As Cloud Computing is on the rise, many are interested about Cloud Hosting for WordPress options. In this article, we will discuss the good and bad points of a Typical Cloud Hosting versus a Dedicated Hosting, what you need to know when you are shifting to Cloud Hosting and lastly, we will offer some free offering for testing Cloud Hosting for WordPress so that you can decide about your need.
Cloud Hosting Versus Dedicated Hosting
First, let us see the approximate cost of a Dedicated Server for WordPress. Hostgator for $ 174 per month and dreamhost for $ 99 month. Allocated memory is 2 GB.
Now look at the Cloud hosting plans – Rackspace Cloud Server Hosting costs $ 177 / month with 2 GB RAM, 500 GB outgoing bandwidth and any Free / Open Source Linux as OS. Rackspace Cloud Sites costs $ 149 and has managed levels (there is no limit of RAM as it is Computing Cycle that is calculated, not RAM).
Good and Bad Points of Cloud Hosting for WordPress
There is nothing bad for Cloud Hosting, except you need a bit more precautions as it is actually a Public Cloud, if you think of the WordPress front end.
You can change the size of RAM (Not for Rackspace Cloud Sites) instantaneously and you will never see those “Bandwidth exceeded” messages. If extra is used, it will be charged.
Basically a traditional Dedicated Server can not be compared with a Cloud Server – the technology are different. With most Cloud Hosting you will get almost 100% uptime, there is almost zero downtime with Rackspace Cloud sites.
In case of Cloud Hosting, officially it is a Virtual Dedicated and Rackspace Cloud Sites is like a big shared server. But frankly, those old SEO concept of shared server IP does not work with Rackspace Cloud Sites.
Zero downtime makes Cloud Hosting a great choice for WordPress. Even if it goes down, not more than 2-5 minutes will required to be up for any Cloud Hosting service. You can simply forget about the headaches.
Furthermore you can distribute your server loads with Cloud Load Balancer by adding Nodes in case of Cloud Hosting. Cloud Hosting, specially Rackspace Cloud Sites is a headache free hosting with excellent support.
You said about free testing of Cloud Hosting
Rackspace itself gives an opportunity to test their Cloud Hosting. You will, however need your Credit Card to test. If you want a test drive, you can ask us for a free testing ?on Rackspace Cloud Hosting. You can also think to use a client plan of Cloud Hosting for WordPress from us which starts at $ 10 / month. This is enough for testing or even running a site on Cloud Hosting.