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Cloud Hosting Vs WordPress Hosting – Which Is Better?

When it comes to owning a website, where to host it can be very confusing and so it’s important to do a little research to make sure you get it right. In this article, we’ll be focusing on just two of the main types of web hosting, cloud, and WordPress, so that you can clearly see the pros and cons of both types and can choose the one that is right for your business.

What is cloud and WordPress hosting?

To begin with, let’s take a closer look at exactly what cloud and WordPress hosting are.

Cloud hosting

Cloud hosting is a relatively new concept and simply means virtual hosting and is where your website is virtually hosted across several different servers. Because cloud hosting spans across a number of servers, it means that your website is able to tap into resources from more than one location, which can be helpful if you are going to experience heavy traffic. Another reason why cloud hosting is growing in popularity is that it is easily scalable, making it easy for growing businesses to grow their websites too.

WordPress hosting

WordPress hosting is a much more old-school style of hosting and is reserved exclusively for WordPress sites. This is because WordPress hosting is specifically designed to make managing a WordPress website as easy as possible and so doesn’t work so well with other sites. There are two different types of WordPress hosting, shared and managed, with shared hosting being the cheaper and more basic option and managed reserved for those sites that need a full hosting package.

WordPress-cloud hosting

Although this post will focus primarily on the similarities and differences between WordPress and cloud hosting, it’s important to note that a third option is available – WordPress cloud hosting, which is a combination of both. To find out more about this style of hosting check out the Hostgator WordPress hosting review.

What are the main differences?

Immediately, it’s clear to see that there are some significant differences between cloud and WordPress hosting but the main differences are the cost, scalability, performance, and security.

Cost

Although you’ll be able to find a variety of pricing plans for both Cloud and WordPress hosting, in general, cloud hosting wins as the more affordable alternative. This is because with cloud hosting you only pay for the resources you use, which means if you have a small site that uses few resources you can host it very cheaply. The downside of this is that sometimes it can be difficult to know how much your monthly hosting bill will be, as it depends on your traffic and resource use.

Scalability

For growing businesses, scalability is another important factor to consider and cloud hosting wins once again. Cloud hosting is extremely versatile and can pull resources from different servers as and when you need them. If your needs change from month to month this makes it easy to ensure that your site can handle the new traffic without the need to formally upgrade.  WordPress hosting, on the other hand, can only be upgraded from shared to managed and there remain limitations to both.

Performance

When it comes to performance, which hosting is better really depends on whether you want to run a WordPress site or not. WordPress hosting is designed to run a WordPress site and has some nifty included features to ensure that your webpage stays up and running the way it should be for your visitors. That being said, cloud hosting is still a great option for those on WordPress simply because of the capability to source resources from multiple servers.

Security

And finally, when it comes to the security of sensitive data, a managed WordPress plan is the best way to go. Managed WordPress hosting includes a range of personalized security options automated backups and regular updates that help to keep your data safe,

So which should you choose?

Clearly there are pros and cons to both cloud and WordPress hosting, but which is right for you? Obviously, if you are using any other self-hosted platform to build your website other than WordPress, then cloud hosting is the only option for you. But if you do have a WordPress website then the deciding factors will be how much scalability you want and how much input you want to have with the setup and ongoing maintenance. For an easily scalable hosting plan, then cloud hosting is the way to go every time, but for a hassle-free setup with ongoing maintenance included, then WordPress hosting is the one for you.

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