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Finding a Good Managed Hosting Company

Setting up a good website takes time, dedication, research and money. Finding the best web hosting company is as important as the design and layout of the website you are going to upload. All web hosting providers will allow users to choose between managed and unmanaged hosting. There are a variety of types of hosting services and all will have different options. Whichever hosting option you chose, whether it managed or unmanaged, there are a few things to look out for when choosing a hosting company.

 

Reliability

 

It goes without saying that reliability is a key factor when choosing any service you are going to have to pay for. The reliability of the web server will affect the functionality of your website. If the server fails for any reason, your website will not be visible online.

If you have opted into a managed web hosting service and have full control over the server, you will want a reliable efficient service that you can depend on.

 

Bandwidth and disk space

 

The more bandwidth and disk space you have at your disposal, the better your website will function. This is especially relevant to users that use large amounts of multimedia. Visitors to your site will not have the patience to sit around, and waiting for a video to load, and will move on to another website. The disk space that you are allocated with the account will depend on what type of web hosting you choose and how much you pay. Most web hosting companies offer large amounts of disk space. If you have a large website that requires a large amount of disk space it may be a good idea to opt for cloud hosting or dedicated hosting.

 

Research

 

Web hosting companies offer a few different managed plans. Some offer fully managed, semi managed and non- or un-managed options.  For simple shared hosting (un-managed), it is recommended you check out JustHost reviews.  Fully managed normally refers to a dedicated managed hosting server and can be more expensive. A dedicated hosting server option will give the client full responsibility to maintain the server. In addition, the client is also granted full root access. A managed server is an entire server that is leased out by the client. The client is responsible for the maintenance of the server. The client isn’t given full root access but is granted other administrative perks and freedom to build an appropriate managed website.

 

Support

Fairly often the amount of support you receive is relevant to how much you are paying for the service. However, there are some reliable companies out there. These companies will provide email, phone and instant messenger customer support twenty-four seven. This type of support is essential, whether you are opting for a managed or unmanaged account.

Although dedicated managed hosting plans imply that it is up to the client to maintain their own service, the hosting company will provide technical support and general assistance if needed. Some companies will offer software support, sales support, email, phone and instant messenger support as well as a monitoring service.

 

Cost

 

Quality should never be sacrificed for the sake of a lower price, but more expensive does not necessarily mean better quality.  For quality hosting at a reasonable price we recommend HostGator.  You can save even more on your purchase when you use a special HostGator coupon 2013 at checkout.  There are several other good companies to choose from, but HostGator offers a great mix of quality and affordability.


Posted by admin on December 21st, 2012 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Managed Hosting Takes on the Bad Guys

Even in this day and age, many people who use the Internet for making financial transactions still experience a small stir of unease in the back of their mind as they upload crucial personal information, such as credit card numbers and bank details.  Each time they click on “pay now” they may unconsciously bite their lip at the issues that could result.

Because security is such a vital issue in Internet use, and because time and advancing technology have also armed the phisher, the hacker, the identity thief and other online bad guys, companies know they must have strong security policies and excellent practises in place to protect their customers and keep their confidence.  They know what the result would be if a hacker accessed their data and customers discovered personal details had been stolen.  All types of sensitive information are stored online by businesses, whether it is financial information or data with privacy issues such as reserve prices or wholesale pricing, or information to do with the purchase of personal goods and services such as hair-loss remedies, incontinence products or pornography.  Customers rely on the company to keep these details secure.  So, increasingly, businesses tend to turn to their web hosting provider and their management options, whether the web hosting is fully managed, managed or self managed.

Most companies have neither the technical expertise, nor the resources, nor the inclination, to manage their own web hosting, leaving this to the hosting provider.  This provider has their websites and other online facilities on servers humming away in racks on his own site, where he can keep an eye on them and maintain them.  The provider is as aware of the threats as his customer – probably more so – and he is far better equipped in every way to combat them.  As a first line of defence he will certainly offer firewall facilities so that sensitive data can be kept in high-security protected layers that only the customer has access to.  He may also offer intrusion prevention systems using advance scanning systems and software programs, and protection against viruses, trojans, spyware and other threatening incursions.  He will almost certainly offer encryption services.  His systems will be state-of-the-art, because it is his business to see that they are, and his human resources will be experienced, fully qualified technicians with plenty of technical knowledge.  He will probably offer the customer a security consultation when the contract is being discussed, to identify his special needs and address them, with follow-up assessments to ensure the system is effective in blocking risks and security loopholes.

As well as addressing security, the hosting provider will perform regular backups, maintain and monitor the servers, ensure there are no compatibility issues, immediately sort out any server which goes offline, and, of course, protect against physical threats such as fire, floods and break-ins by old-fashioned burglars.  The reliability and expertise of the hosting provider in terms of these factors is vital in selecting the one to use, and pointers can usually be on blog sites and customer reviews.


Posted by admin on August 20th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Managed Hosting for the Larger Business

With the now universal need of all business everywhere to use the World Wide Web to target and attract customers, the Internet has become a workplace tool as commonplace as the office telephone or desk.  Every company that launches a website requires some kind of web hosting, as it is the source through which the company makes itself visible to the global community, receives communications and data, accepts orders and presents its corporate face.

Very large companies are prepared to pay extra for the privilege of dedicated web hosting, in which they get a whole server – or multiple servers – to themselves, instead of having to share a server with many other users, with consequent less than perfect availability to users.  With this system, website speed is never an issue, which is most important for a company with a complex site full of images, audio and video.  The managed hosting for this system is likely to be maximum involvement on the part of the provider, who runs and manages the functionalities, and minimum by the client.  The advantages of this for the client are obvious; he does not have to devote time, resources and workforce to managing his hosting but can allow someone else with personnel who are trained, dedicated, experienced people with the proper technical qualifications.  They can do the job far better than anyone on the client’s payroll, and the client can devote all his time and resources to running his own business.  The larger the business, and the wider its use of the Internet, the more it is likely to need hosting management to be someone else’s responsibility.  These facts also hold true for collocation hosting, in which the client owns the server, but still leaves the management to the provider who houses the server or servers on his own site.  A man may own a Jaguar but not have the skills to service it, after all.

Larger businesses are able to afford the more expensive option of dedicated hosting with full management, and conversely they need this to make their website more cost-effective, saving them money in the long run.  No large company wants to divert resources to running an unnecessary IT department, and utilizing the trained and competent personnel of the provider to manage the hosting 24 hours a day could well save them from a technical disaster that could end up costing them a great deal in money or lost business.  The provider will also protect the client from hardware and software compatibility issues, protect the website from viruses, trojans, spyware and other security issues, and provide security against hacking or leakage of data.  This security is one of the major advantages of managed hosting.

Managed server hosting packages will usually fall into one of two types: per item, in which clients can choose a wide range of services and pay only for what they use, and the pre-determined plan, in which the client chooses at the outset which regular services to use and pays a monthly fixed rate.


Posted by admin on July 7th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Managed Hosting: Taking the Burden off the Client

The world grows ever more complicated as technology advances, and not every business can devote resources or manpower to specializing in IT – no more than a farmer can milk his own cows, and then leave the farm to accompany the milk yield to the factory and take part in the process that converts it into cheese or butter.  Managed hosting, which takes the burden of running a website off the client, is not exactly a new idea, but certainly one that is growing in popularity all the time.  With managed hosting, the customer does not have to spend any extra time managing his hosting as long as he is content to pay the experts to do it for him.  He is free to carry on with his own business, whatever it may be, and let the web hosting provider worry about issues connected with this aspect of his business.

The advantages are many.  The system is more cost effective, because the hosting provider already has technical experts hired – and retained in his employment – for their level of experience, knowledge and competence in managing hosting.  If they were not good at their jobs, they wouldn’t be working for the provider.  These are career geeks who live and breathe IT. Chances are, the client will not have anyone like this on his payroll.  This is because he would be obliged to devote money, time and personnel to learning how to run the hosting; to troubleshooting, updating, finding technical support and managing security issues.  At the end of the day he and his personnel will still not be experts at this, and his efficiency will suffer as a result.  Which option sounds better to you?

When you add some of the other benefits that come with server management, such as server monitoring and updates, application monitoring, hardware monitoring, management, server maintenance and technical support, firewall services, security audits, anti-virus updates and intrusion detection, protection against DDoS, load balancing, database administration, performance tuning and disaster recovery, you will see how many advantages managed hosting has for the average business.  Providers of managed hosting will also offer administrative maintenance of the operating system, often including upgrades and security patches.  According to the type of hosting, management may also include domains, daemon configuration, even custom designed programming.  The client may or may not even understand what some of these are, but he can sleep well at night knowing it is the expert’s job to ensure they stay fully functional, effective and trouble-free.

Of course, businesses may opt for lower levels of management than “fully managed”.  In “managed” hosting customers may perform some tasks but leave the majority of the management work to the provider.  In “self-managed” the provider will perform regular monitoring and some maintenance while the client provides most operations and tasks on the dedicated server.  In unmanaged hosting the provider has little involvement, other than providing the server, while the client performs all maintenance and updates and is responsible for his own security.


Posted by admin on June 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Pros and Cons to Managed Hosting

When starting a new website you have to consider what the web hosting package will be best. Webmasters should also consider what their limitations are when confronted with complex technical software and how to effectively monitor and manage hardware and software relative to the server. Luckily, web hosting companies offer both managed and unmanaged accounts for clients to choose from. As a webmaster you may not be required to understand as much technical jargon as you previously thought. Managed implies a managed hosting service provided by a web hosting company. Managed web hosting is more expensive than self managed. There are many pros and cons to dedicated or managed web hosting plans.

Own server

One of the benefits of this type of hosting is that users are effectively given their own portion of a server. This allows for a large amount of space to upload any additional software and creates a flexibility to choose more advanced options when administrating an account. Dedicated web hosting is the premium of all web hosting. A managed hosting plan will offer users greater reliability.

Bandwidth

The server is more dependable because the server, or a part of the server, is only leased to one client at a time. Dedicated web hosting also grants users a greater amount of bandwidth, and servers will be made up of high powered networks through multiple providers. This setup also ensures for greater response time.

Security

When opting for dedicated web hosting users do not need to worry about hiring extra technical help as web hosting providers will provide software and hardware support. The type and extent of support will depend on which provider you choose. Most web hosting providers will provide security support, monitoring your system to ensure your data is protected and free of trojans or malicious software. Web hosting companies will also back up your data on the system in case of any emergency. Users will generally be provided with 24/7 technical support and will be able to contact the web hosting technical team by email, chat or phone.

Cons

Users opt for dedicated hosting because it is the best money can buy. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive. Large online companies will choose dedicated web hosting because of the large amounts of bandwidth, support and disk space offered with the service. There are many companies on the internet and not all are reputable; users should research companies online before opening an account to avoid disappointment. Check online forums or find out what the larger companies have to offer. The market is very competitive and there is a wealth of options to choose from.

If you choose self managed web hosting you will have full control of your server – this may be a better option for some companies or individuals who wish to effectively manage the server independently. Managed web hosting does not grant users much control over the administration and monitoring of the account.  By investing in managed web hosting webmasters will be paying for the management of their server. This will leave the web hosting company in charge of your dedicated server.


Posted by admin on April 9th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Types of Managed Hosting

There are many web hosting options on the Internet. If you wish to manage your server and take more of an active role in the maintenance and general running of your own server, then looking into managed hosting options is probably the best place to start.

Some web hosting companies will have different names for their types of managed hosting options, however in general there are three types.  It is always a good idea to figure out what your aims and limitations as a webmaster are. If you are proficient with the appropriate technology and have experience running servers you probably will not hesitate to start a new self managed hosting package. If you are new to managed web hosting and have a bit of money then managed may be a better option.

Fully managed hosting

In general the more you pay for a service the more you will get from it. There seems to be some confusion and differing naming of the types of web hosting on the internet. Some service providers will call an account fully managed when it may be partially managed.

Fully managed basically means that you service provider will provide you with optimum support, but you as a client will have complete access to the account. This means you can adapt the server and settings to what is most convenient for you.

One type of fully managed hosting is that of dedicated web hosting. Dedicated web hosting will allow users to have full root access. Some other fully managed services may not allow users to have full root access. It depends on what type of web hosting you have chosen. If you choose managed cloud hosting, for example, you will not have root access. But if the server is split or you are given a private server, and you have opted for managed web hosting, then you will have root access to your private server. This is a good thing to keep in mind, and if you are spending a lot of money for your managed service, you should get a managed VPS or dedicated hosting package.

Partially managed hosting

Users are allowed to choose services that suit their needs. The web host is still responsible for the maintenance, running and monitoring of the server, but as a client you are given more responsibility and access to your account settings. The amount of access and responsibility will depend on the hosting server. Some are very basic and will only provide minimum technical support. This is a good choice if you are in need of extra assistance and do not wish to launch into fully managed hosting, or you do not have the time required to maintain a fully managed hosting account.

Unmanaged hosting or self managed

This is the basic type of hosting and the cheapest. You get what you paid for and will only the most basic features on your account. There will be no extras added to the account and you will be completely responsible for the management of your server. This option is recommend for advanced web servers as it requires a large amount of technical know-how.


Posted by admin on March 20th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting

Dedicated vs. Managed Hosting

Managed web hosting is when the client will lease web hosting from a web hosting company. The web hosting company is then completely responsible for the management of the client’s server. Managed web hosting is popular with both large and small companies. Dedicated hosting falls under managed web hosting and is a very popular type of hosting for a variety of reasons.

What is dedicated web hosting?

Dedicated web hosting is when a web hosting company leases a private section or entire server to a client. Hosting companies will all have different hosting packages. In general hosting companies will supply hardware, software and also effectively manage the client’s server. This type of web hosting is the most expensive as it is the most extensive service a web host will offer.

Hosting Support

Some Hosting companies will offer a medley of support and added features to dedicated server accounts. The biggest benefit of having a fully managed hosting account is that you leave everything to the web hosting company and have little to do with the responsibility or management of your own server.

Tailored service

The web hosting company will also allow users to customize their hardware and software requirements. Choosing dedicated hosting plans will allow users to have access to advanced technical features that they may not have been able use. Some examples of advanced features include adding complex databases, media viewing, added software features, and advanced email or account administration options.

Experience with the server

It is an added bonus to have the web hosting company manage your account. There are a few reasons for this; firstly the hosting company will know exactly how the server operates and how to maintain its optimum performance. Secondly, the hosting company will also be able to recommend adequate software to suit your needs in relation to the current server. All of this will save you time and money. Most hosting companies have experience tailoring dedicated hosting plans to users needs and will be able to set you up accordingly.

Bandwidth allocation

Dedicated plans will allow greater bandwidth and faster server speed. The server speed is faster because the server is confined to one user’s traffic. The server is also comprised of a large network of connecting multiple servers that create a more powerful network. When choosing a web hosting company, be sure to check the amount of allocated bandwidth. Some web hosting companies boast unlimited bandwidth, but this is not always entirely true. However, if you choose a dedicated hosting server you can discuss bandwidth options with the hosting company. Generally the amount of allocated bandwidth with dedicated hosting is huge.

Self managed hosting

Although dedicated hosting is the premium hosting option available on the market today, it is not a good idea to jump straight into it. Some companies prefer self managed web hosting plans. Their reasons vary. Self managed hosting plans are cheaper and some companies may want to manage and maintain the server privately. Managing a large server privately takes a lot of time, dedication and an experienced IT team.


Posted by admin on February 12th, 2011 :: Filed under Managed Hosting