While not a new concept by any means, cloud hosting has certainly moved into the forefront within the last couple of years. What is cloud hosting? Simply put, its primary function is to allow companies to scale up server space almost indefinitely, while only paying for what hosting space they actually use at any given time. (note: that’s a very basic definition of cloud hosting) I know what you are thinking. That sounds like an amazing benefit for a company who has a lot of seasonal traffic, or who expect to increase downloads next month by 500 percent. But what does that have to do with design, and how does any of this affect the designer? Well, to be perfectly honest, we don’t really know quite yet.
Every day, consumers are requiring more and more from each web experience they encounter. Users want more social media, richer content, and more ways to access and share their information. All of this information takes up space on the face as well as the back end of a website. This means more clutter and more time to load. Much like their counterparts elsewhere in the web industry, web designers have been feeling the heat from these demands. Here is where cloud hosting may provide some relief. While no one is quite certain the full impact that cloud hosting will have on the industry, there is one thing we can be sure of. It will breed creativity. Options always do. As cloud hosting gains popularity and exposure, there may be no end to the benefits it may offer resource hungry programmers and designers. Where doors are closed currently, access to nearly unlimited computing power may open them up. New application and software designs. New browser platforms. New code languages being written with the computing power of cloud hosting in mind. The possibilities could be endless. Where designers are concerned, they could be equipped with better tools and greater options. As we all know, having the right tools for the job makes all of the difference. So although we don’t know just how far reaching its usefulness goes, cloud hosting has a lot of potential to be realized as of yet. Hang in their web designers. I know there are a lot of changes floating about in the atmosphere. What may look like an ominous dark cloud of demands right now, with a little luck, could provide some well-deserved shade for you in the coming months.