There inevitably comes a time in every business’ life that it needs to begin paying for someone to manage managed services for its website. This may be construed as a bad thing, but it’s actually something very good! This shows that the business is in fact growing so much that they can’t keep control of their website, and that their current server settings cannot handle the traffic of everyone visiting its website.
So, when should one consider getting managed services? Or better yet, what kind of web hosting should the business choose? These are both questions that need to be asked, especially if the first question is already answered by the business! However, in general, a business should begin to pay for a second party to manage their servers if the business website can no longer handle the volume of traffic and if the business no longer is able to or wants to devote enough time to manage and control it itself. The second question, the one concerning the type of web hosting a business should get, is the more difficult to answer. So, what are the best types of hosting available?
The main types are as follows: shared hosting, dedicated hosting, VPS, and cloud. The first, shared hosting is the cheapest. This may be the type you want if you do not require a lot of control over the settings on the server, such as the format of it. It is one of the most popular kinds because it is so cheap, but it certainly does have its limitations. It’s like renting a room from somebody. You can live there and sleep there, but you have to share the kitchen, and share the washroom, and every other part of the house, and you’re always going to be running into other foot traffic inside.
The second kind of hosting are called dedicated servers. These are the most expensive type of hosting, and this is because you are renting an entire server for yourself, your one website. This is not recommended for smaller businesses but only for large ones with very specific needs for their website. You can liken it to renting a very large house in a great area of the suburbs, perhaps. You have no one to share it with you, and you can do whatever you want to the house to personalize it.
The third is VPS, which means that it is virtual. It’s like renting an apartment. You all share the building, but you get all of the advantages of the dedicated server. This can be a great choice. Finally is the cloud, which is perhaps the most simple: you pay for as much as you use every month. Ultimately, knowing when to get a second party to manage your servers can be tricky, but if you want a website created or don’t want to manage one yourself anymore, hiring another business to do this for you can be a great idea, especially with the assortment of different choices.