Cloud hosting can cost anywhere from $5 to $250 a month. Why the huge range of prices? And what are you paying for?
In this article, we’re going to look at the price of cloud hosting. We’ll also look at the price points of certain alternatives to cloud hosting so that you can compare the costs.
Cloud Hosting Cost
Cloud hosting starts at about $5. Anything under $10 a month is a pretty good deal. It then starts to swing up, with bigger premium plans approaching $50 or even in the hundreds.
Really, it’s all over the place. And here’s a good time to talk about why it’s important to get behind names to the metrics of the hosting.
One company might pitch a “premium plan” that costs more money than the mid-tier plan of a different company. Some companies might try to get a little more money out of their features by naming the plan differently. Always compare feature to feature and dollar to dollar, not name to name.
Differences in Cloud Hosting
Why do some cloud hosting plans cost radically different amounts than others? What are you paying for if you were to opt for the $200 plan versus the $5 plan?
For instance, with SiteGround, you can get their entry level cloud plan for $80. Compare that to A2 Hosting’s highest level plan, which costs only $15 a month. For reference, SiteGround is happy to charge you up to $240 a month for their super power plan.
A2 Hosting’s premium plan gives you:
- 4 Cores
- 50 GB Storage
- 2 TB Transfer
- 1 GB RAM
- Free SSD
- Root Access
SiteGround’s entry level plan gives you:
- 2 Cores
- 4 GB Memory
- 40 GB SSD
- 5 TB Transfer
That 40 GB of SSD is a “solid state drive.” It’s unclear what A2 Hosting means when they say “free SSD” because no amount is really listed for it. But you can see overall that the price points of various plans will vary wildly in range. In addition to bare metrics, you’ll also have to figure out which company you’d rather work with.
Cloud hosting is on the lower end of web hosting costs. It will generally run a bit more than a classic shared server, and it will be about the same cost as running a VPS. And, as we saw in the intro, cloud hosting is pretty similar to running a VPS overall. It’s going to be a lot cheaper than owning or using a dedicated server.
As for the actual cloud hosting plans that you can look for, they will range between $5 a month for entry level stuff and upwards of $200 for more intense packages. Make sure to read the fine print, and don’t be fooled by labels. Look for metrics, not names.