Top 5 Cloud Hosting Providers: An Expert's Guide

When it comes to cloud hosting A2 Hosting is one of the best options out there offering features such as money-back guarantee at any time something no other provider offers. Learn about other top providers such as Cloudways Kamatera SiteGround Hostinger Bluehost &

Top 5 Cloud Hosting Providers: An Expert's Guide

When it comes to cloud hosting, A2 Hosting is one of the best options out there. It was one of the first to offer features such as a money-back guarantee at any time, something that no other provider offers. On its website, A2 Hosting doesn't offer traditional cloud hosting packages, but instead directs you to their cloud VPS plans. You can choose between managed and unmanaged plans; however, both emphasize speed and performance.

Cloudways is a great choice for second place, and could be number one depending on what you're looking for. This platform allows you to deploy your servers in the cloud from one of more than 25 global locations, and you can choose the region and city yourself. This means you'll never be too far from your servers, which is great for site speed. It also means that Cloudways plans are more flexible than those of its competitors.

The pricing depends on the data center you choose, but you can also choose between monthly or hourly pricing packages, depending on what best suits your website.Kamatera is the only hosting solution that gives you full control over your cloud hosting, whether the task is to decide who has root access to your servers or to choose your IP assignment. In short, Kamatera is great if you want a fully customized hosting plan. If you value uptime over personalization, keep in mind that Kamatera can only guarantee 99.95% uptime. Overall, this is still a strong percentage and is only equivalent to about 4.5 hours of downtime per year.

But compared to the 99.99% guarantees from HostGator and Cloudways, Kamatera's uptime is a bit short.SiteGround generally performs well across the board, and its combination of excellent uptime, excellent support, and 5TB bandwidth makes it stand out for its features. If you're looking for the crème de la crème of cloud hosting, A2 Hosting is the way to go. It has better features than any of its competitors and won't cost you an arm or a leg.Hostinger has more than 30 million users and some of the lowest prices thanks to low running costs and overheads. When we signed up for Hostinger's cloud hosting service, we were given the option to choose between cPanel or hPanel, their own custom control panel.

We chose hPanel and experienced a more intuitive feature that allows for better and more comfortable control of performance and functions.There are three plans available: Cloud Startup, Cloud Professional and Cloud Enterprise, all of which offer 300 websites and unlimited bandwidth for your account. In our test, we chose the Cloud Startup plan, which includes 200 GB of SSD storage, 3 GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores. The Cloud Professional plan increases them to 250 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM and 4 CPU cores; the Cloud Enterprise plan further extends them to 300 GB of storage, 12 GB of RAM and 6 CPU cores. All plans come with a free SSL certificate and domain name.If you just need to host a website instead of additional business data, HostGator's cloud platform might be a more ideal option.

Unlike regular web hosting, Hostgator's cloud hosting platform distributes the load of your website across multiple virtual server instances for more reliable and scalable hosting, but it's as easy to use as standard shared hosting (in our opinion) and only costs a little more.We found that some benefits of cloud plans include up to twice as fast load times, along with more site statistics; since websites are reflected on multiple devices, HostGator allows you to switch one website to another server in the event of a hardware failure.Cloudways represents an interesting middle path. The company offers managed cloud hosting that works with the main providers of your choice (Amazon, Google, DigitalOcean, Linode or Vultr are compatible) and comes packed with features but is configured from a simple web console that is as easy to use as the most basic competition.Bluehost offers an exceptional cloud web hosting solution when we signed up; we received an automatic configuration for WordPress not to mention other popular applications through a system powered by Mojo Marketplace. As with Hostinger they also offered us a cPanel-based area to allow our experts to modify things.In addition Bluehost offers a website builder based on Weebly; this is a basic browser-based program that allows you to create a website with up to six pages without extras such as site templates.DreamHost offers cloud server hosting; this is a step up from other plans offered here. However when running their unmanaged cloud servers users must be comfortable with a command line environment for managing their cloud hosting service.Built around the free open-source OpenStack platform users don't have to rely on proprietary software; they can use DreamHost's API or command line tools for managing their servers.In conclusion A2 Hosting is one of the best options out there when it comes to cloud hosting; it offers features such as money-back guarantee at any time something no other provider offers.

Cloudways is great if you're looking for flexibility while Kamatera offers full control over your cloud hosting but with lower uptime guarantees than competitors like HostGator or Cloudways. SiteGround stands out for its features while Hostinger has some of the lowest prices thanks to low running costs and overheads. Bluehost offers an exceptional cloud web hosting solution while DreamHost offers cloud server hosting with OpenStack platform support.

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