Web hosts are constantly upgrading hardware, software, and protocols to meet the needs of websites and web users. New and enhanced features in hosting allow website and blog owners to provide faster and better services to users and gain higher rankings with search engines. Check out these 10 trends in web hosting to make the most of your web content in 2018.
1. Green Hosting
Green hosting is gaining ground like never before in 2018. The concept and practice of running a website or blog on an eco-friendly server and energy efficient network devices is appealing to many company cultures and individuals. Green hosts use servers, routers, switches, and other devices on low energy consumption policies and recycle and reuse wherever possible. Green hosting is a great way to contribute to the environment’s recovery while running a website, blog, or online store.
2. Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is a form of virtual website hosting where your information is stored on a virtual cloud server. The benefit of cloud hosting is that you can pay for as a as-needed plan, since the virtual cloud can be scaled to a larger or smaller size as dictated by your site’s traffic with live analysis. Cloud hosting is starting to be offered by most of the leading web hosts in 2018, so be on the lookout for great deals on competitive cloud hosting plans.
3. New Authentication Protocols
The safety of your administration account is paramount to maintaining a secure website or blog. While previous years saw single username and password logins, many hosts are looking at adding a two-factor authentication for each session in 2018. This means you’ll have to go through an extra step to login to your hosting account, but the account will be doubly secure. Most two-step authentications require a text message or email to be sent with a secure one-time use code. Another new authentication protocol you may find in web hosting in 2018 is CAPTCHA. Proving you’re human is becoming a necessity on end user websites and hosting accounts alike in 2018.
4. Enhanced Website Builders
5. Better Optimization for CMSs
While optimized hosting plans for Content Management Systems like WordPress and Joomla have existed for a few years, 2018 is seeing even better optimization and a wider selection of CMSs to choose from. Newer and specialized CMSs like the business-oriented Madwire and Quip will find optimized homes across many web hosts in 2018. WordPress optimization is a continuing trend in hosting, with more hosts offering easy installation and increased plugin compatibility.
6. Virtualization in Web Hosting
Traditional web host packages offer physical servers with singular configurations to be used by dozen of customers. Virtualization software is trending in 2018 and may eventually see the end of these shared hosting setups. Using a Virtual Private Server (VPS) offers many advantages, including more control over configuration and a higher level of access to web admins. Expect to see many hosts switch their primary hosting plans to VPS-based solutions this year.
7. New Security Protocols
Aside from two-factor authentication mentioned above, several other hosting security protocols are becoming prevalent in 2018. These include standard SSL certification for every domain name, compliance checks for known CMS vulnerabilities, and encrypted data storage. By keeping your website’s information safer, you’ll be able to have peace of mind while offering visitors financial transactions and digital sales.
8. Automated Backups
Some hosts are already offering automated backups, but prior to 2018 these services largely focused on backing up entire folders and large data sets. With the growing popularity of WordPress and Joomla through 2018, you can expect to see hosts offering CMS-specific backups that restore only the information you’ve lost on your website. This is a quicker and more efficient way to backup your website than simply archiving your entire server space. Since CMS-specific backups take less room and can be performed more quickly, they are more feasibly done at shorter intervals. Weekly or daily backups of the past can even be replaced by hourly backups, or backups that occur when a significant change is made to your website.
9. Website Security Checkers
With so many leaks and breaches hitting the news last year, hosts are focused on helping website and blog owners stay secure in 2018. There’s a growing trend for hosts to offer security checks to make sure your website is up to date and free of any known points of security failures. These technologies include services to check for SSL authentication and malicious code injection.
10. Hardware Upgrades in Hosting
As hardware specification terms like RAM and GBs become household phrases, web hosts are beginning to open up about their hardware in 2018. This is not only led by a more informed wave of web administrators, but by the declining price of hardware. This means you can pick hosts that use super fast Solid State Disc (SSD) technology and cutting-edge processors in their servers. In a win-win for both admins and end users, many more hosts are now starting to list the specifications of their hardware on their plan descriptions pages to encourage users to choose their services.
These trends in web host services are huge improvements over years past and can help you grow your website or business bigger than ever before. Look for hosts that offer newer hosting plans like cloud services and green hosting. Check if your potential hosts provide optimization for your CMS and take a look at the hardware used by each web host in order to increase your website’s speed.