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Cloud hosting: the top 5 myths, debunked

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Cloud hosting is still very misunderstood, and there are a lot of myths surrounding it. From security to cost, the amount of misinformation out there is shocking. At CWCS, we always want you to be able to make informed decisions about your hosting, so we’ve broken down some of the common myths surrounding cloud hosting.

It is only for big businesses.

Cloud solutions are for every business, no matter the size. There are a wide range of cloud hosting plans aimed at different price points and business requirements. 

You can also opt for a Virtual Private Server (VPS) which is ideal for companies who want their own server but are not equipped for a dedicated hosting set-up. 

VPS server environments are fully customisable, making them ideal for companies that host multiple websites or companies that need more customisation of their server environments. 

Your data is not safe on the cloud.

One of the biggest myths surrounding cloud hosting is about its security. Many people believe that your data isn’t safe if it is stored on the cloud. 

However, the most reliable and longstanding managed cloud providers have groups dedicated to protecting your information and monitoring for potential threats. 

If you want to make sure that your hosting provider is following best practices for cloud hosting security, make sure that they are ISO 27001 certified. 

Moving to the cloud will negatively impact your SEO.

One of the stranger myths surrounding cloud hosting is that migrating to the cloud will make your website disappear from the cloud. This simply isn’t true. 

In fact, the opposite is true. The benefits of cloud hosting can actually improve your SEO. Page loading speed, server location and bot protection are all factors that play a role in your SEO, and they are all improved with cloud hosting. 

Page loading speed – Cloud hosting will give you a faster page loading speed.  

Server location- Cloud-hosted sites don’t need a geo footprint – so your server’s location won’t impact your SEO, making it perfect for companies who operate globally.

Bot protection – cloud-hosted websites have protection against bots who repeatedly target your site and negatively affect your SEO.

There is no support for cloud-hosted websites.

Managed cloud hosting is ideal for companies who want the benefits of cloud hosting but maybe don’t have the technical knowledge needed to manage and maintain their own cloud server. 

With a managed cloud hosting provider, you can focus your time and efforts on what you do best and leave the rest to your hosting provider.  

Migrating to the cloud is too much fuss.

Cost, downtime and complications are the three concerns for companies looking to migrate to the cloud. 

Firstly, many business owners worry that cloud hosting is expensive, but if you use a cloud platform, you only pay for the resources you use. You can scale those resources as needed, so you never pay more than required. Also, you decrease the workloads of your IT team if you have a cloud provider to manage the infrastructure.

Downtime during cloud migration is a big concern. Having an inactive website means a potential loss of revenue. You can avoid that by proper planning. Look at your analytics, determine when your website gets the least amount of visitors and plan your migration around that. 

There are a lot of little things you need to take care of when you migrate your site including:

  • You must ensure your website has cloud security.
  • You must regularly back up your website files. 
  • If you use a CMS like WordPress, you must frequently update your theme, plugins, and WordPress

But if you have managed cloud hosting, your cloud provider can help you manage some of these tasks and reduce the amount of stress around migrating and maintaining your website. 

If you have any questions get in touch with one of our specialists today.