When we first read the announcement by SiteGround about the launch of their new autoscalable cloud product the first thing we looked for was the price, the second was whether their Supercacher was included or whether it was available at an optional extra. It doesn’t take much of a guess that we thought that their previous Cloud Hosting was a little overpriced when the Booster (Supercacher) was added on. Of course it is all relative as you certainly get what you pay for, and SiteGround generally is really good.
The good news is that the new SiteGround Autoscalable Cloud Hosting is really quite affordable now as the Supercacher comes as standard, cutting the price of their Cloud Hosting by around $40 in real terms. But it goes a bit further than that. These are Dedicated Resources, not resources shared with many other people as you would expect on a VPS. This actually makes it great value, especially with all the additional features you get as standard, such as their Supercacher and other developer features. One other great thing is that the new product uses SSD’s, which are considerably better than normal Hard Disks.
Configure Your Own Plan
Whilst they have 4 pre-built plans ranging in price and specification the real benefit of SiteGround’s Cloud hosting is the fact that you can configure the CPU, RAM and disk space independently. This allows you to save money on paying for things that you do not need, whilst boosting power should you decide.
You can for example change the Entry plan and add an extra CPU for just $10 per month. Or perhaps you just need extra disk space without the extra CPU or RAM. It is easy to configure so you only have to pay for what you need.
If you are expecting a traffic spike, whether it is because you have some viral content or just a popular sales promotion you may want to ensure you have enough resources available to handle all the extra traffic. Fortunately you can configure the Cloud Hosting to automatically increase the resources available without any downtime. You can see an example of the interface below:
We had a few queries about this, so fired up the SiteGround live-chat:
Best Host News: If it upscales, does it automatically downscale once demand lessens?
Best Host News: Or are you stuck on the higher plan until you manually downgrade
Ivan P.: yes, you have to manually downgrade by requesting that
Ivan P.: we do not have auto downscale
Best Host News: And does it prorata the billing? So I could upgrade for just a week?
Ivan P.: the billing works per calendar month actually
Therefore, if you use the automatic upscaling feature you may want to keep an eye on the resources used and then downscale once the rush is over. Of course, you are only looking at 10 or 20 dollars or so for the peace of mind that your site will be online no matter what traffic comes your way. This is especially useful for higher resource sites such as E-commerce where even a short downtime can effect your income.
One thing to consider when deciding on what autoscaling you need is that if CPU maxes out, the CPU usage will just be throttled. If your RAM maxes out you will get an error, or your visitors will see an error. Now, it is possible that your CPU may max out for the odd second or two on rare occasions and this is fine. You may not want to configure autoscaling for this kind of behavior. With RAM though, you would not really want anyone to see an error page, but the RAM is much less likely to spike. Therefore we would recommend setting the RAM to autoscale even if you don’t really want to use this feature. Then, if you are expecting a busy period in the near future you can always set the CPU to autoscale as well. Of course, with an extra dedicated CPU being just $10 you might decide to just upgrade anyway.
The Old SiteGround Cloud Hosting
SiteGround say that they are keeping the old product going for existing clients, but to be honest we think you would be much better upgrading. We think the flexibility with autoscaling, and the ability to pick the exact specifications you need, as well as the Supercacher included as standard you will be in line to make some savings as well as move to a full SSD hosting product.
You may be reading this, but don’t really need a Cloud Hosting Solution at this stage but like the sound of the Supercacher and other developer features (including Site Staging). Fortunately, Siteground have a range of shared hosting plans that provide an excellent stepping stone before scaling up to the Cloud. You can read our full SiteGround review here, and you can get up to 60% off your first invoice, exclusively for Best Host News Readers here. SiteGround’s GoGeek plan uses SSD’s for mysql (databases) and has all the developer features and Supercacher found on the Cloud Hosting, and is definitely worth looking at.