Cloud hosting is an overwhelmingly popular option for small and medium-sized businesses, with a new study released by Clutch showing a staggering 95% of them currently use or plan to invest in cloud hosting. The survey polled 300 SMBs of sizes ranging from 2-1,000 employees, with 68% businesses reporting less than 200 total employees. 72% of those who responded also claimed to have switched hosting at least once in the last five years.
Cloud-based solutions have exploded in popularity in recent years, as the benefits of “the cloud” are especially relevant for SMBs. Therefore, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that most respondents claimed that lower prices, better security, and flexibility as the main reasons for switching to cloud hosting.
Those familiar with web hosting won’t be so surprised to see that 86% of respondents had some sort of issue with their web hosting in the past year, with uptime being the biggest problem. You can read more about some of the problems with shared hosting in our guide. While businesses have historically chosen shared web hosting, experiencing downtime or slow page load times on a shared server is a good enough reason to consider changing.
Does this mean that cloud hosting is the end-all solution for all businesses?
Certainly not, as many people enjoy the simplicity of shared hosting. Dedicated servers will continue to be the number one solution for those looking for maximum performance and control. While cloud hosting continues to be the exciting new kid on the block, shared and dedicated hosting still retains a large customer base.
Are you someone looking for cloud hosting but not sure where to start? Our top recommended cloud provider is TMDHosting (check out our recent review), or you can check out our awesome Comparison Tool to find hosting specifically tailored to your business needs.
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