Managing a blog or an online service/business might seem a simple task from the content management perspective. However, there are things that happen in the technical backend that will affect your blog. Hosting is an important part of every website or online business. Don’t be tempted to think that hosting quality will not affect a simple website such as a blog. The reliability of the web host can cause downtimes, making your page unreachable for your followers or eventual client, which is bad for business and online image.
Shared Hosting – Sharing Is Not Caring
The main problem with downtime is generated not by the internet connections but by the server itself. Imagine what happens when your blog shares hosting with an e-commerce store or a streaming website. The server load will go to the roof and latency will start to increase. Your followers will notice a high load time for your blog or even complete downtime. In such scenarios, bandwidth also becomes an issue. Sharing your host with a streaming website will cause the blog to load slowly at peak times when a lot of people watch videos.
This has been the problem with shared hosting ever since the service was designed. There is no distribution of server load and no balancing. Even simple websites such as blogs that do not even require a lot of bandwidth can experience downtime. It seems like the entire design of such hosting services is flawed. Even if the blog is not the cause of such huge loads, sever downtime affects your page as well. When this happens, all the individuals that are interested in what you have to say might turn their backs on you. If their favorite blog is unavailable they might as well find one that is more reliable.
Cloud Hosting – Possible Solution
Cloud Hosting managed to fix some of these issues. The greatest problem with shared hosting was generated by server load balancing. In the cloud, whenever a server goes offline, its load is distributed to all the other servers available. However if your website was hosted on that offline server, the blog would be offline as well right? Wrong! Cloud hosting also replicates data amongst servers. Just because a particular machine is no longer operational it doesn’t mean your website goes down with it as well. The content can be accessed via other servers in the cloud as the infrastructure was designed to support data sync cycles.
Cloud hosting fixes latency problems, loading times, better uptimes and an overall improved reliability. If you care enough about your blog to actually think about the reliability of your host service provider than you migh want to look at your available options. Cloud hosting might seem a little more expensive but it will improve the reliability of your website. If you have a lot of followers and readers, uptime should be a concern. Spending some extra dollars will save you from this concern and all the issues that follow such as answering to readers about downtime or explaining how your host is not reliable. If you don’t take action, your readers might be tempted to think that you do not care about them and your reputation.Author Bio: Biljana is a writer and a technology blogger, publishing useful information and online technology tips as well as latest information on virtual machine usage and the cloud server storage best practices.