Cloud or cPanel – which web hosting service is right for you?

Written on 04 October, 2013 by Georgia Leaker
Categories Web HostingTags cloud hostingweb hosting

If you're looking at purchasing web hosting, you will find the two major infrastructure options are Cloud and cPanel - but which one is right for you? You might be tempted to simply choose the cheapest option, but if you make the wrong choice you may find yourself stuck. Swapping between the two infrastructure types can be tricky, as you run the risk of files which work on one system causing errors on the other. But don't worry, ensuring you choose the right option need not be a stress - we've broken down the pros and cons of both web hosting platforms below.

Cloud web hosting

If you're looking for the most reliable system, Cloud web hosting is by far and away the best option for you. It usually comes with up-time SLAs and is much faster and more responsive than other hosting options.The reason hosting companies can offer SLAs on their Cloud hosting products, is that a Cloud-hosted website may be spread out over several servers - so if one server fails, another picks up the slack instantly, offering continuous up-time.

Cloud web hosting is also almost infinitely scalable, which means the amount of data you can hold in your Cloud can be easily up- and downgraded. However, due to the nature of Cloud-hosted infrastructure, each domain you have will require a separate Cloud package purchased to host it.

Cloud web hosting is ideal for mission critical business websites, sites where traffic may spike suddenly, or sites where speed and reliability are of the utmost importance.

cPanel web hosting

cPanel is the 'cheap and cheerful' option for smaller business websites and for individuals - it's an industry standard and comes straight out of the box with a user-friendly interface that allows you to easily manage your website, FTP, email, zone records and more.

Apart from the price, the main advantage of cPanel is that it allows you to host several domain names from the one control panel - these are called Parked or Add-on domain names.

It's also a more customisable system, and generally comes with a wider range of compatible applications available on install. Although most cPanel systems are still very reliable, if a server does fail, all of its cPanel-hosted websites will automatically crash along with it.

Netregistry offers several different Cloud Hosting and cPanel web hosting packages, as well as free web hosting trial. If you would like to speak to someone about the best option for you, we have expert support staff available at all times to answer your questions.