When setting up your business website, web hosting is one of the most important considerations, determining the success of your website. The more obvious and common choices are at places like GoDaddy and BlueHost. Who hasn’t seen their crazy commercials during Super Bowl? But we would like to introduce you to the thought of choosing a smaller hosting company. We at Distillery Creative think there are more advantages to hosting with a small company rather than with a conglomerate such as GoDaddy. When given the opportunity we always host our customers with Armorlight Managed Hosting.
What is Managed Web Hosting?
Managed hosting is typically a form of dedicated web hosting, whereby the the hosting provider owns the hardware and leases it use to a single client; however, it differs from other forms of dedicated web hosting in that the hosting provider offers the additional services of the day-to-day management and maintenance of the servers. When you buy a hosting plan from GoDaddy or BlueHost, you only get a space to dock your website. Managed hosting not only provides a web space to build your website on, but it also provides managed services like setup, migration, installation, and backups for your website.
With a managed hosting company you also receive quicker customer service. This is really important for us as web developers.
If your website is hosted at large companies such as GoDaddy, and it gets too much traffic and blocks users from visiting your site, or it goes down for some reason, it typically is the result of an error on the part of your hosting company. In such a situation, we at Distillery Creative have no control over getting it back up and operational. That is always the job of the hosting company.
We prefer working with small managed hosting companies because often they predict changes or problems before they happen, and they can fix them much more quickly and efficiently than a large hosting company.
Here’s an analogy for you. Lets say you hire an interior decorator to spruce up your home, and she specs new paint colors for your walls, new light figures, and new furniture. Beautiful! But you decide you don’t want to pay a contractor to fix the cracked foundation, the leaking faucet, or the overflowing toilet. In order for your home to stay safe and beautiful, it needs important maintenance, monitoring, and a solid foundation. Your hosting is a part of that solid foundation. When the beautiful website we make for you crashes or loads slowly, it’s usually because it is hosted with a large company that is maximizing its server space with several websites on one server. This is called shared hosting.
What is Shared Web Hosting?
Think of a large apartment complex or high-rise. Your website is a unit in the building. Shared Hosting is a platform in which one physical server and its available resources are shared among hundreds of sites and users. If your neighbor’s apartment catches fire, your apartment is at risk. While this option keeps costs low it impacts performance for all sites when at its peak. The problem with this form of hosting is that the health of the websites sharing the same server as you affect your website’s speed and vulnerability. If another website hosted on the same server as yours gets a large influx of users and goes down, it’s likely your website will go down also.
What is a Virtual Private Server?
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine with it’s own scalable resources. A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system, and the customer has superuser-level access to that operating system instance allowing them to customize, harden security on, and manage the number of sites to resources available. A VPS requires advanced technical knowledge to setup your web server.
Armorlight Managed Hosting bridges the gap between Shared Hosting and VPS giving you the performance, security, and reliability of a VPS without the expertise needed to maintain it. We limit our VPS services to a small handful of sites and increase our available resources to match the needs of our customers. Our servers use enterprise-grade security, encryption, and bank-level authentication keeping your data safe at all times. Each site is treated as our own giving our customers satisfaction and peace of mind.
The Benefits of Hosting Small!
The combination of the pros of a Virtual Private Server and Shared Hosting together keep costs low, our resources high, and provide the best-in-class support for every single website. Hosting is something that most business owners may think of as unimportant to the health of your website, but to us as developers and designers, superior web hosting supports our efforts to bring the latest technology to our web design.
In addition to a Basic Managed Hosting plan that Armorlight Managed Hosting provides, we at Distillery Creative offer a Complete Managed Hosting package. Our Complete Managed Hosting includes services like daily backups, monthly and sometimes daily plugin and CMS updates, security checks, and proactive monitoring for each website. Some of these services are optional, but we highly recommend them to all our clients. Contact us to learn more about how Distillery Creative Marketing Group can improve your website’s performance with our hosting plan.