Why Even A Tech-Savvy Company Can Benefit From Managed Hosting

 

If you have a good grasp of technology, you probably don’t need managed hosting for your servers, right? Not exactly – here’s why.

It’s a common misconception that managed hosting is something meant exclusively for organizations that lack technical expertise. If your organization’s core competencies lie outside those required to run a server, you’re definitely better off bringing in someone to handle things for you. Here’s the thing, though – even if you know your way around hosting infrastructure, it could be beneficial to lean on a host’s expertise.

Fact is, the world’s growing more complicated by the day. IT departments need to manage larger, more extensive networks than at any other point in history. Devices and endpoints ranging from smartphones to smartwatches to IoT hardware are regularly being brought online in enterprise networks, and even the largest organizations are struggling with the challenge of how to secure them.
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Not only that, even if your IT department is competent enough to manage, secure, and configure all your hosting infrastructure, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be better-served outsourcing the task to someone else. There is, after, all, a very good chance that their core competencies lie elsewhere – by leaving them free to focus on those competencies, you will give your business far more room to grow and thrive.

You’ll be able to keep your business more streamlined as well, and avoid having to hire additional support or IT staff to take care of things like dedicated server management or firewall configuration. You’ll be able to forego costs such as hardware maintenance or setup of additional infrastructure, and you’ll be able to keep your monthly expenditures on infrastructure largely predictable – freeing up your budget to spend elsewhere.

Moreover, if you’re operating existing infrastructure, the best hosts will support your transition over to their systems, allowing you to leverage your existing investments to great effect.

Of course, all the above only applies if you choose the right host. You’ll need to practice due diligence here. Pay careful attention especially to their service-level agreement – is there any vague language? Are there any sections that seem a bit confusing? Do they offer decent reparation for downtime?

Take a look at the reviews a hosting company’s received online, as well. What are people saying about them? Do they have a decent reputation?

Finally, make sure the data you’ll be hosting with them will be secure and accessible. Do they offer the level of security your organization requires? Don’t compromise on this one, even if everything else seems perfect.

Liquid Web’s the answer. We offer secure, reliable, fast, and hassle-free hosting, backed by our 100% power and network uptime guarantee and the most helpful support team in hosting. We’ll provide round-the-clock, flawless hosting. And your organization, meanwhile, will have the freedom to create, the opportunity to grow, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you needn’t worry about the increasing complexity of infrastructure management – we’ve got you covered.

Sysadmins: Is Your To-Do System Killing Your Efficiency?

When it comes to working with efficiency, we are our own worst enemies. As an admin, you are no different. The way you handle your work could well be a shot in the foot.

Productivity is hard.

It is not something you can program or configure. Life would be so much simpler if you could simply type in a command and become more efficient – but you cannot. If you truly wish to be better at managing the various threads of your career, you need to work towards it yourself.

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Unfortunately, most of us are really bad at it. As an administrator, you are not exempt from that. On the contrary – your job typically involves juggling so many different things that you cannot afford to be the least bit disorganized.

You need to manage user requests. Ensure systems are up-to-date and monitor for unusual activity. Locate and fix bugs. And most importantly, you have to convince your boss that you are indeed working, and not simply lounging at your desk.

A large portion of what a sysadmin does, therefore, involves prioritization. You need to figure out which tasks cannot wait – which things need to be fixed to keep your organization in working order. And in order to do that, you need to optimize your workflows.

An effective to-do system goes a long way towards accomplishing that (and as an added bonus, it gives your boss a visual guide to what you’re doing at any given time). By that same vein, trying to tackle your work without a management tool or process can feel like trying to bail out a boat with a thimble. Some people might be able to pull it off, sure.

But most of us will barely keep our heads above the water.

What can you do, though? Implementing a management process for your workflow can feel like a struggle in and of itself. Where can you even start?

Here are a few tips to that effect:

  • Start writing project management reports for everything you do – even if you are the only one who reads them. This helps keep you organized, and ensures that if you abandon what you are doing for something of higher priority, you will be able to remember what you were doing when you return.
  • Find a workflow process that meshes with how you already do things. Maintaining a to-do list should not be difficult, and you should not be spending more time planning your work than actually doing it. Methodologies include:
    • Kanban, which visualizes each individual work item and its progress, usually on a physical whiteboard or other such medium. This is one of the most popular workflow management methods, and there are multiple tools that allow you to incorporate it, including Trello and Taiga.io.
    • Scrum. Though it is primarily an agile development framework, you can nevertheless adopt some of its guiding principles into managing your own workday, including transparency, timeboxing, and holding a daily retrospective of your work.
    • Simply maintaining a checklist of tasks which you can check and update daily.  
  • Take the time to breathe every now and then. One common technique for improving productivity involves working in 25-minute bursts, with 5-minute breaks in between.  
  • Automate as much as you can. You should never be spending a great deal of time or efforts on patching, backups, user and group maintenance, DDoS mitigation, or malware scans – these are all things that can be run on their own, only requiring your intervention if something goes wrong.

Staying productive and on-task can be difficult, especially as a sysadmin. You have a lot on your plate. You need to learn to manage all of it, or you are guaranteed to be on the road to burnout.

5 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Web Hosting Provider

5 Signs It's Time to Find a New Web Hosting Provider
It’s a Monday like any other Monday – at least that’s how it starts. But at 11 AM, just as you’re finishing your third cup of coffee, your office phone lights up like a Saturday night in Vegas. Your inbox spits out new emails so quickly that you can’t read the subject line of one before ten more appear. Your mobile phone dances across your desk, buzzing like a hive of angry bees.

A sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, you stare helplessly at your phone, computer, and mobile. Picking one, you answer the mobile. It’s your CTO, and the sick sensation morphs into an outright panic when she explains that everything has crashed. “We’re down, and I don’t know when we’ll be back up,” she says, and you have no response that will make this particular Monday a good day. Continue reading “5 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Web Hosting Provider”

How Reliable Managed Hosting Boosts Your Credibility

The right managed hosting provider gives you the many hands you need to support your clients.
Credibility counts.

When your business has it, it says that your customers can believe what you say and trust you to deliver on your promises. In the increasingly competitive business of web design and digital marketing, it can mean the difference between failure and success for your company. Your credibility will not only help you win over new customers, but help assuage existing customers when they have doubts. It’s the difference between losing your clients when a new, lower-priced option appears and keeping their loyalty and confidence that you’re offering them the best value. Credibility is the most important asset you have.

So how do you build credibility – and how do you maintain it? Continue reading “How Reliable Managed Hosting Boosts Your Credibility”

Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated: How Do You Choose?

Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated: How Do You Choose?
When comparing prices on shared hosting vs VPS vs dedicated hosting, it can seem like a no brainer to sign up for the cheapest option – at a first glance, that is. If you are running a web agency, you aren’t alone in thinking that shared web hosting – often as little as $5 per site monthly – is the most cost-effective solution for your business. But, take a deeper look and you will quickly see how the financial, functional, and emotional benefits of a more robust plan from a managed hosting provider are by far the best bang for your buck.

As a veteran in the hosting world, you are already well aware that with shared hosting your clients’ sites are going to sit on the same server as many others. It’s the most economical, but for a trade-off. It means you have to cope with usage limits, shared bandwidth, and limited administration features. A shared hosting provider will do all the bare minimum work for you to manage your servers, and, as long as your needs are pretty basic, it can provide you with adequate functionality. We use the word ‘adequate’ pretty loosely.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Let’s compare shared hosting vs VPS vs dedicated hosting for performance and security, and see which one comes out on top. Continue reading “Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated: How Do You Choose?”

Are These Common Server Problems Affecting Your Website?

Are These Common Server Problems Affecting Your Website?
From slow loading pages to a complete site crash, common server problems can spell disaster for your business. When clients cannot access your service, they quickly move on to the nearest competitor. Studies have shown that slow loading pages damage brand perception, increase page abandonment rates and can even leave users feeling physically stressed. Downtime is extremely expensive and can hurt your company’s reputation, and interruptions to the working day can reduce your employees’ overall productivity. If you want your business to perform well, you need to be able to count on your IT networks at all times. Continue reading “Are These Common Server Problems Affecting Your Website?”

Why Serious Businesses Monitor Web Service Availability

Why Serious Businesses Monitor Web Service Availability
Ensuring that a web service is always available is the key to making your business accessible to the right audience. When service is interrupted, it can harm business profits, functions, and public reputation. Research has found that for larger enterprises, 90% lose an average of over $100,000 USD for each hour of downtime. If you monitor web service availability as a standard practice, your business can address problems as they arise or to deploy preventative action before trouble even strikes. Companies who wish to be taken seriously online need to have something in place which prevents service downtime. A study found that poor web service is one of the top three negative influencers on potential consumers. Continue reading “Why Serious Businesses Monitor Web Service Availability”

These 3 Managed Hosting Benefits Add Huge Value to Your Website

Managed Hosting Benefits Add Value to Your Website
As an owner of a web agency, there is little to your craft you can’t handle. You’ve proven your domain knowledge, marketing prowess, client management, and leadership skills. You wear many hats and they all look exceptionally good on you. But, even if you can do it all – should you? Running a digital agency, you may feel that managing websites and applications is entirely your domain and should remain in your scope of work. However, the latest and greatest managed hosting benefits can provide services to your business that will strengthen your competitive advantage.

More likely than not, you contribute the most value to your business when you are building and improving your client’s online strategy and designing sites that wow them – not in the office overseeing maintenance to your server and juggling hosting issues. So why not empty your plate? You are going to run yourself thin if you continue to try to manage the many moving and tedious parts that keep your clients’ sites performing smoothly. Instead you may want to take advantage of these three managed hosting benefits. Continue reading “These 3 Managed Hosting Benefits Add Huge Value to Your Website”

Announcing Managed WordPress Hosting From Liquid Web! (Find Us This Weekend At WordCamp US)

Liquid Web Booth at WordCamp US - Managed WordPress Hosting
If you’re planning on attending WordCamp US this weekend, you’ll be witness to the exciting launch of our Managed WordPress Hosting product! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Pennsylvania to celebrate with us – we’ll be happy to celebrate with you virtually! However, if you do see us there, give us a shout!
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