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· Reliable and fast support - a good way to find out response rate and quality of services offered by a web host is to send them an email before you sign up with them. If you receive a good response from your web host then this should give you a good indication of services they are offering.
· Freedom - its important to have as much freedom as possible and having ability to choose from a wide range of services is essential. With managed hosting you might decide that you don't require firewall support, its important that your web host will provide you with option of selecting exactly what you need and what you don't need. Also having ability to pay monthly is a huge advantage. It will be less of a drain on your budget and you can avoid any expensive yearly contracts.
· Fast and reliable connection - You should find out exactly what sort of connection web host has to Internet. By asking web host they should be able to send you their network and connectivity details, you might even be able to find this out on their web site. Also find out where web hosts Network Operations Center (NOC) is located, it is an advantage for web host to have its NOC located in USA as USA has fastest and most reliable internet connection in world.
· Competitiveness - When searching for a managed hosting provider it is important to do your research. Each web host will be offering different managed hosting services all at different rates, you might find that one web host may offer one attractive managed hosting service while another doesn't. However, as many more web hosts are beginning to offer managed hosting, a new competitive market is developing and prices for managed hosting are becoming much more affordable with many more services being offered.
Managed hosting is ideal for new online businesses person, looking to build a large online business, and wanting to avoid extra time and resources spent in-house on managing their dedicated servers. In-turn, managed web hosting has provided a profitable outcome to many online businesses by preventing a waste of valuable resources spent on high skilled employees; months of staff training; and, costs of hardware and software.
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