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Have you ever heard of terms like Dedicated, Shared, and Managed hosting and wondered what they mean?
Shared hosting is the most wallet-friendly type of hosting that most businesses start with. Just like you would share an apartment with several other people, you share the hosting server with other users. Shared hosting is recommended for new sites or beginners as it's the most economical. However, there are a few downsides to this type of hosting. As you're sharing the hardware/software and bandwidth of the server with thousands of other users, the service will be slower and unpredictable.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. In a nutshell, VPS is an advanced version of shared hosting. Think of it as instead of sharing an apartment with four roommates you now have a condo. You still share a few facilities with a few other people, but you're mostly living alone. With VPS hosting, you're still sharing the server with other websites, but your site has its own "partition" on the web server. With dedicated hosting, you have the entire web server to yourself. There are no roommates, and you're not sharing any facilities with other people. You own your own home. Dedicated hosting is recommended for websites that get a lot of traffic, and that need better security. The downside of this hosting is the cost. Because you don't share the server with other users, you alone are responsible for the cost of running the servers.
In managed hosting, a service provider will lease web servers and associated hardware to you and manage those systems on your behalf. It's like having a property manager that's taking care of everything for you. Companies that offer managed hosting provide an excellent hosting environment, excellent features, and employ staff with expertise and experience.
Let's discuss managed hosting in more detail.
Many business owners would say that managed hosting is the best type of hosting. You have a team of experts watching over your website at all times. Their job is to make sure your site is always optimized, backed up, and protected.
Managed hosting is a combination of technology and support. It's entrusting your website, the applications that run your business to a third-party supplier. That third-party supplier manages the administration, management, and support of your site's infrastructure that is housed in a data center owned by the provider. The company employs a skilled team of professionals who will be taking care of your site for you.
A hosting provider will help you perform the essential IT tasks that you can't or don't have the time to complete. Or maybe you lack the resources to perform this complex work in-house. Whatever your reason, the provider will continually manage and optimize your site's infrastructure.
The main choice you'll have to make when shopping for a new hosting plan is to choose between managed and unmanaged hosting.
Many people go for the do-it-yourself unmanaged hosting as it's dramatically cheaper. It's less pricey as there's no management, i.e. no routine support. Your hosting provider will reboot servers, maintain the network, and replace failed parts. However, it won't support your software or install any functionalities for you. The work will be on you to install SSL certificates, fix error messages, and install new features.
On the other hand, managed hosting does all the work for you. Whether you have issues with security or installing updates, the host will offer support for every problem or emergency. In most cases, managed hosting services include automated backups, monitoring, server setup, malware scanning and removal, security sweeps, and more. These additional features are the "manage" part of the term "managed hosting".
The cost of managed hosting can cost you anywhere from $30/month to more than $500 per month. The price varies and depends on:
When you opt for managed hosting services, you will receive all the basic features that you would usually get with an unmanaged hosting plan. Some features you can add include:
What’s more important to you: low cost or fewer maintenance tasks?
If your answer is fewer maintenance tasks, then managed hosting should be your choice!
Managed hosting is an option for busy professionals that don't have the time but have the extra money for someone else to keep their website hosting in order.
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