Hosting and maintaining a website is something that a lot of do-it-yourself’ers often tackle alone. From companies like GoDaddy to local telecommunications companies, everyone offers website hosting services at bottom-of-the-barrel prices. So how do you pick the right one?

Well, it starts with avoiding GoDaddy at all costs and breaking out what your website hosting “must haves” are.

Finding the right hosting provider is imperative to maintaining your websites health. You’re going to want to make sure that it is regularly backed up, updated and secured.

The Two Types of Hosting:

Self Managed Hosting:

Self managed hosting means that you are responsible for directly managing and working with the hosting company to ensure your website is updated, secured and backed up. This also means that you take on the responsibility of regular maintenance needs and troubleshooting any feature issues that are directly related to the servers and databases.

Most hosting providers offer a range of cheap packages (some starting out at $5 a month), but if you go this route, we urge everyone to really research the provider beforehand. Finding out what level of technical support they offer and how much help you have access to if something happens to your website.

Self managed servers are a great fit for business who have an internal technical team or staff that is comfortable with managing and/or communicating with a 3rd party hosting company.

Fully Managed Hosting:

Fully managed hosting means that you hire a company to take care of everything for you. They setup the server, update the core components of the website, perform backups and manage any issues or problems that may arise. A dedicated team that takes care of your websites health.

The overall cost for a fully managed site is slightly higher, but for a lot of businesses the benefits of having everything taken care of outweigh the costs.

This option is a great fit for businesses who need peace of mind but don’t have the time, expertise or desire to troubleshoot potential issues, run manual backups or manage the server.