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How Cloud Website Hosting Works

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terminology. However, just a few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote disk storage service, which involves one file storage tool for all users, does not turn any specific hosting firm into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud designation, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage services for private or business purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite tough. A very meager number of hosting providers can truly attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Boxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving a lot of domains, sites, e-mail accounts, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than distributing merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Doing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps a whole array of mail servers, determined by the total server load created. To have a real cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple data center locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is furnished by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you observe a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server just reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted just to a remote file storage service, as lots of hosting vendors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a couple of new clouds we currently don't know about will surface out of the blue.