A Managed Hosting Company Saves Money For Businesses

Managed Hosting Services

New and expanding businesses have lots of capital expenses. One way to reduce a business' cash outlay is by engaging a managed hosting company to handle its online presence.

With so many cheap deals for Internet hosting available, the cost of service from a managed hosting company can seem large in comparison. However, when compared to money spent on buying hardware and software and hiring or training staff to run a company website, managed hosting is clearly more cost-effective and efficient.

Managed hosting provides the client with a dedicated web server along with qualified administrators for technical support and maintenance. With this type of arrangement, companies can concentrate on their core competencies and not have to add on highly specialized Internet skills at the same time they're trying to build business.

There are three primary criteria to consider when choosing a managed hosting company: type of managed hosting, plan features and price comparison.

When it comes to managed hosting types, company leadership should decide whether it needs fully managed hosting, or whether there are employees who can handle a portion of website management duties such as content. Fully managed web hosting generally is best for most small to medium size companies where budgets are tight and staff is at a premium. It's far better to hire an expert to run the company's website than to rely on an employee who updates the site after all his or her other duties are complete.

The key to getting the best fully managed hosting is to compare the features of each candidate's plan. For starters, make sure a managed hosting company's plan really does cover all the administrative duties necessary to keep the server performing continuously. Next, look at bandwidth and disk space, since these two technical capacities are the clearest factors that determine how fast and how well the site will run for customers. It's also smart to compare technical support, customer access through interfaces such as control panels and sign-up incentives such as Google, Yahoo and other advertising credits.

Once three or four likely candidates have been identified, it's time to do serious research comparing the fine print of their contracts with the prices of their managed hosting plans. Double-check that "full administration" description, as well as actual costs, any additional fees for special services and any pre-payment discounts or contract termination fees.

If possible, get a six-month contract to start, to make sure that the client and the web host are truly compatible in terms of services and performance. Above all, don't sign a multi-year contract, no matter how good the per-month cost may seem. Conducting business on the Internet means being free and flexible to make changes as fast as possible, and multi-year contracts are a major roadblock to such improvement.

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