What is a managed web hosting provider? Here are eight key criteria to check before making a decision
In 2018, as web and cloud hosting services are becoming mainstream IT services, managed web hosting and cloud providers can make the difference between the success and failure of your online presence which could range from a simple web hosting website or a multi-tiered e-commerce application which requires elastic computing resources.
Organizations with limited IT skills may find managing their websites a difficult and time-consuming affair. Therefore, the need for managed web hosting comes into play. A managed cloud hosting provider offers its customers big economies of expertise. The provider’s engineers manage the customers’ compute, storage, networks, and operating systems, along with the tools and application stacks that run on top of that infrastructure. Security, backups, technical support, patching and scalability are all part of the managed providers bouquet of services and ensure that the client can outsource such activities and focus on their core activities instead.
As the web hosting marketplace is crowded with web hosting providers of all types, choosing a proven managed service provider for managing your website is a complicated and sometimes a confusing process. We provide a checklist of eight key criteria for managed hosting providers which are essential for to select the managed hosting provider who can meet your expectations and provide your website with the scale-up features it needs to ensure a seamless scale-up of your web services:
1. Pay as you go plan for hosting services
Managed web hosting can be an expensive asset to sustain in the long run. To make it viable for your organization look for plans which give you the flexibility to pay as per your usage. Jelastic PAAS is one such cloud platform where you pay only for the actual consumed resources and not for the provisioned resources.
2. Managed WordPress Hosting
WordPress CMS is amongst the most popular and feature rich CMS available and it is has a market share of over 60% of all online Content Management Systems (CMS) available online. Managed WordPress hosting can be a good option reason being you can now shift your complete focus on creating the content than managing your website. From regular updates to securing your website managed web hosting providers will cover it all for you.
3. Network Latency Matters
One of the key things in a website is its loading time. Latency is the time taken for the host server to receive and process a request for a web page. It largely depends upon how far is the visitor from the host server. Even a lag of few seconds might end up in losing your visitors. So it’s always advisable that the server is located near your target audience.
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4. Scalable Cloud Hosting Platform
When we talk about scalability there are two alternatives that come to our mind – dedicated server hosting and cloud hosting. While dedicated server hosting is more viable for larger organizations, small and medium organizations may prefer something that is more affordable and viable in the long run and the solution is to have a scalable cloud hosting platform. The best thing about having a scalable cloud hosting platform is that it helps you scale up or scale down as per your needs letting you pay as per your usage. The downtime is also minimal as there are alternative servers available for backup.
While setting up a cloud hosting platform requires some thought in splitting up the hosting components into separate components so that they can be scaled up independent of each other, the performance and redundancy which this offers to clients are well worth the effort.
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5. Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Managed web hosting providers deploy CDN or Content Delivery Network solution which plays an important role in the Internet Infrastructure. When a browser makes a DNS request for a domain name handled by CDN the server located closest to the geographical location comes up. Large companies keep copies of their data in strategic geographical locations around the world to improve their user experience. These are called CDN’s as they are closest to the company’s network to the end-user. Having a CDN solution for caching your website static content like images, videos and other associated content on a global network of servers will improve your website availability, performance and also free up your server resources to make your website perform better.
Know more about CDN from Cloudflare.
6. Containerise your application
Docker an open-source container technology consisting of an entire runtime environment allowing software to run successfully. What makes containers more popular is its highly efficient, cost-effective, faster and easier to manage.
Similar to Docker, Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications that was originally designed by Google and donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
7. Need For PAAS
While with standard web hosting the developer has to get burdened with a number of responsibilities from building and maintaining the web hosting infrastructure. But with Platform as a Service web developers can get the tools and applications to make it easier for developing and deploying complex web applications in a few steps, reducing the complexity for such activities and reducing the time to launch and update web applications.
Web hosting and PAAS providers who can offer advanced application management and deployment tools will have an edge in offering more sticky solutions to their clients.
8. Open Source Computing Rules
Majority of the websites are hosted on Linux – an open source OS. The primary reason being open source platforms provides more flexibility to the developers. Open source technologies like Redhat, Ubuntu, etc. will continue to foster innovation and new technologies through community-driven initiative and managed providers who can leverage opensource solutions land provide solutions using such technologies will be able to provide robust and cost-effective solutions to their clients. It cannot be understated that the world’s leading Cloud Provider – AWS has its virtualization platform built on a modified version of XenServer – which is an opensource virtualization platform.
At Diadem Technologies, we leverage our deep expertise in web hosting to provide our clients with managed web hosting and cloud services which ensure that our clients can run their operations without worrying about the underlying software or hardware infrastructure and the associated efforts in managing the same. To know more about how we can help you to evolve your web hosting service to the next level, please drop us an email.