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Top 7 Things To Look For In A Managed Hosting Plan

Author : JackJ Reynolds

Managed hosting is considered to be a type of dedicated hosting where the web hosting companies offer numerous other services in addition to dedicated server.

Since, in the event of dedicated hosting you actually own the dedicated server, maintaining the dedicated server is your own headache. Managed hosting offers a solution by allowing businesses to run websites on dedicated servers without worrying about the maintenance and monitoring of the server. Thus, managed hosting might be easily considered as an extended version of dedicated hosting with added benefits and features.

In the event of managed hosting, you put all your eggs in one basket and thus it is important to consider the following things before selecting a managed hosting plan for your company.

1. Reliable Support

Since all your maintenance and monitoring will be done by the services provider, it is important to find a company which offers 24/7 responsive customer support via phone, email and live chat. Customer support might be tested by sending an email prior to the purchase in order to assess the response time.

2. Flexible Networking

As the applications get more complicated, the needs of business owners in managing servers increase. Thus, make sure that the managed hosting provider offers flexible networking solutions such as load balancers, firewalls and geographic redundancy.

3. Reliable Connections

Before purchasing a managed hosting plan, make sure you know all about the internet connections and internet providers of the managed hosting company. A good managed hosting firm makes use of multiple internet connections and internet providers. This is to ensure the website runs smoothly without any glitches.

4. Regular Backups

A good managed hosting company always provides regular backups so as to protect your data. Also, the provider should have power backups in the form of UPS and generators so as to prevent downtime in the event of power failures.

5. Look For Guarantees

While making a selection for your managed hosting company, make sure the company offers guarantees as this provides an assurance in the event of dissatisfactory services. This also assures the client that the provider cares about their satisfaction and is willing to do anything for customer satisfaction.

6. Freedom

While looking for managed hosting companies, make sure your selected provider offers you enough freedom to choose your own services and features according to your needs. If you need firewall or malware protection, make sure the hosting company offers such solutions. Freedom in the payment options is also a good characteristic as it allows you to match payment schedules according to your business.

7. Look For The Company Profile

Generally, the longer the company has been in the business, the better will be its managed hosting services. Therefore, while making a selection check out the company's profile in terms of the number of years in business, the number of clients and active hosting accounts or if the provider has received any specific hosting awards. This will tell you a great deal about your managed hosting provider.

All the above mentioned characteristics should be present in a managed hosting provider as they depict the quality of the services.

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