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Why should I pay for web hosting? – Here are the Reasons

Uptime (Reliability)

Reliability is extremely important for both free and paid services, but you should only expect any real reliability with a paid hosting plan. It’s likely that you’ll want your website to operate 24/7, and you’ll only get that from a web host with reliable servers and stable network connections. Before you decide on a host, check out its uptime history. You can read reviews and check their advertised uptime guarantees.

A site that is hard to reach or frequently down loses visitors, customers, and can hit revenue hard. If someone finds your site and tries to access it only to find that it’s unavailable, they won’t hesitate to go to a competitor site. Slow access is also very frustrating for dedicated visitors (and for you also, when you upload new content).

Traffic/Bandwidth

Read and understand any limitations placed on the bandwidth you use and select an appropriate plan. If your site is going to incorporate video, audio, or other elements that require a higher level of bandwidth, you want a plan that matches your needs.

Control Panel

The purpose of a control panel is to allow you to manage various aspects of your website’s hosting account yourself. You should expect a control panel from a commercial host so you can perform everyday maintenance tasks without having to wait for technical support to make simple changes. A ‘cPanel’ provides a simple dashboard to manage email addresses, account passwords, and basic server configurations. It can be time-consuming to go through a technical support operator or be obliged to pay an additional fee each time you want to perform simple admin tasks.

Multiple Domains Hosting

It’s common to own more than one domain, they’re cheap these days, and it’s hard to resist owning a few. In this case, you need to accommodate extra domains with extra hosting space. To simplify the hosting process, it’s possible to host more than one domain from a single account. Each separate website hosted on the same account is called an add-on domain. Most shared hosting providers allow addon domains. It’s advisable to check in advance how they charge for it.

Cost

With web hosting as with everything, you often get what you pay for. If you have a basic website not expecting a large amount of traffic, expect to pay between $10 to $150 per year for shared hosting. Higher capacity hosting plans can start at $150 and go up from there.

Most commercial hosts offer the flexibility to choose how you want to pay with monthly and annual payment plans; the latter gives you a cheaper rate. Once you’re reassured they offer a reliable service, you can switch to the cheaper annual payments, or switch hosts quickly if they don’t meet your expectations.

Finally, let’s discuss renewals. If you’re satisfied with the price of a package, check the price for renewals. It’s a norm in the industry to offer low signup prices but charge much higher amounts on renewals. Unless you are ok with switching between hosts every few years, renewal prices are unavoidable.

Email

If you want to host email accounts alongside your website, check that your host allows you to set up the email addresses you want on your domain – before signup. It looks a bit shabby to have a random email address not associated with your domain: How much more professional does info@yourdomain.com sound over info.yourdomain@gmail.com?

In the case that emails are provided, it’s not a big deal. There are other ways to get your hands on an email account at your own domain name.

Technical support

Things can go wrong at the most inconvenient of times so best to check your host has 24/7/ 365 professional support. You’ll want someone there to throw you a lifeline when you press the S.O.S button and to know the person picking on the other end is technically equipped with the knowledge to help you, there and then. To get a feel for this, read online reviews with accounts of real customer experiences.

There will be times when you have a non-urgent query. You might want to solve it in your own time while getting a better handle on your server settings. Does the host have a knowledge base or FAQs to browse to help advance your understanding? Whether you prefer to chat over the phone or rather have comprehensive documentation at hand to solve problems yourself – check they are available.

Managed Cloud Hosting and its Advantages

Cloud Hosting has taken the hosting world by storm. From the initial hesitation among users to adopt the Cloud technology in hosting, Cloud Hosting has come a long way. Due to the massive adoption by large organizations and the host of benefits it offers, Cloud Hosting is touted to be the future of web hosting.

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud Hosting is a type of hosting where the data of your website is stored across multiple servers. This is a fundamental departure from any type of traditional hosting where all the website data is stored in just a single server. There are many types of traditional hosting methods where multiple websites are housed in a server, but in Cloud Hosting, the website data is housed in multiple servers. This ensures a high level of data redundancy and data protection.

What is Managed Cloud Hosting?

Managed Hosting is a type of hosting plan that web hosting companies offer. It’s a type of offering where your web hosting company will look after the management, administration, and security of your part of the server. 

In essence, that means that you just choose whatever plan you want and the operating system you’re comfortable with and leave the rest to the web hosting company. The web hosting company employs qualified system administrators and web security experts to take care of all the other system management and server upkeep needs. 

Advantages of Managed Cloud Hosting

Server monitoring

This is one of the biggest benefits of Managed Cloud Hosting. Server monitoring is a prevention strategy for cyberattacks that’s implemented by scanning all the files in the server and checking for any abnormalities. 

Server monitoring enables system administrators to find points of failures and inherent vulnerabilities in the server setup. Once a problem has been detected, steps can be taken to mitigate it. 

Reliability and overall security

Even without opting for Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting is a very secure form of hosting, thanks to its architecture. As mentioned earlier, in all forms of traditional hosting, the data of a website is stored in one server. If there’s a successful cyberattack on the server or if there’s some sort of hardware failure and it leads to a server crash, your website will crash too. 

With Cloud Hosting, that problem will not occur. Your website data isn’t stored in one server, to begin with. It’s stored on multiple servers. So, if a server fails, for whatever reason, there will be no discernible effect on your website. The data from the other servers will be made available to keep your website up and running. 

If you opt for Managed Cloud Hosting, you add another layer of security to your website. Security professionals use varied and powerful tools to prevent attacks in the first place. These tools include malware scanners, DDoS prevention applications, enterprise-level antivirus, and so on. Security professionals also periodically conduct audits and update all firewalls, making your website truly secure. 

Pricing

Cloud Hosting isn’t the cheapest hosting method. Additionally, Managed Hosting plans are slightly more expensive than non-managed hosting plans. So, it might seem counterintuitive that pricing is listed as an advantage. 

The reason is that it’s a lot more expensive to manage your website on your own. A lot of the tasks mentioned above, like server monitoring, malware scanning, server monitoring, etc., need expertise. If you’re not an expert in web hosting, you’ll have to pay experts to do these jobs for you if you want a secure and reliable website. This expertise isn’t cheap. 

Additionally, these aren’t one-time costs. They are continuous expenses, meaning that you may even have to end up hiring a dedicated IT team. All that is far more expensive than simply paying a little more to your web hosting company for a Managed Hosting plan. Thus, Managed Cloud Hosting is highly cost-effective. 

Disaster recovery and backups

Cloud Hosting, as mentioned earlier, is quite reliable and secure. However, this is no reason to neglect data backup and disaster recovery strategies. Irrespective of how good your web hosting company is and how great your web hosting plan is, you will, at some point, need backups. It’s best to stay ready for that. 

While it is possible to implement a data backup strategy on your own, it’s not all that straightforward. Additionally, backups have to be taken routinely to ensure that your backup is always up to date, and in case of data loss, you have the latest copy of your website at your disposal. 

With Managed Cloud Hosting, your hosting company will take care of creating, maintaining, and updating backups, making your life that much simpler. 

Opportunity cost

Students of business management are better equipped to talk about opportunity cost, but it refers to the potential losses you incur doing one task while you actually should be concentrating on something else.

The primary goal of any business is to grow, expand, and become stable. As a website owner, that’s probably your aim too. So, your primary task is growing your core business. But maintaining a website is something that will take up a lot of time too, and while maintaining your website, you’re not growing it. 

The advantage of Managed Hosting boils down to one thing – it takes website management off your hands and allows you to concentrate on actually growing your business. Now, if you have an IT team in-house, you don’t need Managed Hosting. 

Even if you’re a web hosting expert, having Managed Hosting makes sense because it allows you to grow your business and not worry about routine maintenance, updating applications, creating backups, and things like that. You leave such tasks to the professionals and concentrate on your business. 

Conclusion

Managed Cloud Hosting isn’t the cheapest way to host your website. A Shared Hosting plan is cheaper, but the combination of Cloud Hosting and Managed Hosting is hugely beneficial for high-traffic, growing websites. 

Cloud Hosting enables your website to be safe, fast, and reliable. Managed Hosting ensures that you don’t have to deal with the nitty-gritty of website management.