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Managed Hosting FAQ

What Is Managed Hosting?

Managed hosting takes care of all the maintenance and monitoring of your site for you. It’s the perfect solution for companies who don’t have (or don't want) a full-time IT staff, or for individuals who don’t have system administration experience enough to manage servers on their own. Your provider will give you a fast, reliable site, along with a sleek, professional online presence.

Do I Need It?

Very possibly. If you have the intensive hosting needs found in dynamic websites or e-commerce businesses, you’ll almost certainly benefit from opting for managed hosting. If you’re struggling with the limitations of shared hosting, are interested in a virtual hosting server instead, but don’t have the time, expertise, or IT resources to manage it yourself, managed hosting is the perfect answer.

What Are Some Advantages?

  • Way more resources to keep your site running smoothly
  • Practically unlimited capacity for upgrades (or downgrades)
  • You don’t need to worry about programming or server management
  • Most providers include free backups for additional data protection

And that’s just a few perks to get you started. There are plenty more.

What Should I Look For in a Provider?

First of all, your provider should have a good reputation. They should provide security for both equipment and data, including data backups. They have to offer ample bandwidth for your traffic needs. They should also offer a level of support you’re comfortable with.

Depending on the architecture of your site, you’ll also need to know if your potential provider supports managed hosting for Windows in addition to managed hosting for Linux. Sites which are built using Microsoft proprietary software will need Windows hosting, while open source software will do just fine on Linux.

What Kinds of Questions Should I Ask?

  • What kinds of hardware and software do they use?
  • What type of connection do they have?
  • How often do they back up their servers?
  • How quickly can site function be restored if there’s data loss?
  • What’s the procedure if there’s an emergency?
  • What hours will support be available to you?
  • Is there any kind of support they won’t offer?

Is Managed Hosting Worth It?

It depends on your priorities. If you need the power that dedicated servers can offer, but lack the know-how to manage them yourselves, then managed hosting is the ideal solution. If you’d rather pay someone else to take care of server administration while you actually run your business, managed hosting is the way to go. If you’re still not sure that’s you, take our questionnaire to find a list of providers we think will work.

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