There are several reasons that website owners are choosing SSD hosting, with speed being the biggest motive. Solid State Drive hosting, or SSD, is the best choice for websites with high traffic volumes. In addition to speed, this technology can also improve your website’s uptime and overall performance.
According to recent market research, just a single second delay in the time it takes to load a webpage dramatically impacts visitor engagement with your site. It results in 7% fewer conversions, a whopping 16% reduction in visitor satisfaction ratings and 11% less page views.
Here is a look at how SSD web hosting can have make a definite improvement in your webpage’s speed and your visitor’s positive response.
What Is SSD?
Solid State Drives are the new kid on the block when it comes to web storage. They have no moving parts, hence the name solid state. There are no mechanical parts to break down, like spinning disks or read-write arms.
When first introduced, they were very expensive. The technology has advanced enough to make them affordable for most web hosts. They are now commonly found in packages for shared hosting, virtual private servers and dedicated servers. The latest laptops, tablets and desktops use them too.
3 Big Advantages of SSD Web Hosting
SSD is reliable, fast and eco-friendly, all-important factors when choosing a web host. The less webmasters need to worry about the nuts and bolts of their webpages, the more time they can spend on content, marketing and engaging with readers.
Here’s a rundown on each advantage.
With no moving parts, there is little chance of a breakdown and nothing to wear out. Traditional drives can also have long life spans, but are definitely more prone to problems. Over time, SSDs are more efficient and dependable.
An SSD is less vulnerable to shock and vibration, a constant problem for older drives. Since it runs cooler, it can handle a wide range of temperatures in its environment.
As an example of their reliability, an SSD can handle having the entire volume of its drive to be written to every single day for 10 full years without showing wear. Unlike a traditional drive, an SSD doesn’t simply die at the end of its lifespan, resulting in data loss. Instead it simply stops allowing more write access, which saves data and stress for blog owners. The content is still accessible, even after the drive is no longer usable.
Speed is essential if you want to attract and keep readers and potential customers to your website. Overall, the loading time for SSDs is considered to be about 10 times faster.
Why is this so important to a webmaster?
Consider what happens when a visitor comes to your website. His actions trigger database queries and access to content. With an SSD, data can be read and written at the same time, saving time for your visitor. With a traditional server, access is regulated by mechanical factors. The mechanical arm on the rotating disks must move in response to each request by the visitor, all of which takes time.
If your website is combined with e-commerce, the result of using traditional servers is fewer sales. Potential customers want the transaction to take place quickly. Abandoned carts are the bane of online marketers.
Websites with high-caching notice immediate benefits when switching to SSDs. Caching is a tool for speed and means that the servers store copies of the site on hard drives so they can be served quickly for the user. SSDs read/write faster so the benefits of caching are even greater.
Since SSDs use less power, they are more energy efficient than traditional drives. They don’t spin and they run cooler, both of which help with power consumption. The combination of better performance and environmentally friendly is a hard one to argue with.
Each SSD uses close to 80% less energy per gigabyte than a traditional drive. When you consider how many servers there are in a big data center, the environmental impact is significant.
How Much Does It Cost?
As a rule, SSD plans are now about the same price as traditional hosting plans. In some cases, the plan allows slightly less storage, but this is usually not a factor for most website owners. Even if you have a lot of data on your site, the smaller storage allotment is offset by the gains in performance and reliability.
Who Is It For?
Anyone with a website can benefit from faster load times and reliability. And most people are happy to go green if given the chance. That said, there are five specific categories of web hosting users that will most definitely benefit from SSD hosting.
• Websites using WordPress, Drupal and other types of content management systems: information retrieval is much faster
• e-commerce sites: the faster loading time increases sales
• High-traffic websites: SSD responds to visitor requests faster, resulting in higher visitor satisfaction and conversions
• High-caching websites: since reading/writing is faster, visitors experience faster speeds
• SEO-optimized websites: fast response and SEO go together in visitor satisfaction. Optimizing for speed as well as for search engines is essential.