We stand at a very interesting crossroads where Web hosting is concerned. On the one hand, if you are an average Web user or publisher, you have traditional Web hosting, which is cheap, somewhat reliable, but prone to issues. On the other hand, you have “the other option” – cloud hosting.

Question: Why is cloud hosting considered the other option? Why isn’t it the main option?

I think the answer has to do with education. I’m not trying to belittle anyone, but most average users of the Web still have never heard of cloud hosting. If you ask them to define it, they wouldn’t have a clue. Many Web users would have a problem explaining traditional Web hosting. But I digress.

Will cloud hosting ever move beyond “the other option” stage? Will it ever become the main option, the default?

I think so, in time. It will likely take twenty years to get there, but I think there will be a time when cloud hosting will be as ubiquitous as logging on. It will be the way of the Web just as search and social are today. In fact, I think it’s entirely possible that the future Internet could be free and open to all with bandwidth set aside for free web pages to anyone who wants one and all things hosted in the cloud. The question that remains is this: When?