Do you know what the backup plan is for your current host? Do they, or your current developer, even have a backup plan? What about what version of PHP or MySQL are running? Some hosts run ancient, less-secure and more resource intensive versions, and don’t bother to update the server you’re on - meaning your site is slower and more prone to security incidents. Do you know when your site goes down, or has connectivity issues? Do you have anyone that monitors that for you?
Whether you’re starting out with a new site or looking for a new start for your existing site, consider having Masuga take care of the hosting for you.
Standard Masuga Hosting Plan
Standard hosting includes:
- Fully managed VPS (Virtual Private Server - see more info about that below)
- Professional uptime monitoring, which alerts us if your site is down or non-responsive for any reason
- Daily off-site backups
(Most sites are fine on a standard plan. However, we can consult with you if we determine your site needs anything larger or more advanced e.g. more server space or resources.)
Going through us will save you money each month on the same high-end services you would get by hosting directly. Also, we monitor your site’s uptime (and give you an uptime report each month), as well as provide an advanced backup solution. This plan greatly reduces the risk that your site is down, offline, hacked, or otherwise compromised in any way.
Consider bundling hosting with a monthly Site Care plan, and you have a reliable team taking care of all your website needs so you don’t have to spend any time worrying about it. Spend that time and effort on your business - or with your family!
Why wouldn’t you just directly sign up for a hosting plan yourself?
- If Masuga handles your hosting, we include an uptime monitor that would cost you $15-50 a month by itself. The backup service we utilize would add approximately another $49/mo - not to mention you would be in charge of setting up and configuring these services.
- We can be the point of contact, so you don’t have to open support tickets yourself, or get server notifications that you may not understand or have time to deal with. That’s one less person or company to deal with.
- You have a team of expert web developers making sure your site is hosted on a top-notch platform, is running smoothly, and is backed up regularly.
Why wouldn’t you just host at GoDaddy or some other host that offers $3.99/month hosting?
As they say: You get what you pay for. Cheap, bargain hosts are just that: hosts that will typically put you on a shared server, running older less-secure and more resource-intensive software on the server, and often with less than helpful support systems.
It may help to explain the difference between shared hosting, and having your site run on a virtual private server (which is what your site would be on with us):
VPS versus Shared Hosting
The biggest problem with shared hosting is the limited resources at your disposal. Sharing a server is sharing system resources with other users on one physical machine and that means every user has some restrictions on their service.
You are renting a small portion of a server that is being shared by many other people (potentially hundreds) and their websites. Because all those websites are on the same physical server, it only takes a few larger websites to use up too many resources, and your website is affected leading you to experience diminished hosting performance, that you have no control over.
Another downside is the inability to install modules and programs on the server that you might need in order to run your site. Shared servers are maintained in a way that aims to satisfy the majority of users’ needs while trying to ensure the safety and stability of the server itself. This may cause you problems if you need a module or PHP library for your scripts that isn’t installed by default.
The next logical step once you’ve outgrown shared hosting is a VPS (virtual private server).
A VPS is a private, virtual server that exists on a much more powerful physical machine. Unlike shared hosting, you have a guaranteed allotment of system resources that only you have access to. So, even if there is a much bigger website than yours on another VPS, hosted on the same physical machine, that won’t matter: you’re always guaranteed the system resources that you’re paying for. It is like one big computer, running lots of little computers inside of it.
The cost of VPS hosting has gone down in recent years. Also, many hosts have tiered support, with shared hosting often getting the slowest, least helpful support. If the cost is roughly the same between a VPS and a shared account, there is almost no reason not to use a more reliable hosting set up, particularly for a business account.
The web server and technology we utilize ensures that your site can be served up quickly - and server response times and page speed matter. They matter to mobile users who will continue to browse your site because it’s fast (instead of leaving for a competitor’s site). They matter to search engines like Google, which take page speed into consideration when ranking search results. Shouldn’t you be paying attention to these details, so that you keep a leg up on your competitors?
Contact us today to sign up for hosting, or review our Site Care plans first, and consider bundling one of those monthly maintenance plans with hosting for a powerful plan to help you get the most value from the investment you’ve made in your site.