In a study, Kissmetrics revealed that approximately 40 per cent of users tend to abandon a website that has more than three seconds page load time. Also, Google considers the website speed while awarding page ranks in search results. Therefore, regardless of the size of the business, a website must have fast loading speeds. When a user visits your website and accesses a page, the files required to display the page are sought from a remote web server. On receiving the request from the user’s terminal, the host queries on the database and shares the relevant files. One of the prerequisites of a fast website is a web host with a fast web server. Selecting a web host can be an overwhelming experience due to the variety of hosting types available like VPS, Shared Hosting, Dedicated Server, Cloud Hosting, etc. In this article, we will focus on website speed and compare Shared Hosting and Cloud Hosting services.
Shared Hosting Services
Under shared hosting services, a website is hosted on a web server whose resources are shared by many other websites. Shared hosting plans are cheap and are usually preferred by new and/or small websites.
Cloud Hosting Services
In Cloud Hosting, a website is hosted on multiple servers and the resources that are required to run a website like CPU and RAM are distributed among various websites. While it sounds similar to shared hosting services, the difference lies in virtualization which creates layers separating the resources.
While both Shared hosting and Cloud Hosting services have own set of pros and cons, websites hosted on Cloud Hosting are faster than Shared Hosting services. Here is a quick look at the features of Cloud Hosting services which increase the speed of the hosted website.
- Designed for speed – In Cloud Hosting, a website is hosted on multiple servers. Hence, if one server overloads or is unable to manage the processes, then another virtual server immediately takes its place. Also, most Cloud Hosting networks are spread across different geographies. Therefore, they can help reduce the response time by calling the proximal server into action for any website request.
- Integrated CDN and Caching – A good Cloud Hosting Provider integrates Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and caching servers (like Varnish Cache) which can boost website speed by a mile!
- Instant scalability of resources – A sudden spike in traffic can impact the overall performance of a website. Instant scalability of resources is one of the most prominent features of Cloud Hosting services which allows site owners to increase the RAM, CPU, etc. with a single click.
Apart from these, features like redundant storage systems like Ceph, managed-hosting services, 24×7 support, and migration assistance make Cloud Hosting services a great option for your website.
There are many ways of increasing the speed of your website like optimizing images and videos, cleaning the code, etc. However, the web host plays a critical role in offering a fast loading website to your users. While a low-traffic website or a site without heavy multimedia files can make do with shared hosting plans, for most other websites Cloud Hosting services are the best bet.