Running a company website or an online store is anything but easy. In fact, if your website isn’t handled correctly, it could go entirely unnoticed among the vast array of other online businesses. It requires time, money and a great amount of effort to do it right. That’s why it’s so important to work with a managed hosting company that provides complete website hosting development services and who truly understands applications.
According to TechTarget, “managed hosting is an IT operations model in which a service provider leases dedicated servers and associated hardware to a single client. The equipment is at the hosting provider’s facility and managed there.” If you’re new to the concept of managed hosting, you may not understand the many benefits that this business partnership offers. We’ll get into the specifics later in this blog, but for now it can be summed up quite simply: A good quality hosting company – one with solid application knowledge – will handle all your website hosting development needs. In exchange for a monthly fee, apart from renting associated server hardware, a client also enjoys the opportunity of having a system completely managed by the provider. If you’re still not convinced, check out this comparison made by Comentum.com. It shows point by point why managed hosting is better than shared hosting.
Looking for the right managed hosting provider for your company can be a bit overwhelming since there are literally thousands from which to choose. But whatever provider you select should have a strong knowledge of (and years of experience in) applications and application development. Here, then, are some specific ways in which your business can benefit from a hosting provider; particularly one with application knowledge.
Benefits of a Managed Website Hosting Development Partner
1. Saves You Time and Money
Generally speaking, any good hosting provider can save the time you and/or your staff would otherwise spend managing, diagnosing or repairing servers. Instead of trying to figure out bugs and other technical issues, you and your staff can focus on your business. When it comes to applications, a good website hosting development company will take care of upgrades and other maintenance issues. And, as we all know, with anytime you can save time, you’ll also save money.
2. Reduces Costs
As a small business owner, you’re already dealing with a lot of expenses. When you find yourself surrounded by technical issues and the burden of managing servers and applications, the first thing you may consider is to hire a team of IT professionals. That may resolve your technical issues, but it can cost a small fortune. On the other hand, a full-service hosting provider can handle it all for a relatively small monthly fee.
3. Monitoring and Customer Support
Whatever problem you encounter – whether it’s a malfunctioning app or a server issue – if it’s not resolved immediately, it can bring your business to a standstill. A managed hosting provider will ensure that your servers and your network are constantly monitored and will promise around-the-clock support, so you’ll have the help you need whenever you need it.
4. Customize Your App
Whatever applications you’re using for your business, you’re not fully realizing the power of any app until you customize it for your specific company. Unfortunately, configuring and customizing applications is not always an intuitive process. But a good hosting company, with website hosting development experience and deep application knowledge, can easily customize any app.
5. Find the Real Solution
Sometimes the problems you experience may not be obvious – even for a professional hosting company. In some circumstances the problems involve coding, or how applications are interacting with one another and the problems associated with that interaction. That’s why it’s so important to choose a hosting partner that can provide in-depth knowledge of applications – one that can resolve even the most mysterious technical issues.
6. Protect Your Data
Although it may seem like you can best protect your data by owning and managing your own servers and applications in-house, a managed hosting company can actually provide a much higher level of security. Because of the safeguards that hosting companies put in place at the data centers – from stormproof physical facilities to limited, badge-only access and more – along with firewalls, virus detection, regular back-up procedures, spam filtering, etc., a good managed hosting provider can ensure that your data is always protected, no matter what.
Choose the Right Managed Provider for Your Company
Choosing the right managed provider for your company doesn’t have to be challenging or time-consuming. If you’re looking for a provider that’s well-versed in Microsoft applications and really does all the “little things” really really well, check out PointClick. PointClick is a full-service cloud and managed web hosting provider that truly believes in getting to know each and every customer, and their business, right up front.
If you’re an eCommerce shop and focused on Magento or Able Commerce as your CMS, then check out Web2Market. Founded almost 20 years ago by Brad Kort, Web2Market has grown into one of the leading Magento eCommerce development and hosting firms, and offers the services of a development staff with over 100 years of combined experience.
If your business is located in the Vancouver area and you’re looking for a local provider with a focus on high performance hosting, check out GT.net. This Vancouver-based web hosting provider, with nearly two decades of web application development experience, truly understands websites and web applications, and they’ve got a fantastic website performance testing site called GTMetrix; which helps you diagnose how fast or slow your site is.
With all this experience to choose from, finding the right managed provider for your company might just be a lot easier than you think!