Trends guide every industry, including web hosting. Certain features are going to pop up more often in the coming year and become familiar elements, adding to the already immense amount of choice out there. Many of the trends are non-technological but involve some kind of marketing strategy or shifting tide. Here are some of the web hosting trends which started in 2016 and will grow stronger in 2017.
Web Hosting, Web Building
You have seen them often; those website builders which enable people to build sites even if they don’t know code. WordPress is popular, but there are plenty of others like Drupal, WIX, Weebly, and Yola. These are systems which allow you to build a website by selecting themes, font, colors, graphic organization, contextual organization, and more by clicking buttons; nothing more. Many of these sites are free unless you buy add-ons. One can build a page and host a blog without paying a cent. The catch is that the companies behind them will place any ads on your web page that they like.
It’s far better to be your own boss where ads are concerned and arrange web design with hosting. Companies such as JustHost supply assorted free website building opportunities with Joomla, Drupal, and others plus paid hosting. DreamHost, Pagely, and GoDaddy sell managed WordPress hosting which means that you build your page and they maintain a website, reading data, sorting out backups, etc. There are both managed and customer-managed packages available.
Content Delivery Network
Edge Servers are being promoted more frequently now as consumers learn the difference between an SSD network and CDN. Don’t get me wrong; thanks to old-fashioned models, companies and organizations have been able to disseminate information, sell goods, and reach audiences worldwide. They still do, but there is growing concern about servers based in just one or two locations, often too close to each other to make a big difference when it comes to bouncing information between clients.
If servers are located in Chicago and New York, that’s not a big help to clients in Seattle. Information still has a long way to travel. With dynamic content, split-second loading can turn into several minutes of loading which the viewer is reluctant to trust. Even redundant servers and backup aren’t always able to establish 99.9% uptime or better. As for the Cloud, it has its own concerns too, so CDN is becoming more popular.
Why is CDN better sometimes? If your content includes animation, video, or other dynamic features (such as video tutorials or a gaming website), loading speed is already compromised. CDNs are located all over the place; in many cities across the USA and in cities all over the world. If one falls, there is another to back it up just a hundred miles away, maybe less, at least on domestic soil. There is less trouble with downtime and speed is enhanced.
Better Security on the Cloud
Nailing down security in a virtual world is as hard as it sounds. The web hosting industry continues to explore their options and make the Cloud appealing to groups which must protect their clients. These are organizations such as rehab facilities, medical groups, and major internet sales portals. People’s personal and financial details are bouncing around in an unreal place where, sure, uptime is a lot easier to maintain, but there is fear of hackers. Consumers wonder how a web host can protect them if their servers are virtual.
But cloud hosting is easier to scale, so traffic surges are not likely to cause downtime, crashes, or blips. As a result, one might say they are innately more secure. Also, companies are starting to play around in this realm. In 2017, there will be a big variety of Cloud-based hosting packages you haven’t seen before.