March 5, 2021

5 Hosting Trends You Should Know About in 2021

2021 has recently started and like every other year, it has brought some trends along, hoping to see them develop further and grow.

Apart from technological development, the trends have also been conditioned by the circumstances in the society which have in turn defined certain business requirements. Completing certain mundane tasks online is not a novelty to most people but there are those working hard on creating these conveniences for the end-user. If you are one of the hard-working people trying to make the conveniences happen, or someone looking for a service provider, the following trends are very exciting and there is something for everyone.


Security will always be a hot topic in the web hosting industry and hosting providers will always work to improve their reliability and data protection. 2021 will be no different with hosting providers aiming to protect themselves and their users alike.

Seeing that security is often the main deal-breaker when it comes to deciding pro and con web hosting in general, as well as choosing a hosting provider, it became a center of attention for the hosting providers. They are looking into additional tools to secure the data of their users. SSL certification, CMS compliance checks, as well as data encryption are the new standard.

On this same subject, Linux shared hosting often comes up as a more secure solution seeing that Linux is less vulnerable and about as functional as its competition.

Cloud hosting

Cloud hosting is not something unheard of but is trending this year and it surely will in the years to come. Cloud hosting overcomes many web hosting issues and is excellent for those with high traffic or high hopes for growth.

If you choose to host your app, data, or website on a cloud, you will be set up on several different servers which will distribute the load and provide high responsiveness. In addition, using mirroring, your data gets backed up on several different servers. Should anything happen and one server fails, you can freely continue your work from another one, uninterrupted.

What’s more and what makes cloud hosting particularly attractive is its scalability. Again, with the multiple servers connected, you can increase the use of resources whenever there is a need for it. You do not have to change to a different plan, restart a server, etc. Not to forget that you will only be paying for what you use.

Green hosting

Going green is a universal trend in all aspects of working and living. For that reason, going green with your web hosting is not different at all. There is a good chance that it never even crossed your mind that web hosting can have any sort of environmental footprint. However, it does. Just like any other device requiring energy, the servers set up for web hosting require vast amounts of energy to operate constantly.

Luckily, there are hosting providers who recognized that this could be an issue and they care enough to let you, the end-user, help preserve the environment as well. Such providers can use clean, renewable sources of energy. You can opt to be green by purchasing RECs (renewable energy certificates) and the hosting provider will offset clean energy use.

Managed hosting

This is a hot web-hosting trend and just about what users needed to see in the web hosting world. Even with the best hosting provider and support on your hands, unmanaged web hosting can prove to be a handful, particularly for smaller businesses.

With managed hosting, businesses get to save by not having to hire a specialized IT staff with the server or hosting-related experience. Also, they do not have to worry if they do not have such a person at their disposal. When a web hosting service is managed, it means that there is someone to set it up for you, optimize, provide round-the-clock support, backups, and updates. If you run a small or medium-sized business, this is probably the best solution for you. Choose the provider carefully, get their help to select the right service, and make sure they can manage it for you. You will have the functionality you need, your data will be as secure as it gets, and you will end up saving money and resources you can use elsewhere.

DIY builders

It is no wonder DIY builders are on this list. All things DIY have their audience so this was expected, and as with all things DIY for some people, it is about the process while for others it is about savings.

A good thing about DIY builders is that they require no technical knowledge. The elements of a website can be dragged and dropped and shifted around. There is even work done in the backend to help with search engine optimization and reaching the audience.

Not all of them are equally simple to use, not all of them have the same features, and not all of them have the same limitations. It is up to users to shop around. However, with time we will almost certainly see these improve and satisfy more and more user requirements.

2020 has given us all a quick stir in a new direction. Doing things the traditional way is now often being seen as redundant. Sure, there are things people still want to experience or feel before they buy them, however more and more things are being sold online. And it is not just about shopping.

Whole offices are working on a remote basis. People rely on servers to be able to provide speed, safety, and reliability for their businesses to operate online. We have online and phone medical assessments. We sign documents online, we communicate online, and we pay our bills online.

It is all about the convenience and circumstances we are in. For this reason, web hosting is a field of increasing interest. And when it comes to our five picks, it is very unlikely that these five trends will not come upon a trending list in the next couple of years, at least among the first ten.

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Peter Hatch

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