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Cloud server hosting uses non-physical (cloud) servers. This gives people greater access to scalable hosting and higher performance.

The best cloud server hosting providers can offer the bees knees when it comes to web hosting. Packages are provided at an affordable cost whilst delivering a product that outshines others.

What Is Cloud Server Hosting?

Cloud hosting refers to your website’s data being stored across multiple servers. This means resources are pushed and pulled from a range of locations, offering high scalability and reliability.

Think of cloud server hosting as ‘flexible hosting’; it suits customers who might want to upgrade/downgrade as they go. It’s kind of like a pay-as-you-go mobile phone (I actually still have one). You pay for resources according to your own needs.

I personally think cloud hosting is brilliant. The restrictions are far less, meaning there’s minimal pressure to choose the ‘right’ product there and then.

There are dozens (actually, even more) cloud server hosting providers out there. I’ve taken the time to sign up to some cloud hosting plans to find the absolute BEST in the business.

1. HostGator (Best Cloud Server Overall)

HostGator Homepage

HostGator have always been a firm favourite of mine as a web host. Whilst they may be better known for their shared and dedicated server hosting, their cloud server hosting packs a punch with a 99.99% uptime guarantee.

All 3 of their cloud hosting plans include a FREE SSL certificate and a domain name. HostGator’s low cost cloud hosting is available from just $4.95 per month (£3.84) and offers unmetered storage and bandwidth.

HostGator Uptime & Performance

Unlike the other cloud hosting providers in this list, HostGator actually offer a very decent uptime guarantee of 99.99%.

HostGator Uptime %

Over a 30 day period, I monitored my cloud server with HostGator. They exceeded my expectations offering a 100% uptime record in the last 24 hours, 7 days, and month.

HostGator Response Time

The response time on my website was really great too. The average response time I received was 437ms which is very reassuring.

There’s certainly no performance or speed issues when it comes to HostGator’s cloud server hosting.

HostGator Features

HostGator’s cloud web hosting is scalable, reliable and fast. We’ve already seen that they perform well, but does their affordable price really cut the mustard in terms of features?

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HostGator

Let’s take a look at what features are included across all of their cloud hosting plans:

  • Local caching
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Unlimited sub domains
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Unlimited storage
  • Free domain included (when signing up to 12, 24 or 36 month plan)

HostGator Pricing

  HATCHLING BABY BUSINESS
STORAGE Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
BANDWIDTH Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
MEMORY 2GB 4GB 6GB
CPU 2 Cores 4 Cores 6 Cores
SSL Included Included Included + Positive SSL
DOMAINS 1 Unlimited Unlimited
DEDICATED IP No No Yes
SEO TOOLS No No Yes
PARKED DOMAINS None Unlimited Unlimited
PRICE $4.95/mo (£3.84) $6.57/mo (£5.09) $9.95/mo (£7.71)

I think HostGator’s pricing is very reasonable. Considering HostGator’s Hatchling plan and A2 Hosting’s Entry plan are the same price, there’s quite a few differences.

For example, HostGator offer 2GB RAM whereas A2 Hosting offer only 512MB. A2 Hosting offer 1 core and 20GB storage, and HostGator offer 2 cores and unlimited storage.

Whilst you do have to pay for extras like site backup and restore and domain privacy, I’m not sure this would be enough to put me off purchasing.

It’s frustrating there’s no mention of cPanel, but then again InMotion Hosting (who offer cPanel) are charging £22 per month.

2. A2 Hosting (Best Cheap Cloud Server)

A2 Hosting Homepage

For me, A2 hosting is very much a contendor. They somehow managed to balance affordability with performance and features.

If you’re looking to host unlimited websites on a cloud server, A2 Hosting offers this from just £3.86 per month.

A2 Hosting Uptime & Performance

A2 Hosting’s cloud server plans come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Whilst that may not match the generous guarantee that shared hosting provider SiteGround offers (99.99%), at least they do have an SLA.

A2 Hosting Uptime %

After signing up to A2 Hosting’s cloud server plan, I monitored my uptime and response time. Over the space of 30 days, my test website achieved an uptime of 99.96%. This is well within their SLA of 99.9%.

A2 Hosting Response Time

My site’s response time wasn’t as good as I had hoped. The average response time was 1,328 ms which is just over 1 second.

Research shows that a server response time of more than 998ms would put you in the worst 20% of sites, and more than 1.3 seconds would put you in the worst-performing sites.

A2 Hosting Features

A2 Hosting’s cloud server hosting comes with some pretty nifty features. These may not be as inclusive as other web hosts, but I have to keep reminding you this is ALL included for just £3.86 per month:

  • Design your perfect server
  • Multiple server location options
  • CloudFlare Firewall
  • Turbo hosting (20x faster)
  • Anytime money-back guarantee
  • FutureServe Green hosting
  • 1-click software installer
  • SSH access
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 24/7/365 support

A2 Hosting Pricing

  ENTRY MID ELITE
RAID-10 STORAGE 20GB 30GB 50GB
CORES 1 1 4
TRANSFER 2TB 2TB 2TB
RAM 512MB 1GB 1GB
CPANEL No £15.39/mo £15.39/mo
CPANEL + SOFTACULOUS No £17.70/mo £17.70/mo
PRICE £3.86/mo £7.71/mo £11.57/mo

A2 Hosting’s cloud server hosting prices are pretty damn cheap. You can get cloud hosting for just £3.86 per month, and the specs aren’t bad either.

Whilst the Elite package offers the best hardware and performance, if you’re satisfied with 20GB storage and 512MB RAM, the Entry plan is well within reach.

However, I am disappointed that none of the plans include cPanel for free. This often comes as standard with most shared hosting providers.

3. InMotion Hosting (Best Cloud Server for Performance)

InMotion Hosting Homepage

InMotion Hosting have made a solid name for themselves in the hosting world. They are known for offering great shared hosting plans as well as high-grade cloud servers.

All of their cloud hosting plans include a FREE SSL certificate, unlimited email accounts and a free cPanel licence.

InMotion Hosting Uptime & Performance

According to their website, InMotion Hosting offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Again, I’m surprised that such a big hosting company in the industry doesn’t commit to more.

InMotion Hosting Uptime %

I signed up to InMotion’s cloud server hosting and recorded an uptime of 99.95%. This feels quite an average uptime to me so I wasn’t disheartened or ecstatic to be honest.

InMotion Hosting Response Time

However, their response times were much better than expected. My test website’s response time averaged out at 852ms which is just about acceptable in terms of what’s required of website’s in 2019.

InMotion Hosting Features

InMotion have 3 cloud hosting plans. They have their differences, but they all have one thing in common (well, several) and that’s these features:

  • Free SSD (20x faster)
  • Snapshots
  • Free SSL
  • CPU cores
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free cPanel licence
  • Unlimited domains/websites
  • Dedicated IP addresses

InMotion Hosting Pricing

  VPS-1000HA-S VPS-2000HA-S VPS-3000HA-S
DISK SPACE 75GB 150GB 260GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 8GB
MONTHLY TRANSFER 4TB 5TB 6TB
FREE DOMAIN Included with all 6 and 12 month plans Included with all 6 and 12 month plans Included with all 6 and 12 month plans
DEDICATED IPS 3 4 5
PRICE $29.19/mo (£22.58) $47.39/mo (£36.65) $69.34/mo (£53.63)

I won’t lie, I do feel InMotion Hosting’s cloud server plans are a little on the expensive side. Starting from £22.58 per month, this is a lot more than A2 Hosting’s £3.86 per month.

However, InMotion Hosting do offer a lot more in the way of cloud hosting. Their RAM is over quadruple what A2 Hosting is offering, double the monthly transfer rate, and cPanel is included.

You’ll also get a free SSL certificate and a free domain when you sign up to their 6 or 12 month plans.

4. DreamHost

DreamHost Homepage

For me, DreamHost kind of feel like the ‘average’ cloud hosting provider. They offer lots of features at average prices, but it can get a little complicated. If you’re a beginner to cloud hosting, I’d recommend choosing another hosting company to start off with.

However, that’s not to say DreamHost isn’t any good. Because they are, they’re very good, but do you get enough value for money? DreamHost offer 2 cloud hosting services;. Cloud Computing and Cloud Object Storage.

DreamHost Uptime & Performance

DreamHost are one of the few hosting providers that offer a 100% uptime guarantee. Obviously this is the best we can hope for, but can they live up to their bold claims.

DreamHost Uptime %

Thankfully, DreamHost did offer us exactly what we wanted. Over the space of 30 days, our test website on their cloud computing server achieved a 100% uptime result.

DreamHost Response Time

DreamHost’s response time was pretty average. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t the worst either. This came in at 719ms which is leaning too much towards the worst response times expected by websites in 2019.

DreamHost Features

As I touched on earlier, DreamHost have 2 main cloud hosting services they offer. For the purpose of this review, we’re looking at their Cloud Computing hosting (as opposed to Cloud Object Storage).

Each DreamHost cloud server can be run for as long as you need. One of the great benefits is that you will only get charged up to 600 hours (25 days) in each given month. Let’s look at some of the features included:

  • 100GB block storage
  • Free bandwidth
  • 80GB SSD disk
  • OpenStack-compatible API
  • Full root access
  • Full control
  • U.S. based data center

DreamHost Pricing

Hourly Prices:

Flavor Name Memory vCPU Hourly Price Max Monthly Price
gp1.semisonic 512 MB 1 $0.0075 $4.50
gp1.subsonic 1 GB 1 $0.01 $6.00
gp1.supersonic 2 GB 1 $0.02 $12.00
gp1.lightspeed 4 GB 2 $0.04 $24.00
gp1.warpspeed 8 GB 4 $0.08 $48.00
gp1.hyperspeed 16 GB 8 $0.16 $96.00

Servers:

  512MB RAM SERVER 2GB RAM SERVER 8GB RAM SERVER
CPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 4 vCPU
SSD 80 GB 80 GB 80 GB
BANWIDTH Free Free Free
BLOCK STORAGE 100 GB 100 GB 100 GB
BEST FOR Tinkering Websites Databases
PRICE Max $4.50/month ($0.0075/hour) £3.49 Max $12/month ($0.02/hour) £9.31 Max $48/month ($0.08/hour) £37.23

DreamHost’s pricing can be a little confusing at first. This is why I only recommend them for more advanced users.

In terms of pricing, DreamHost are reasonably competitive. They aren’t the cheapest of the cloud hosts we’ve looked at, but they’re not the most expensive either.

This brings me back to the point where I said they’re kind of ‘middle of the road’ in terms of their pricing, features, and performance.


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