Cloud servers is a type of web host that enjoys the flexibility of a dedicated server yet sharing the same server with other users. It is basically being able to manage your account with higher access. With this full control over your VPS account, you can install any software or applications for your website.
When is the time to switch to cloud servers?
Assuming that you are still on a shared hosting server and one of your web entries became a hit; this would mean higher traffic to your website. A simple shared hosting server would not be able to accommodate this demand. This will cause your site to load slowly and/or crash. This event might even cause websites from a dozen numbers of people that used the same server to encounter problems.
Shared hosting may mean shared problems. If one of the users gets a problem from his/her site, e.g. bad script or malware intrusion, the rest of the people in that specific shared host server will be affected too. This is why some people consider migrating to cloud servers for flexibility and security.
Here some of the indicators when to switch to cloud servers:
1.Slow load time and/or high traffic
A slow load time can be caused by many issues including the host server and the scripts therein. With respect to the host, it is essential that it is able to keep up with the demand from the clients, that is, the server is able to yield the high traffic from the clients and not crash. You need to migrate to VPN when you experience a 3-5 seconds load time in your website.
If at peak hours the website loads slowly, a VPN might be an answer to give way for the high traffic.
2.When you are getting more revenue
Let’s say that you are profiting around $200 a month from your website, it is best that you upgrade your web host from a shared to a VPS. This may mean that more people are visiting your website. A high traffic can increase site load time. Studies have shown that a slow website can lose you money. You don’t want that to happen.
3.You need more space for your web files
If you wanted to put in more files for your website, e.g. pictures and videos, you might need more disk space to place them. A VPN can give you a drive of your own compared to shared hosting where up to a dozen other people are using the same hard drive.
4.You need to install other software
Some shared hosting servers would not allow you to install software other than the ones they have. If you want to install, customize and configure other applications, you might need to shift to cloud servers.
This also means that you can choose your specific operating system. You can choose a Windows Vista operating system while other can choose Linux. You would not worry about incompatibility issues since your server is independent from the others, though the same physical server.
5.Secure your access
Under a shared hosting server, some users may be at risk of malware and virus. If one of the websites using that specific server has been infected, the rest of the users can be infected as well. Security is a challenge for this type of web host. Thus, it is best to consider transferring to a VPS to make sure that you don’t get infected when others are.
With the added flexibility of the VPN host, you can install your own anti-malware and anti-virus to keep you away from internet risks such as these.