPS hosting. Below is the summation for you if you require a free VPS server with root access without paying a single penny.

VPS Companies that Offer Free Trail without Credit card

Almost every professional company offers a trail of their VPS hosting but most of them ask your credit card information. Here we have listed VPS companies who offer absolutely free vps trail without asking your Credit/debit card information. Needless to say, you need to pay for their services after  the trail peroid ends.

1. Linode

Reknown Linux VPS Hosting company that offers free trail for only 4 hours. They have servers at multiple locations delivering top most quality. Linode is one of the best VPS provider. You can get a free node on trail by just signing up with your name and email ID. The best thing about Linode is that you just signup and get a free linode online. No questions, no hassle, a totally smooth process.

  • Feature: Linux VPS Nodes, Quick setup within a minute
  • Duration: Only 4 Hours

2. Cloudsigma

A professional VPS provider offering 7 days of free VPS trail. The whole signup process is easy and takes only 2 minutes with your name and email details.  No credit card required. Their support team was found quite active even on trail VPSs.

  • Features: Active support team, Instant setup
  • Duration: 7 days

3. AccuwebHosting

Accuwebhosting is an Australian web hosting company selling both windows and linux web hosting. They also offer a 30 days free trail for their VPS without asking any details of your credit card.

  • Features- Linux or Windows VPS Hosting
  • Duration : First 30 days absolutely Free, No Credit card required

Note: They no longer provide Linux VPS, They are offering only free windows VPSs.

3. Elastichosts

They also offer a free trail of their VPS server. Every free trial comes with 2000 core-MHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB HDD and 5GB SSD. The trial period lasts 5 days. Fill the form and you are given a VPS node to play with.

  • Features: 2GB Free RAM on trail
  • Duration: 5 Days

4.Atum

Although their process is bit slow along with their support but they offer 15 days free trail of their VPS server. All you need is to fill the signup form and wait for the root details to arrive in your inbox.

  • Features: Free: VPS node
  • Duration of Trail:  15 Days

Lifetime Free Linux VPS-No Ads, No hidden fee, No credit card required

Providing Lifetime supply of VPS server without any cost or any hidden fee is almost impossible but still some companies are doing their best to meet expectations. Here we have listed those company who offer free VPS hosting for lifetime without asking your credit card information or any kind of hidden agreement.

1. 5Jelly 

5Jelly is the only company that looks promising about their free VPS Hosting.They provide you lifetime free vps with 20GB Storage, 1GB RAM and 2.4 GHz processor. Athought their chat system was found dead.

Features: 20 GB Space, 1 GB RAM
Duration: Lifetime Free

2. gratisvps

They also claim to provide 6 month free VPS server but their website was found broken. Enough said.

All other vendors who calim to provide free vps were found either fraud or redirecting to other websites. I would recommmend you to avoid them.

Note: This list is updated monthly. Feel free to add your company if you find yourself eligible

Things to consider before you signup for a Free VPS

Here are a few questions you must ask before you opt for a free VPS provider.

Your data is important

Always keep an evaluation of your data. How important is your data as compared to the 5 dollar saving you are making per month by opting Free VPS. What if they lose your data or how reliable the host is when it comes to data security.

Internet is full of Frauds

A VPS is a private server with assigned resources, giving it for free is a costly job. There are many websites running on the name f Free VPS but will trap you in a loop and finally you will end up either wasting your time or some money by buying a useless product. Always avoid that. The purpose of this Free VPS vendors list is to aware you abuot the legitimate Free VPS Hosting providers.

Are you actually getting a VPS?

In multiple cases, client makes a signup for VPS but they provide you a shared server which is useless if you require root access. Always ask for root details when you are willing to use a VPS.

Helpful Notes

  • Always hit the chat button to see how the support is responding.
  • Check the authority of the website before you signup there.
  • If the website is redirecting you from domain a to domains b, you won’t get anything free there.
  • Always ask about the duration of Free VPS, Any hidden charges or if they will be displaying ads on your sites or any such legalities.
  • Ask for root details of your VPS. If it is a VPS, they must give you the root access.

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How to decide the best Cloud Hosting Provider

 When things are changing fast, you don't want to be one lagging behind. Cloud Computing is the future and almost every company is moving its business on the cloud. 

When it comes to hosting files, apps, websites or data on cloud, you need to make a wise deicion of chosing an affordable cloud host that satisfies all your needs. If you are a startup or a small-medium company, you focus more on cost cutting but at the same time data security is important too. There are some parameters you should keep in mind while deicing the best cloud host for your business.

Before you chose a VPS Cloud Hosting Company

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Below are some important points that you should consider before deciding a cloud hosting company for your business. Addtionally some quick notes have also been written to help you find the best cloud host.

1. Data security

First thing first. Your data is important and you must look for the provisions they have for the security of your data.

  • Do they offer free or paid backup service.
  • What will happen in case of a crash.
  • What if they lose your data.
  • How secure is your data center from natural clamities and man made hacks.
  • How secure is your credit card information with them

These are some genuine questions you may ask to sales chat before your next step. Addtiionally you may ask them if they have any certifications to satisfy your quest. (such as PCI complaince for payments)

2. Technical support & server management

If you are going to host a website on cloud, you need to be very concerned about the tech support.

I remember a case where a friend of mine had hosted his wordpress blog on a cPanel powered cloud. Just a minor glitch with apache config file became a nightmare as the host surrendered to provide any support on cPanel. They will ready to assist if he could explain the exact problem but the vendor had no idea of wordpress or cPanel so they refused and he ended up changing his host. (Always ask the provider about how deep they will support you, ask if you will get managed or unmanaged cloud)

Also try to ask what methods of support they provide. Email or Chat or ticketing support. Also the working hours, if they work 24*7 or if they keep weekends off. Believe me, this is very crucial when you get stuck and need an emergency help.

3. Datacenter & Server locations

Always ask the location of the datacenter. Multiple location gives you the freedom to chose the nearest server that gives you additional benefits of data processing speed.

Also ask your vendor about the security of data center against natural disasters and facilities to protect the DC from digital theieves.

Another important question about the server location is the complaince of the local government. Ask if the local government has no issues with the content you are going to host. (Suppose you are running a gambling website and the local govt policies are against it, it can create big trouble for you). The best answer to this concern is SSAE 16 certification which assures the security of your data

4. Pricing model

Cloud has an addtional benefit of pay as you use model. You pay for what you actually use. Traditional hosting comes up with agreement or SLA where you have to pay annually or monthly but cloud has an edge where you can pay hourly.

Always ask your cloud hosting provider if they offer such model. hourly billing is beneficial when you want to use the cloud for a few days. You just pay the bill accordingly instead of the whole monthly payment.

5. Reviews & reputation

The best way to recognize a company is by its reputation. You can search ther reviews of the company at various online forums. (make sure the reviews are not older than 1 year).

Focus more on negative review and try to understand the seriousness of the review. Analyze how serious is the most negative review about the vendor.

Also Check- Top 5 Cloud Hosting companies for WordPress

Addtional Notes to consider

  • Always prefer a company which offers trail of its product. start the trail and first of all check their support and observe how they respond. Take your final decision accordingly.
  • Ask for a dedicated IP and always perform a blacklist check to see if your IP has not been blacklisted (check here)
  • Pay atleast 5 minutes reading the data center where you are going to be hosted. It should be secure and atleast Tear 3+.
  • Always ask the renewal price, web hosts often catch customers by introducing low first month prices that goes straight up next month.
  • Pre-purchase verification of credit card or your name verification might seems time consuming but take them in positive way. If a company is doing that, they are serious about business.
  • If the host is asking further about the kind of your business and the files you are going to host on the server, it is a positive sign. Coordinate them well.
  • Check their client database, to whom they have served and who recommends them. A company is recognized by their client base
  • Never ever ever purchase any service from resellers. There are many companies in market who only resel products of a certain cloud company. They are immature, inexperienced and greedy. Most of the time, you end up wasting your money & data. 
 
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Best Cloud Hosting Companies for WordPress

Cloud has become the most astonishing term in web hosting. Cost effectiveness and ease of operations has made cloud the first choice for hosting websites. We already have written a guide expaining the deciding factors for a Cloud hosting.

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Web hosting industry is witnessing a major jump in cloud industry. PaaS & IaaS companies are investing heavily into cloud computing for small & medium business.

As you already know Why Cloud is better than traditional hosting. Choosing the best cloud hosting company for your WordPress blog becomes crucial.

Top 5 Cloud Hosting for WordPress

Talking about WordPress which is a php-mysql based cms, here we have listed best cloud hosting companies for WordPress. Considering price, support, value for money as factors, here are the top 5 cloud hosting solutions for your wordpress blog.

1. Bluehost Cloud Hosting

Recently launched Bluehost cloud hosting plans starts from $5.99 only(promotional price, renewals @ $9.99) that offers 2GB RAM & 2 CPU cores. Undoubtedly they're way more cheap. Great thing is, all plans are full managed and you get free cPanel for file management.

bluehost cloud hosting pricing

Pros:

  • Cheapest among all
  • Integrated caching for better performance of wordpress,
  • Varnish caching
  • Global CDN
  • Free cPanel file management
  • Completely managed servers

    Cons:

  • Inexperienced in Cloud
  • Monthly billing instead of hourly
  • You can't chose server location

2. DigitalOcean SSD Cloud Hosting

Digitalocean is the leader of Cloud hosting and the quality of their product is beyond awesome. If you are a technical person with knowledge of the subject, you will fall in love with them. Their support documentation & extremely qualified community doubles the fun. But at the same time, things will be awful if your area of expertise is not same.

I strongly advise you to avoid digital ocean if you don't know anything about web hosting.

digitalocean cloud price

Pros:

  • Pay as you go model
  • $10 free credit
  • Hourly billing
  • Extremely cheap
  • Fast SSD servers
  • Benefit of geo-location

    Cons: 

  • Requires technical knowledge,
  • You won't get support on WordPress issues.
  • You handle the website migration process

3. Linode Cloud Hosting

Linode is much similar to Digital Ocean but more experienced. Although they are costlier than DigitalOcean but the features & business model are almost same.

linode cloud pricing

Pros:

  • Hourly billing model
  • SSD powered
  • Choice of server location
  • Reliable uptime history
  • 7 days free trail

Cons:

  • Relatively costly
  • Requires technical knowledge as they provide unmanaged servers
  • NO support on website transfer

 

4. VPS.net Cloud WordPress Hosting

They have customized plans for WordPress hosting on cloud. Personally I have used VPS.net services and loved its performance. The WordPress cloud droplets are bit costly ($5 more) but they claim to have been pre-customized with services like w3t cache.

vpsnet wordpress cloud pricing

Pros:

  • Multiple server locations
  • Customized for wordpress
  • Option to add more storage

Cons:

  • Extremely costly ($30 for 1GB RAM)
  • Price changes according to server location
  • HDD drives

5. Site5 Cloud Hosting

Site5 offers another reliable cloud hosting solution with plans starting from $25. But there's one thing to note, they do not provide assured RAM on their cloud plans. They just use a server of 64GB RAM with 8 Cores shared equally among the users which is not a very good idea.

Another thing is the disk, they are still using HDD however, during a conversation, their representative informed me that they are replacing their HDD's with SSD.

site5 cloud pricing

Pros:

  • Fast & reliable network
  • free 30 days trail
  • professional team,
  • Instant support,
  • Free Dedicated IP
  • 45 days moneyback guarantee

cons:

  • No SSD,
  • Shared RAM,
  • Bit costly.
  • Server locations (Only in US)

Additional note: Both Bluehost & Digitalocean deserve to be on the top and it was a tough call for me to decide who is the best. But bluehost with its inbuilt cPanel feature (generally costs $10) & wordpress support (as DO doesn't provide support on wordpress, they only deal with LAMP stack) won the ranking.

Ranking parameters

As WordPress is used to host blogs and websites. It is used by small or medium organisation hence cost plays an important role. Apart of that technical support & product quality are obvious questions one would ask before buying. I have taken the following important parameters with their weight-age to rank the best wordpress cloud hosting for you.

  • 40% value to the product cost (that is why there is no mention of companies like Amazon AWS, Rackspace etc).
  • 20% to support
  • 20% to the product quality &
  • Rest 20% on value for money.
 
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What is Cloud hosting? Difference between Cloud & traditional hosting

Nowadays Cloud hosting or simply cloud is the most confusing term among normal web users. Actually, it is not that complex. Cloud hosting is the advance form of normal web hosting. It is reliable, advanced, flexible and salable as compared to traditional one because of its model (Read Cloud Computing explained).

What is Cloud Hosting?

In a Cloud hosting, we fetch required resources from a large network of computers. All kind of services, softwares, hardwares & resources are networked altogether at one place. Users can use cloud as infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) according to their needs. (You should read: What is IaaS, PaaS & SaaS & Difference among them) To understand it further, lets find what makes cloud hosting different from traditional web hosting models.

You Should know: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS are three models of Cloud Computing.

Difference between Cloud hosting & traditional hosting

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The term web hosting means providing Internet space & resources to host a website. When we are talking about rent web hosting, we are talking about web space, bandwidth, dedicated IPs & other requires server resources.

Now the model of web hosting has been changing from time to time. Be it shared hosting, VPS Hosting, Grid Hosting, Dedicated hosting & now the Cloud Hosting.

When we are talking about normal web hosting or the traditional web hosting, we mean shared or VPS or dedicated web hosting. Let's understand the difference between these & the cloud hosting.

Also read Best Cloud Hosting for WordPress

Shared Hosting/reseller Vs Cloud Hosting- In a Shared hosting, a certain server with some fix configuration is shared among a number of users. You share disk space, CPU, RAM & other resources among the other users hosted on the same server. Also the configuration (such as Operating system, RAM, CPU cloak speed etc) remains unchanged.

However a Cloud hosting is like a virtual private server in which you have the independence to chose RAM size, OS, virtualization flavor. You do not share any kind of resourced with anyone.

Virtual Private hosting vs cloud hosting: VPS hosting is much similar to cloud hosting where client gets a virtualized private server with certain resources which won't be shared with anyone else. But the difference here is the efficiency. (Read about:  Free Linux VPS hosting )

Since client is allocated a guaranteed amount of resources that can never be rerouted to other clients. This means that one client could have multiple free resources, while another is overloaded. (Some companies do offer the upgrade of your VPS resources but it takes alot more time as compared to cloud where it gets done in a few clicks) Check- Selec

Difference between Cloud server & dedicated server:  In both cases you get dedicated resources but the speed of operation is the difference. In cloud, you can upgrade yourself to a higher droplet (higher configuration) with some clicks.

However, in a dedicated server if you wish to upgrade your resourced, you need to contact your server provider, then they will take the backup, shut the server down and increase the resource (hard disk, RAM or whatever). The whole process takes hours or days in some cases.

Must read: Tip to decide the best cloud host

A cloud server is always available for you but if you just have purchased a dedicated server with certain configuration, they will take at least 2 hours to set it up and make it online.  More here

 
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What is Cloud Computing? Advantages & Disadvantages with example

What is Cloud Computing?

In computer science the term cloud relates to a network of computing devices working together to provide services. Cloud Computing means denotes a network of computing devices working altogether to produce result. There are three models of Cloud Computing. IaaS, PaaS & SaaS (Read: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS explained with examples)

Definition: The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

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As an example, In a Cloud Hosting infrastructure (which is an example of cloud computing), all the web hosting services such as ftp, mail, apache, mysql will be kept on separate servers which ensures us that the failure of one device won’t cause a system failure. The system will remain online as the failed device can easily be replaced by a fit one which obviously reduces the time and the cost.

Furthermore, as we are using a network of devices, that gives us the ability to use as much resource as we want without any downtime.

What is not cloud: Keeping files in your hard disk or a having a dedicated network attached storage (NAS) hardware or server in residence or office is not cloud.

Mythbuster: Cloud is not just a backup solution as most of us use it as. The data of most of the apps we use in daily life, store their entire data on cloud.

In Simple terms, with an online connection, cloud computing can be done anywhere, anytime.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

  • Upgrade or downgrade your package as per your requirements. You don’t need to change the whole device here. Resources are available, take as much as you need and pay for the same. No downtime or time lapse.
  • Dedicated resources- In a cloud environment, you are given dedicated resources, the system ensures that only you get the resources. Sharing of CPU or memory doesn’t happen in a Cloud environment.
  • Security benefits of Cloud- As every cloud user gets an isolated environment, this ensures the security problems will be isolated to a user only rather than spreading to others which generally happens in a shared environment. Furthermore the separate devices prevents the chances single point of failure.

If we talk in terms of hosting, a user hosted on Cloud server get all the features of a dedicated server with dedicated resources (whatever the users buys) with no sharing of resources with anyone.

Real life examples of Cloud Computing

I already have given the example of cloud computing in Cloud Hosting environment but here are some real life services based on cloud computing.

Google drive– A popular services which offers users to keep their file on their cloud server. Gone are those days when people use to keep their office files in their computer hard drive. Keeping files on Cloud makes it accessible to everyone you wish.

Apple iCloud– A services which gives user the ability to synchronize their mobile phones so they don’t need to worry about the data while changing phones. The data is stored on iCloud along with the memory of the phone. A user can access it from any location even when he/she is not having their phone/device.

There are many other day to day examples of cloud computing or cloud services which we have adopted such as Chromebook or chrome-bites. These devices have minimal space just to run the chrome OS, they connect (using the chrome browser) to the cloud and perform almost every action of yours on cloud (apps, media, storage etc).

IaaS PaaS & SaaS Comparison

Drawbacks of Cloud Computing

Despite so many advantages, there are some major flaw of cloud computing and the biggest disadvantage is its dependence on Internet.

Every single operation on cloud is based on the internet connection which is the backbone of cloud computing. Your access to data is totally dependent on the access to the internet. Downtime can be a nightmare in a cloud computing environment.

Even a slow connection can be your worst dream as all your data is on cloud and slow internet = slow access to data. This turns into a serious trouble in third world countries where we have failed to avail them an average connection speed. (Imagine the situation when a user has to wait 6 hours to download a file of 1 GB)

However I do not consider the dependability of cloud on Internet connection as a serious problem is solvable.

Bottomline: Is Cloud good or bad?

Cloud computing is undoubtedly the future. Despite its huge dependability on Internet connection, the cloud gives you a better control and accessibility to the data. The leverage on cost and lesser security issues makes cloud a better platform than the traditional one.