With the advancements of Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud, cloud storage is becoming an increasingly popular term tossed around the Web. What is cloud storage? Essentially, you hand over your data to a hosting company where it’s kept, along with others’ information, in a multitude of servers and locations that ensure less risk of security threats or physical damage than if you were keeping the information yourself. It also eliminates the need for you to purchase a pricey external hard drive. While you can have a cloud of your own based on your very own desktop, it is far more common to obtain cloud storage through a hosting company. Here are a few of the benefits of this method of storage for your blog or website.
Depending on the company you are storing your information with, you may be able to get automated backups of your blog or website. This eliminates the worry of your computer crashing, or your files being damages or lost while you’re working on them. If you’ve been having your site backup and stored automatically, there will be a lot less reconstruction to worry about in the event of an emergency. It’s an incredibly useful feature that has saved many a website owner from tearing their hair out in frustration after mysteriously losing files and information from their site.
Data Security Doesn’t Rely on Your Device
If your computer crashes or is physically damaged and you are using cloud storage to save your files and backup your site, then all you have to worry about is buying a new device. Once that’s done, you can easily and quickly recover your work from the cloud and get things back to normal as soon as possible. It is the same concept as why personal photos and information are sent automatically to Apple users’ iCloud in case their phones are lost, damaged, or stolen.
Large Amount of Storage
Depending on your budget, you can get a massive amount of storage space with a cloud host. While most cloud storage plans provide an ample amount of space for a very reasonable fee, you can invest in quite a bit more if you need to. This keeps you from having to upgrade your home system to accommodate for the sheer amount of storage and prevents your home computer from running slowly by moving heavy files off of it and to an external storage center.
To top off the benefits of cloud storage, it could only cost you pennies and dimes to maintain a portion of the cloud for your website. Many providers, like Google and Amazon, offer free accounts to start you out. The cap for these is usually 15GB, which is ample space for most people. If you are looking for more, you pay for storage as you consume it, and your bill will often be less than ten dollars, if you have to pay a bill at all. As far as storage is concerned, this is a great price for something that will likely never be damaged or lost, unlike any kind of storage you can offer from your home.