When to choose cloud hosting?


I mentioned elsewhere that I don’t know much about cloud hosting. I understand it isn’t suitable for small, static sites but when would it be a good option?

One of my sites is small but growing slowly, both in terms of content and visitor numbers. Some times of year are busier than others. What are the criteria which would make it worth moving to cloud hosting?


Hi, Ted…

My thought is - when you have an application where you want to be in control. Like, designing your server stack for performance. That is the case in which you would want cloud server. With server system, youre able to draw maximum performance at minimum cost, if you know what you’re doing.

The case in which you would want the flexibility of resizing your cloud instance on demand, is when you expect spikes in traffic, or in user engagement. Particularly temporary spikes.

Once you know what you’re doing - and you are at least acquainted with the server stack, you will naturally look toward cloud & toward server instances



I would use cloud hosting if I wanted the following:

  • More control of the server and resources
  • Wanted to be able to scale my site up and down a certain times to save me spending more money.
  • Control my stack using code and an API (not sure if all providers offer this)
  • If I want to have my site running from a specific region to make it faster for my targeted market.
  • If I want to setup a site with load balancing and multiple servers again to get better performance.

It can be a lot more complicated and you have to be across updates and keeping things secure so it is only something I would do if you are able to handle this. Not something I would do for a small business website.

I hope this helps a little.


So, are you saying cloud hosting gives more control over the server than a VPS?


I was putting cloud hosting - as in ECS or SAS in Alibaba’s case - against managed / shared hosting.
And these are - elastic - VPS instances in essence.

You can read more here


Another reason for considering cloud hosting is to be able to develop, run, and manage application functionalities without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. Function as a service, kind of thing… Do Alibaba offer this?

I’m not sure how much sense this makes for a small business, but you could even go as far as hooking up your contact form to a cloud provider.


IMHO, moving to cloud is always beneficial provided you have knowledge/resources who can do that.
If I understand correctly you should already operating in Cloud. but on a share server.

If you are looking for web hosting in Alibaba Cloud, You should really look at https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/hosting (Perfect for SME)
If believe this helps you based on the scenario you have provided .

If you are looking to explore and know what Dedicated instance can do, you should look at ECS/SAS they provide with great integration with all other products like Alibaba Cloud Domains & DNS.


Thanks for the response. As I said elsewhere, I had looked at that page and found it confusing. It also seems to be more restrictive than the hosting I already have, but the main issue I see is that it only offers a choice between Hong Kong or US West, and most of my traffic is European.

What I was trying to establish here was some kind of general guidelines to help me (and anyone else who might be interested) judge when a move to cloud hosting would be appropriate. I don’t seem to be the only one confused by the whole issue.