A hosting account is equivalent to the space that you rent out to have your business in. You have bookshelves for your books & files, your desk, a mailbox, etc. Without a hosting account, when a visitor goes to your site, nothing will come up. It’s the equivalent of someone calling your business number that has been disconnected. To put it simply: You need to have a hosting account if you want to be online.
There are two types of hosting accounts available to most people: Shared Hosting & Managed Hosting. In a shared hosting account, you share a server with thousands of other clients, this is why the costs are typically $5.00 per month, sometimes even cheaper. In a shared hosting account, you are 100% responsible for maintaining your website, updating your accounts, creating e-mail addresses, fixing hosting account issues, and so on. When something goes wrong, the company will often times say “This is outside our course and scope, please contact a developer.”
If your website is hacked, damaged, or puts the other accounts at risk, often times you get evicted withing 24 hours.
In a “Managed Hosting” platform, which is what we offer, we handle all of the issues with your hosting account & website. You can think of Managed Hosting as a concierge service where we handle all the technical aspects of running your hosting system. This includes running security checks, ensuring your website is up to speed, install security updates, fix dangerous website errors, backup your website, and help you scale and grow your website. We make sure you don’t get evicted over night leaving your customers wondering what happened.
– Managed Hosting is not to be confused with website changes & modifications. If you need to add more pages, change the wording of your site, update a logo, change pictures and content, there are fees associated with those changes. Managed Hosting only makes sure that everything on your account stays up to speed.