Shared hosting is typically the plan of choice for individuals, organizations, or companies that are just starting out on their quest to establish their online presence. Being new in the industry doesn’t mean their websites will not need maintenance or constant updates. For people who lack the skills to troubleshoot the issues with their site or the time to deal with the constant monitoring of their system, managed hosting may be the only feasible solution. However, there is a misconception regarding managed hosting. Most think that it is only meant for large companies who sign up for dedicated server or cloud hosting. To set the record straight, availing of managed hosting services is not limited to the pricier packages. While some companies offer managed shared hosting as a separate package, the service is, more often, considered as an add-on. It can be selected, for an added fee, when you sign up even for shared hosting.
Who needs managed shared hosting?
If your website will require monitoring 24/7 or frequent application updates (if you use phpBB, SMF, etc.), you can either do the tasks yourself or opt to hire a personnel to do that task round the clock. The problem with this scenario is that, if you are the business owner, the management tasks will take you away from the business-related responsibilities that you need to be focusing on. Getting an additional person on your team, on the other hand, can be a little costly particularly if the company is just starting out or if the website is not yet profitable. Another dilemma that you can face with regular shared hosting is, if you are a newbie, you probably won’t be able to troubleshoot any issues that you may encounter regarding server resources or pick out the right software package to use on your website. Again, the solutions could be to get more training regarding website development or hire a Webmaster. Luckily, there is a third solution. You can get a shared hosting plan that has managed service. This way, you outsource all the website management activities to the service provider.
Benefits of having your host manage your website
Websites are like babies in the sense that they require constant looking after. There exist problems that are lurking all the time: network issues, vulnerability exploits, compatibility problems, etc. And you need to be on top of it all the time in order to prevent any serious problems from destroying your entire system. This is why it is beneficial to have a shared hosting that gets managed by the technical support team of the host. Here are some benefits of choosing managed shared hosting:
- You don’t need to worry about managing the network or the platform;
- You don’t need to pay more for equipment maintenance or repairs;
- Refreshing systems are now for free;
- Your website development team won’t need to worry about getting support should they need it;
- You get custom-tailored solutions for your website’s issues;
- There is no need for hiring more people to get your website up and running;
Essentially, you are only left with the task of creating the best content, choosing the right products, and coming up with a killer marketing campaign for your website. Other than the tiny website administration details, everything else is shouldered by the service provider.
What can you expect from a managed shared hosting plan?
In addition to the features that go with the regular shared hosting plan, you would also normally receive:
- Monitoring services
- An admin account where the service provider’s technician can perform all the necessary updates and upgrades
- Restoration services should your account get attacked
You get all these and more for an average of $50 a month. The price varies from host to host and also depends on the base amount for the shared hosting plan. Most companies charge additional fees for processes that exceed their allotted monthly administration time. Additionally, should you not be able to consume the allotted technical support minutes, some companies allow for swapping out of other services.