You probably aren’t all that surprised to hear that cloud computing has changed the web. After all, why wouldn’t it? It’s already changed everything else, from the way we do business to the way we communicate. A bigger surprise would be finding out the world of web development got through the advent of the cloud relatively untouched and unscathed.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t.

As a webmaster, you probably know all this stuff already. You’ve no doubt heard people buzzing about how powerfully disruptive the cloud is, gushing about how they used it to scale their business to a degree they thought impossible. Through the buzz, you likely kept asking yourself one question: yeah, the cloud sounds great and all, but…how can it benefit me? There are a few ways.

For one, there’s cost. Byte-for-byte, the cloud generally tends to be much more cost-effective than traditional alternatives. The efficiency of the technology means it takes considerably less time to manage it; operation expenses effectively drop through the floor. You’re getting more stuff done in less time.

This agility further allows for a level of active scaling that was effectively impossible only a short decade ago (or so expensive that it may as well have been). In the past, if a website got hit with a traffic spike that took it beyond its planned capacity, there wasn’t a whole lot the webmaster could do save for wait and pray. The site’s servers either crashed, or ended up bottlenecking so hard that sites became unreachable.

That’s no longer the case. Using the cloud, it’s incredibly easy to effortlessly provision extra capacity in order to prevent one’s websites from grinding to a halt. Even better – the process can be automated.

Cost and scalability aren’t the only strengths of the cloud in the context of web design. Cloud tools exist for just about anything tech-related that you could possibly think of. Thanks to the cloud, you’ve access to such services, many of which were effectively beyond anyone’s reach. Cloud analytics platforms can help you keep track of traffic, while cloud storage can provide a safe haven in which you can backup important data, and cloud development tools empower you to create some downright incredible web apps.

In short, the number of cloud-based applications on the market borders on intimidating, and many of these applications are perfect choices for a webmaster who wants to make their life easier. With a bit of research, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out which applications are the best choice for you and for your website.

Even though it’s simply an amalgamation of existing technologies, there’s no denying that the cloud has changed the world. Everything from consumer tech to healthcare has been disrupted – including web development. As a webmaster, you’ve got an incredible tool at your fingertips with cloud computing.