Web Hosting Trends You Need To Pay Attention To In 2020

Just like any other industry, web hosting is not exempt from trends affecting the industry. And every year, the trends change. So in this article, we’re going to look at all the web hosting trends you need to pay attention to in 2020.

Before you read this, have you read:  Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Web Hosting Provider?

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Why Should You Care About Web Hosting Trends?

Just like any other industry, the web hosting industry also finds itself completely at mercy of the trends that affect them. But trends in industries like web hosting are not like any normal trends.

Some people might be thinking that trends come and go according to time, so it’s possible to just ignore them and focus on the basics. But in industries like web hosting, some trends are not just here for a short amount of time. Some trends are here to stay.

But still, we need to address the question on everyone’s mind.

“Why should I care about web hosting trends? I’m a user, isn’t that something the web hosting companies should worry about?”

Of course, on the very basic level, the users probably won’t be affected that much by the trends that affect the web hosting industries.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to care about the trends.

You see, knowing the trends will help you in choosing your web hosting provider.

You’re way better off choosing a web hosting provider that knows their trends and abides by it, because that shows you that they are very well informed.

Some trends also carries with it improvements to their services, so it will also be good for you.

How Do You Recognize A Trend?

In web hosting, it’s pretty easy to catch wind of a new trend. Just look at what all the big hosting companies are doing. Are they rolling out new features or technology? Or are they using a new framework for their hosting? If a lot of web hosting companies happen to do the same thing, chances are that it’s a trend.

But the challenge is not in recognizing a trend. The challenge is knowing which trend is here to stay.

Web Hosting Trends To Look Out For In 2020

So, with all that being said, let’s look at the web hosting trends we need to look out for in 2020.

Cloud Hosting And Virtualization

Move over expensive server rooms, 2020 is the year of cloud hosting.

Cloud hosting, unlike it’s predecessors, does not rely on any physical servers. It also has no physical equivalent. That means that unlike the previous hosting servers, there is no server room that is the equivalent of all the data in the cloud server.

Instead, what cloud hosting does is that it stores all the information and data they need across multiple computers. Then when the information is needed, access is given through a network connection such as the internet.

This means that hosting companies will no longer need a server room for hosting needs.

Cloud hosting is a game-changer for the entire web hosting industry. The reason for this? We’ll start from the simplest; cost.

With cloud hosting, the cost is greatly reduced as hosting companies will no longer have to include the cost of maintaining a server room. Cloud hosting is also much more efficient. In cloud hosting, your site’s resources are pulled from multiple virtual servers. This means that it is also scalable and reliable.

Green Web Hosting

Just like any other industry, the web hosting industry also finds itself affected by all the environmental issues plaguing our world right now. And the Internet counts as one of the chief contributors to the environmental issues.

Did you know that the Internet’s Carbon Dioxide output is equivalent to all the cars in the world driving around the world at once?

The main culprit to the Internet’s insane amount of Carbon Dioxide is the data centres all over the world. All these data centers requires a cool and controlled environment in order to prevent them for overheating. The maintenance of the hardware that creates this environment for the data centers emits an obscene amount of Carbon Dioxide.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that green web hosting will be one of the trends to grip web hosting in 2020. In 2020, more and more web hosting services will invest in a carbon offsetting scheme, which will reduce their carbon footprint. Providers will also be more open towards participating and investing in green energy or renewable energy initiatives.

Price Wars

In 2018, the cloud computing and hosting industry was worth US$118 billion. In 2019, it jumped to US$136 billion. In 2020, it’s projected to be worth about US$156 billion.

This shows that the web hosting industry is not only well and alive, it’s still growing. As the demand for web hosting grows, the number of service providers will inevitably grow too. This will lead to a price war among the hosting services.

The price war will happen due to the fact that other than the features and services, hosting providers constantly try to one up one another by constantly lowering their prices. With a predicted highly competitive market, the prices for hosting services will reach a new low in 2020.

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Security Protocols

In the world we live in right now, the Internet is used for almost everything. Shopping, job hunting, registrations, all can be done online.

Hence it’s no surprise that the internet is filled with sensitive information, waiting to be exploited. Data leaks have happened before, and it brought with it a whole new fear of putting information on the Internet.

Therefore, in 2020 web hosting providers will attempt to alleviate some of those fears with upgraded security protocols. Hosting security protocols, CMS vulnerabilities check, encrypted data storage and a standard SSL certificate will be the standard in 2020.

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HTTPS Is The New Standard

Back in July 2018, Google launched an update which notified the user whenever they were going to a non-HTTPS website. Since then, every time any user goes to a website that is not HTTPS it will be marked as ‘not secure’ in the browser.

The update was something that everyone understands, and was very well expecting. Switching your website to HTTPS means that your website’s sensitive information is protected, which in turn helped build trust with the users of the website. Along with that, Google Chrome also gave any site with HTTPS a fair rankings boost compared to sites that don’t have HTTPS.

All these factors combined, meant that in 2019 HTTPS was a big feature offered by web hosting provider as a way to get ahead of their competitors.

But in 2020, HTTPS will no longer be a feature, it will be the norm. If you’re looking for a web hosting provider in 2020, make sure that they offer you HTTPS.

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Managed Web Hosting Providers

In 2019, the web hosting industry as a whole stagnated a little bit. The stand still of web hosting technology meant that there is not much a web hosting provider can do to separate themselves from their peers. Which is why they needed some creative innovation.

Hence, in 2020 the creative innovation will come in the form of managed web hosting. Introduced in 2019, managed web hosting provided a great solution for smaller websites and online businesses without a lot of technical know how.

Managed web hosting means that rather than just hosting a website, the web hosting provider will also be in charge of managing the website. This allows the website owner to focus more on their business, rather than the technical side of website management such as optimization, updates and many more.

The reason for managed web hosting’s popularity is due to the fact that there is immense pressure on organizations to keep pace with technological advances, be it software or hardware. This does not bode well for companies with little technical know how. Hence, managed web hosting became a irresistible option for them

In 2020, it is predicted that managed web hosting will be a very popular option, so be on the lookout for this if you think it fits your company.

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