Managed Hosting Myths: Debunked

When your company is starting to grow,  you reach a point where you realize you need a solid online presence. So you look into managed hosting.

After researching web hosting and learning the basics, you now know that your website needs a place where all its data can be safely stored and accessed by visitors. You now know that that location is called a server and web host. Hosts offer their web hosting services, provide servers where companies and individuals keep and manage their websites.

But maybe you have a few doubts and have stumbled across a few misleading headlines about hosting that you need clearing up. No worries, we’re here to clear everything up. Here are five myths you might believe about web hosting.

It’s pricey 

One of the biggest myths about web hosting is that it’s super expensive and out of your price range. This simply isn’t true, there are many different types of web hosting plans with wildly different price points to suit everyone. 

Hosting companies know that different companies have different needs so they scale their offerings accordingly. 

Here is a brief overview of the different options

Shared Hosting  – Shared hosting is ideal for brochure sites, blog sites, test sites, and for companies who are just looking for an entry-level web presence.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) – Virtual Private Servers are a great option for businesses that have outgrown shared hosting and want to have dedicated resources at an affordable cost.

Dedicated Server/Managed Hosting – Colocation allows you to move your servers into the safe environment of a securely managed data centre whilst still retaining complete control over your servers.

Cloud Hosting – Businesses will often move over to a cloud hosting platform when they have been having hardware failures and frustrations that are impacting their business.

To find out more about the different types of hosting, read our simple guide to choosing the right hosting.

When choosing your server, the important thing is to know your website’s needs. Once you do, you can begin comparing prices and features that meet them. We always recommend talking to a hosting specialist who can help you pick the right plan for your needs.

You need a professional web developer

Many sites recommend getting a professional web designer to build your website first. Web designers are a great resource as they code beautiful websites from scratch but they are not in everyone’s budget. 

Don’t worry, not having a web developer won’t stop you from building your website. 

Content Management System (CMS) applications such as WordPress make web building easy, even if you know nothing about coding. They allow you to create sites using pre-built themes.

When it comes to sorting out your hosting, hosting companies can help you with the technical side, from their in-house experts, to easy to use systems and producing informative articles to guide you.

You can’t switch hosts

Another false belief some have is that once you’ve chosen a host, subscribed to the right package and bought and registered your domain name through this host, you are stuck with them forever. Which just isn’t true. You can change hosting providers whenever you want. You just need to know-how.

Moving a website is just a matter of backing up all the data from the first host, uploading it to the second, and then transferring the registration of your domain name. 

Changing hosts will involve:

Signing up with a new host: It’s important to do this and make all the transfers before cancelling your subscription with the host you’re leaving.

Downloading/Exporting all files and databases: Remember you’re moving all the contents of your website to a new server, so you will need to back up your website and all those files and databases to be moved. Be aware that some web building platforms do not allow you to download or export your existing site files. Uploading/Importing all files and databases: Everything backed up from the previous host should now get added to the new host.

Running tests on the new website: To ensure that everything is functioning as it should. – Read more

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The Benefits of Cloud for Remote Working

The implementation of the Government’s ‘Plan B’ to cope with the spread of the omicron variant means that businesses are, once again, having to ask employees to work from home. As we don’t know how long this will last or whether it might happen again, companies need a solution that will quickly enable them to switch seamlessly between on-site and remote working. Here we explain why the cloud is the best solution and the benefits of using it for remote working.

Why cloud is the best solution

Quite simply, when you run applications in the cloud, they are available online. This means that employees can access business systems, software, files, data and communications from wherever they have an internet connection – in the office or at home. Here are the main benefits of using the cloud for remote working.

1. Work from anywhere at any time

Cloud doesn’t just enable people to work from home, it enables anyone within your organisation to work from anywhere with an internet connection. While the current requirement to work from home might be the main priority at present, further down the line, it opens up new opportunities. Businesses can recruit staff who live further afield, they can offer more flexible working conditions and employees on the road, such as sales teams, can access systems where ever they are. What’s more, in the cloud, applications can run 24/7, enabling greater access and flexibility.

2. Staying productive

One potential downside of remote working is that it can be hard to make business decisions because not being in the office makes it difficult to arrive at a consensus. The benefit of the cloud is that its built-in connectivity enables teams to access the resources they need to make those decisions. Data is available in real-time, accessible by all who need it and discussions can take place using a growing range of online communications channels, including video conferencing. This enables people to make consensual decisions and keeps the business productive.  – Read More

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Are you ready for private cloud?

Are you wondering what a private cloud server is? Confused as to the difference between private cloud computing and public cloud hosting, and unsure which solution will suit you?

Cloud computing has benefits for many companies, but it is easy for those considering adopting the cloud to get confused with different offerings available. We want to help you choose the right solution for your business by giving you a breakdown of the different options, starting with private cloud solutions.

Private cloud servers are for the sole use of the business purchasing the platform. The private cloud solution will consist of redundant switches, firewalls, servers (nodes), and SAN storage. The main benefits for purchasing this type of solution are:

Complete control

You can have complete control of the infrastructure and virtual servers, giving you the ability to design the platform to your precise needs and you can create virtual servers as you wish.

Scalability

Companies need to invest in a hosting solution that can grow with them. As your business grows, your private cloud requirements will too. It’s important that you scale up these resources without disruption to you. Similarly, if you require less from your virtual private cloud, you need the ability to scale back on its resources to cut costs. 

With a private cloud you will have access to an easy to use GUI (Graphical user interface), to manage the server requires, create and delete server, and overall server management.

Runtime

Your private cloud needs to operate 24/7, this is where managed services can help. With a private cloud, your services are constantly running and your managed hosting provider fixes any problems that arise within the infrastructure, without disrupting your business. – Read more

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