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Cloud web hosting is the right choice for websites that really value stability. If one of your products goes viral, you can weather the traffic spike fine without your users going through a sluggish checkout.

Unlike traditional web hosting, where you purchase a set amount of resources like bandwidth and RAM on a single server, cloud hosting spreads your website’s needs across a massive virtual server that lives on hardware in data centers all over the world.

 With cloud hosting, it’s incredibly easy to add more resources or cut back as needed. And cloud hosting is much less vulnerable to equipment failure issues as there are many servers to pick up the slack.

 If you’re looking for a cost-effective hosting solution to grow with your business, cloud hosting is definitely worth checking out. I’ll break down seven of the best cloud web hosting options and walk you through how to assess which is the best one for your needs.

1 – HostGator — Cheapest Cloud Hosting Option

If you’re looking for budget-friendly cloud hosting that’s still reliable, HostGator is the way to go. Because it offers unmetered storage and bills on an hourly basis, it can also handle a site with a lot of pages or significant variations in traffic without sacrificing their great 99.99% uptime guarantee.

 Their introductory discounts really set them apart, especially for their biggest plan. For your first year of hosting with HostGator, you can get discounts of up to 70% depending on their deals.

The Hatchling plan is currently $4.95 per month, with the Baby plan starting at $6.57 per month and the Business plan at only $10 a month after the discount. All plans come with a 36-month commitment.

 Unless you choose HostGator’s Business plan, you won’t get any perks like free backups or SEO tools, but that plan’s prices are still a great affordable option with the discounts. It’s also simple to use, including the ability to scale up your cloud resources as your business grows with just one click.

2 – Elementor — Best Site Builder with Built-In Cloud Hosting

Why take care of one step of creating your new website when you knock out two at once? With Elementor, you can build an incredible website and get cloud hosting for it in one fell swoop.

 Let’s face it, most people needing a new website and hosting have to settle for a good site builder with low-quality hosting or vice versa.

 But Elementor doesn’t require you to settle for lesser quality on either end.

 Let’s dig into how good this all-in-one package gets.

On the hosting side of things, you get the reliability and speed of the Google Cloud Platform. If you’ve ever shopped for hosting where the provider gives you the option of choosing your preferred data center, you may remember that Google Cloud is one of the pricier, more premier platforms on offer.

 Google Cloud Platform gives you a solid foundation to grow upon—it can handle large, sudden spikes in traffic or sustaining site performance if your website becomes become more popular and stays there.

 But you’re also supported by Cloudflare’s content delivery network (CDN). That means visitors to your website are directed to the closest distributed server to them, so your page content loads in the blink of an eye no matter where they’re located.

 Plus, Elementor gives you a fantastic dashboard for managing your sites, connecting custom domains to them, running backups, and much more.

 So, you’re getting a full-fledged cloud hosting option that can hold its own with just about anybody else on this list. But, of course, that’s not all.

 Elementor’s content management features go the extra mile. WordPress is automatically preinstalled, for one, so you can hit the ground running with the best content platform in the world.

 You can also take advantage of the many design possibilities inherent to Elementor. Use its simple yet beautiful Hello theme to start or choose from one of the over 100 website kits to work from.

Elementor’s kits are like templates on steroids—they’re fully built-out site examples complete with game-changing features like popups, sidebars, sticky menus, grid layout blogrolls, and ecommerce functionality.

 A lot of WordPress fans lean heavily on Elementor, because it’s a single tool that opens up a plethora of ways to customize your site. From advanced font, color, and layout tweaks to whiz-bang options like animations, interactive site elements, and personalized dynamic content, Elementor Cloud Website covers hosting while providing the best toolset to create a website unlike anyone else’s.

 We’re really just scratching the surface of what you can do with Elementor. But, suffice it to say, Elementor Cloud Website is a better one-two punch for securing hosting and a new site than anything else you’ll find out there.

 So, this must cost an arm and a leg and then some, right?

#3 – A2 Hosting — Best for Speed & Flexibility

A2 Hosting tops out this list for several reasons. First of all, they’re known in the industry for super-fast web hosting, and their cloud hosting plans have proven to be just as fast and reliable.

 What stands out about A2 is how adaptable they are. No matter what you want out of your cloud hosting provider, they are a good, solid option to get you where you need to go. 24/7 customer support is one feature that will be especially valuable if you’re slightly less tech-savvy.

 There’s also a variety of price points, with their cheapest plan, Runway 1, just $4.99 per month, and the most expensive plan, Supersonic 8, starting at $29.99 per month.

 A2 Hosting also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee—not every provider offers this.

 Another notable thing about A2 is that you can host as many websites as you want, as long as you stay within the bandwidth you paid for.

#4 – Nexcess — Best for Ecommerce

Nexcess is a cloud hosting solution tailored to the needs of ecommerce businesses. They offer Magento, WordPress, and WooCommerce integration, so you can start selling right away.

 Paired with cloud hosting’s scalability, Nexcess is an obvious choice for an ecommerce business with big plans to grow.

 They also offer a variety of plans depending on which ecommerce platform you choose, as well as 24/7 customer support—perfect for busy online shop owners.

 Nexcess has many great features, including auto-scaling, PCI compliance, SEO tools, and a great deal of development tools for complete flexibility and customization.

 Their range of cloud hosting plans are tailored to fit every budget. At the low end, the XS plan is $49/month for up to 11 sites, 50 GB of storage, 1 TB of bandwidth, and 25 PHP workers per site.

 The most popular plan is the L plan, which is $299/month for up to 31 sites, 400 GB of storage, 5 TB of bandwidth, and 100 PHP workers per site. It also offers 20 VCPU and 20 GB RAM.

 No matter which plan you choose, you’ll get 24/7/365 support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, daily backups, SSL certificates, and more.

 And if you’re looking for something WordPress-specific, you can check out their fully managed WordPress hosting plans, which start at $19/month for one site.

#5 – InMotion — The Best Customer Support

InMotion is a fantastic option for small business owners who need a website, especially if they’re new to the digital world.

 InMotion makes it easy to scale your resources as you need to, and the fact that their plans include a free SSL certificate and cPanel makes them a good one-stop-shop option.

 But their customer service is what really sets them apart. InMotion offers 24/7 support via both live chat and phone, along with help tickets and a knowledge database with tons of resources to refer back to. If you’re a busy entrepreneur who’s not that comfortable yet online, this kind of high-support, all-in-one option is likely to be exactly what you need.

 InMotion is a more expensive option with the lowest-priced plan for small businesses typically $59.99 per month. But at the time of this writing, they are running a sale, and this plan is $17.99 per month and still includes free SSLs.

#6 – DreamHost — Best for If You Know How to Code

DreamHost is another great budget-friendly option, but it really shines if you already know how to code. DreamHost is less expensive because you’ll need some technical know-how to really make your site your own.

 If you’re comfortable managing and customizing your website through a command-line text interface, you’ll love DreamHost – you’ll be able to keep playing around with the web development tools you’re already using. Even better, DreamHost offers an unmetered hourly rate.

 DreamHost plans start at has a lot of different hosting options to choose from. In terms of cloud web hosting, the company offers two different solutions:

 Cloud Computing, which starts at $4.50 per month

Cloud Object Storage, which starts at $0.95 per month

If you are looking to develop applications online, DreamHost’s cloud computing plans give you a lot of resources for a great price. The same is true of Cloud Object Storage, which can scale up to more than a TB for less than $20 per month.

 All plans give you a discount for annual billing over monthly payments.

7-Google Releases a New Link Best Practices Guide

Link building is something that you must focus on if you want your site to rank high.

 Whether it’s obtaining them naturally by creating amazing content, or by doing manual outreach, more links typically means higher rankings.

 We did an experiment with 200 websites to figure out the types of links Google prefers. If you haven’t read it, you should check it out as some of the results are fascinating.

 Now Google also has its own take on links. They normally don’t publish a ton of information when it comes to their algorithms and SEO, but they recently published a new guide on link building best practices (the old one just talked about making your links crawlable/indexable).

 To save you some time, I’ve already read and analyzed it. Here’s what you need to know.

Anchor text placement

Google wants you to use rich anchor text links. This tells them what the page you are linking to is all about.

The reason that link is considered bad is that it has no anchor text. It doesn’t help their algorithm figure out what the page is about.

 If an anchor text is blank, but a link contains a title attribute, they will use the title attribute. Here’s an example of this:

This shows that Google is using title attributes in links to figure out what to rank a page for.

 Ideally, they just want you to use links with rich anchor text such as:

<a href=”https://example.com/ghost-peppers”>ghost peppers</a>

 And with images they want you to use alt text such as they use that as the anchor text. Here’s an example:

 <a href=”/add-to-cart.html”><img src=”enchiladas-in-shopping-cart.jpg” alt=”add enchiladas to your cart“/></a>

 With your images, make sure you have descriptive alt text. That way you can get more Google image search traffic.

 If you don’t think that’s important, keep in mind 1/3 of all Google searches are for an image.

 How to write good anchor text

One thing Google focused on was the difference between good anchor text rich links and bad ones.

 They don’t want you to use generic anchor text like: read more or click here.

 Again this doesn’t tell them much about the page. It’s bad just like having a blank anchor text link.

 They want the anchor text to be descriptive such as:

 For a full list of cheese available for purchase, see the <a href=”https://example.com”>list of cheese types</a>.

 But they also don’t want you to make your anchor text too long and too descriptive.

 For example, this is too descriptive for Google:

 <a href=”https://example.com”>Knitted Cow invites local residents of Wisconsin to their grand re-opening by also offering complimentary cow-shaped ice sculptures</a> to the first 20 customers.

They rather have you use something shorter like:

 <a href=”https://example.com”>Knitted Cow invites local residents of Wisconsin</a> to their grand re-opening by also offering complimentary cow-shaped ice sculptures to the first 20 customers.

 Google mentions that keyword stuffing is a violation of their policy. When we look at the data we have in Ubersuggest (our database has over 40 trillion links) we’ve found that anchor text that is 2 to 5 words long is the ideal length for optimal rankings.

 So you don’t need to add too many keywords within the anchor text to do well.

 And when your anchor text is one word it’s too generic and it doesn’t help Google enough.

 Spread apart your links

Whether it is internal or external links, Google doesn’t want them too close to each other.

 For example, if you have multiple links in a row such as:

 I’ve written about cheese <a href=”https://example.com/page1″>so</a> <a href=”https://example.com/page2″>many</a> <a href=”https://example.com/page3″>times</a> <a href=”https://example.com/page4″>this</a> <a href=”https://example.com/page5″>year</a>.

 It’s not ideal for them.

 Your links should be spread out by at least a few words or even a sentence or two. Here is an example that they gave as more ideal.

 I’ve written about cheese so many times this year: who can forget the <a href=”https://example.com/blue-cheese-vs-gorgonzola”>controversy over blue cheese and gorgonzola</a>, the <a href=”https://example.com/worlds-oldest-brie”>world’s oldest brie</a> piece that won the Cheesiest Research Medal, the epic retelling of <a href=”https://example.com/the-lost-cheese”>The Lost Cheese</a>, and my personal favorite, <a href=”https://example.com/boy-and-his-cheese”>A Boy and His Cheese: a story of two unlikely friends</a>.

 Internal and external links matter

Google wants you to use both internal and external links because it helps them determine what to rank web pages for.

 For example, when you use internal links, to link to other pages on your website, they still want you to use rich anchor text.

 They specifically mention that the anchor text should be clear enough where a user knows what they are clicking on and what the linked page is all about.

 The same goes for Google. The anchor text of the internal link should also help them understand what the linked page is all about.

 As for external links, it’s the same as internal links.

 Conclusion

Google typically doesn’t give a ton of information on what they look for when it comes to SEO, but something is better than nothing.

 If you want optimal rankings, they want you to build links that are:

 Rich in anchor text – keywords within the anchor text helps with your rankings.

Concise anchor text – anchor text that is too long isn’t helpful to Google.

Use alt text – for images, alt text replaces anchor text.

Use title attributes – Google is using the title attribute to figure out anchor text.

Spread your links apart – links should be separated by ideally a few words if not a few sentences.

Use internal links – most SEOs focus on external links, which you shouldn’t ignore, but internal links is a quick way to boost your rankings.

In addition to the above 6 things, through our own experimentation we’ve found that the ideal link has the following attributes:

Relevant – a page or a website related to yours is better than an irrelevant site linking to you. For example, if you have a website about pets and a website about dogs links to yours, that is ideal.

Concise – anchor text links that are 2 to 5 words are ideal for optimal rankings.

Content-based links – links within content help more than footer or sidebar links.

Multiple sites are better than 1 site – getting links from multiple sites is better than getting links from 1 site multiple times.

High authority links – links from trusted sources like the New York Times are better than links from low authority sites.

Permanent – we’ve found that when you get links and then they are removed within a month it can really hurt your rankings (just like if you were buying links). Focus on natural links and this shouldn’t be an issue.

 

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