Managed hosting has many benefits to a business that is wishing to expand their operations or make themselves accessible to their customers online. By having an online presence, a business can increase their exposure to a local, national, or worldwide audience, depending on what kind of services that is provided. Nevertheless, a business that has a website is a business that can accomplish a lot more because they are allowing customers to learn more about them and gain wider access to what it is they have to offer.
There are several definitions as to what managed hosting is. It more or less depends on the need of the business as to how they go about their managed hosting. These definitions are:
A single website hosted on a web server that is supported and managed hosting provider. A service in which the dedicated server is managed for the business by managed hosting. Managed hosting manages and maintains the dedicated server. Managed hosting is performed by the web host in addition to providing many services for the dedicated servers that they provide. The business doesn't have their own dedicated server, but they are using the servers that belong to the host, which means the host is maintaining shared-servers. However, the business still maintains the privacy of its website although the servers are shared and receives all of the benefits they would have and possibly more than if they had their own dedicated server.
It is easy to see that there are different forms of managed hosting. It depends on the business as to which is chosen because the business may already have their own dedicated server in place and they simply need the manpower to operate everything. Not every business has the money to hire IT professionals and train them or train existing employees to take care of their web hosting. That is why it is feasible to outsource the jobs to managed hosting. It is actually cheaper to outsource because there is a fixed monthly rate in which the company pays that usually does not add up to the monthly salary of a single employee. What this does is maximize profit and allows the business to focus on their customer's satisfaction rather than having to spend time managing the website. If a business only had time to manage their website, they would not have time to serve their customers. In the end, there would be little impact on person-to-person sales. The idea is for the website to enhance both person-to-person sales and Internet sales, if applicable.
There are many more benefits of managed hosting such as security and up-time. It is very important that the website stay secure so that malicious website hackers do not decide to have a little "fun" with the website. This can result in many hours of trying to bring the website back up and this also results in down-time. There is nothing more aggravating than going to a website with poor up-time either because of security breaches or issues with the server. Managed hosting performs continuous security scans and also continually checks for issues that may interfere with the site's up-time. That is why many websites that are managed by managed hosting have 100% up-time.
So if you are not sure whether or not you need managed hosting, ask yourself these 5 questions:
How would my business benefit from a website? Does my business have the money to run the operation on its own? Do I have the manpower to continually monitor a website? Do I have the money to hire and train additional employees? How much would managed hosting cost me compared to doing it on our own?
Asking yourself these questions will put you on the road to finding the best solution for your business.
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