Ubuntu Web Server on Cloud Hosting is cheaper and more manageable vs Dedicated Server Hosting, at least in my opinion from previous experience.
See few years back I had my own managed Dedicated Server. Cost was split with few of my friends because at that time, who could afford paying $400 per month to host few forums and websites? (I am not son of Bill Gates)
It’s 2010 Dedicated Hosting and VPS Hosting got cheaper, you can buy Dedicated Server for roughly $150 per month and VPS starting at $39 per month.
Now, to me that’s still pricey, when you think that, you actually do not fully manage those servers. Sure you get that little CPanel and maybe pay $20-$40 for SSH login.
I looked into Cloud Computing (Hosting) for past umm…6 months and finally back in January decided to quit hosting with ‘Web Hosting Company’ due to their rules. One rule being: If site hits 10% of CPU utilization (That’s about 6.000-15.000 page views per day) they have the right to shut it down or sell you higher package which could cost around $250-$350, F*** that!
Anyway, my topic was Ubuntu Web Server and Cloud Computing…ah..Yes! I love Linux been Linux user for almost 10 years now. Fast forwarding the story, I bought Cloud Hosting Service which was $10 per month and 1.5c per Hour for fully built server. You can install any kind of Linux Distribution: Red Hat, Ubuntu, CentOS, Suse etc… and Windows Server was 3c per hour.
So basically your monthly cost is $10 for membership, and about $10 for server, that’s $20 to have fully installed server, you manage it, and has no restrictions. Sure there are some rules but nothing like “Web Hosting” Companies have.
If you are interested into this option what I just wrote above, do good research which cloud computing hosting company is right for you. Amazon EC? Rack Space Cloud? Grid? (By the way, I love the fact that there is not thousands of them). Check the Server, Bandwidth and Membership Cost = Total Price. And also if you are just some regular user that don’t know much about webservers, I would suggest you to go back to Web Server Hosting companies and in the mean time learn about Jboss, Apatche, PHP, SQL –MySql.
But if you are still interested and new to web servers etc, my best advice: Install Linux Distro, Install XAMPP (Web Server Software) and pray that it magically works.
Well I just gave you some of the options for cloud hosting you have now days with Web Hosting, but it’s really up to you…how much do you want to spend and also how much skilled you are depends on price too.