There are no groundbreaking changes for web hosting in 2017 but there are a number of changes or trends that can worth noting. These developments in web hosting imply a variety of effects on the way many things on the internet work. Of special interest is how these changes are impacting blogging, and how bloggers perceive web hosting.
Some of the most notable changes:
1 – Decentralization
In an interview with several web hosting experts by the blog Future of Everything, one of the things notably mentioned was how web hosting is expected to become decentralized. As mobile devices become more powerful and as computing power increases outside of data centers, decentralization is expected to prevail. This means that data centers will no longer bear the entirety of web-accessible data and data processing, but client devices will be sharing the burden. This can lead to the need to implement architectural changes in software development, especially when it comes to mobile apps.
2 – More Cost-Efficient Hosting Plans
As the competition among web hosts heats up, it is expected that a certain degree of price competition will emerge. This is not necessarily about who offers the lowest priced plans but on who gets to offer the most cost-efficient hosting packages. Web hosting consumers, with bloggers being a major cohort, are becoming savvier and keener on making informed decisions as to which blog hosting setup they should get, by using peer reviews and reliable client testimonies.
As such, web hosting companies strive to offer packages that appeal to these well-informed audiences, while fully knowing unsatisfactory experiences may be relayed to other potential consumers.
3 – The Impending Extinction of Standalone Hosting Services
The relevance of the term “web hosting” has significantly dwindled over the years. Nowadays, internet users are no longer using the term as they used to before. instead of searching for “web hosts,” many tend to use terms that more specifically refer to what they need, like a blogging platform or website creator for example. Instead of looking separately for a web host for a blog, many prefer to look for something that provides a complete package – one that allows them to create their blog or website and not worry about the hosting anymore. As such, many web hosting companies have already upgraded their services to include on-the-fly website creators and even ecommerce and SEO packages. They are no longer anchoring their business on web hosting. They need other services to make their traditional offerings more attractive or to exploit better revenue opportunities altogether.
Eventually, even the most prominent hosting companies are no longer going to be companies that focus on web hosting but those that offer holistic solutions for those who want to run online businesses or operate web assets. The more preferable companies for web hosting likely will no longer be companies known for pure web hosting. They will be companies that have adapted to the changing preferences of customers that they have developed new services that make it easier for customers to create, run, and maintain websites, blogs, apps, and other web assets. They are companies that understand that most of their customers no longer want to deal with complexities such as the need to upgrade their blogging platform/software and implement strict security measures.
4 – Cloud Hosting
The trend of cloud hosting continues. As Kinsta’s Director of Inbound Marketing pointed out in an interview, a survey of over 200 IT managers found that more than 8 out of 10 IT managers are already using public cloud infrastructure instead of corporate data centers. This is because cloud computing is now more cost-effective as it can already provide better performance, redundancy solutions, and security. It is expected that cloud web hosting resellers will multiply in the next decade.
Some readers may say that cloud hosting has already been a trend since a couple or so years ago so it may not belong to the list here. However, it’s worth mentioning here that it has only become even more relevant. Cloud computing in 2017 has become even bigger and better. Becoming more relevant and better, arguably, is also change.
5 – Consolidation
Many smaller web hosting players are bound to consolidate to better compete. The competition on the web hosting market is getting stiffer than ever, with tech giants using their popularity and reputability to dominate even the field of web hosting. Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, for example, are already dominating the cloud hosting field, creating a threatening competition to other web hosting solutions providers. Smaller players will eventually have to be merged into bigger ones or partnerships will have to be forged to create more dependable and interlinked services, as hosting sites on single web hosts (small web hosting companies in a certain location) is bound for extinction.
Blogging Scene Impact
So what do all these mean for bloggers? As one of the major customers of web hosting services, what do these trends in web hosting mean especially for those involved in blogging for profit or other commercial purposes?
For the most part, these changes are welcome changes for bloggers. Basically, they are changes that came about because web hosting companies want to better serve their customers. Companies that offer optimized WordPress hosting, for example, make it easier for bloggers who use WordPress to put up and maintain their blogs. It’s always an advantage when hosting companies offer more cost-efficient and optimized hosting packages along with other convenient services such as domain name registration, email accounts, search engine optimization, and even ecommerce. Likewise, it’s advantageous for bloggers when web hosts employ new technologies to adapt to trends and make the most of tech that enable better web publishing.
if there’s something that can be considered less than welcome in web hosting changes in 2017, it would likely be the dominance of tech giants. The unmistakable presence of large companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft in the field of web hosting may be problematic to some extent. They can easily eliminate smaller competitors and bring forth the disadvantages of having a few players dictating most of what’s happening in web hosting, particularly in terms of prices and technologies.
It can be said that most of the changes in web hosting in 2017 are positive for bloggers. Bloggers may not be the main driving force that shapes the changes in web hosting but they are mostly benefitting from the changes. Things appear to become more convenient, easier, and generally better for blogging and bloggers as far as web hosting is concerned and it is safe to say that is easier than ever to open up a blog site.