Although it seems like cloud hosting is what everyone is thinking about, this type of Web hosting is really one of the newer technologies available. Hosting, like so many other computing technologies, has evolved quickly throughout the years. It looks little like it did even ten years ago.
In 19991, for example, you wouldn’t have a website if you didn’t have your own server or computer hooked up to the Internet. Of course, few people had the resources and fewer still had the knowledge. The World wide web became known to the public, but it wasn’t yet ready for public consumption in the way it is now.
Four years later, hosting companies began to pop up. Names like Geocities and Angelfire would soon lead the pack; although, there were plenty of caveats. You couldn’t use scripts, space was precious and the page builders of the time were laughable. In fact, Angelfire started out offering less than a single megabyte of space. In 2013, plans offer gigabytes of space. These hosts were largely free, and most people weren’t concerned about their own domain names. In a few short years, that would change, however.
Companies like Bluehost and HostGator swept in to offer premium services to consumers who needs their own domain names and wanted to break free of the limitations of free hosting. The plans at the time were still shockingly small and expensive. Consumers might pay $15 for less than 150 megabytes of space.
While the DotCom bubble might have burst, hosting was still changing in the new millennium. All sorts of people were interested in having their own Web space, too. Blogging became popular as Blogger and LiveJournal emerged, allowing people to say whatever it is they had to say to the world in their own space — and for free. Five years later, Google would purchase Blogger and begin implementing some major changes.
Some of the biggest names in hosting today popped up in the early 2000s. This is the case for HostGator, which originally consisted of just three servers in a college dorm room. Like so many nerdy young adults, those guys had little idea what their brainchild would become. Prices continued to drop as hardware became more available and competition increased.
2011 saw a serious push for cloud hosting. Linux and Windows cloud servers began popping up everywhere. Google and Amazon got into the game, which meant there was no going back. Web space became available for literally pennies, and almost 30% of the world’s population had accounts with professional hosting services. When someone hosts their website out of their dorm room, they do it for the sheer pleasure and not because they have to anymore.