There’s a new wave of hosting services emerging on the Internet today. As web designers begin to focus more on the design elements of websites and less on the technical aspects of coding and server administration, the demand for managed hosting services is growing fast. Here are some of the reasons why switching to a managed service might be the right choice for budding designers.
Professional Installation of Themes and Plugins
Any web designer who’s gone through the process of installing WordPress knows that it comes with it’s share of difficulties. Although there is a lot of documentation out on the Internet on how to install WordPress, it’s not always easy to find a reliable source of troubleshooting advice. With constant updates to the core of WordPress, information becomes outdated quickly and that trick you used with WordPress 3, no longer solves problems in WordPress 4. This is only further compounded when you add themes and plugins to the mix. Some developers are slow to catch up with new WordPress updates, so even though you’ve upgraded your site to ensure it’s safety from hackers, one of your plugins may still leave you vulnerable or in the worst case, not work at all. The main advantage to managed WordPress hosting is that the hosting company takes care of all the installs and updates for you. You can rest easy knowing that your website is secure and updated in a timely manner.
Most web designers have dabbled in providing hosting services to their clients. I hosted most of my own clients for the 15 years my business provided web design services and it was a great way to add a little extra income to my bottom line. It was not, however, an efficient use of my time in many cases. I would find myself bogged down with server security issues, email spam problems, and a host of other issues. More often than not, this would turn into hours spent tracking down the resolution to whichever problem had arisen and robbed me of billable time. After a while, that $12 a month wasn’t such a boon to my profit margin.
This is not the case with a managed service. There are no server issues to deal with and no problems to find solutions for. If anything goes wrong in the server environment, a managed hosting provider is notified immediately and most of the time, remedy the problem before it’s even noticed. This makes paying a little extra for managed hosting, well worth the investment.
Managed Hosting Saves You Money
If you were to price out each item in a managed hosting service, you’d find that once you add them all up, the total cost is more than you would pay for a year of hosting. Mozaic Technology provides hundreds of dollars of premium services, themes, and plugins, available to all of their clients for one low monthly fee. There are no more licensing fees to pay or annual renewal fees to keep track of. Your monthly charge covers everything the service has to offer and allows you the freedom to try new plugins you might not be exposed to in your normal work routine. The Mozaic Hosting Platform gives each designer the freedom to enable or disable most of the plugins in the system. You have complete control over all aspects of your website without the giant price tag of licensing all the plugins and themes on your own.
Managed Hosting Saves You Time
The average time to setup a hosting account, install WordPress, install a theme, and install plugins is around 2 hours. 2 hours without any issues or problems that might rob you of your time. In my experience building and hosting websites, whenever I had a client that insisted on using their own hosting, there was always a new issue that would arise and eat into the setup fee that I was charging. I have no idea how many hours I’ve spent researching WordPress issues with specific hosting companies and working with the host to come to resolution just so I could start building a site. Each time I would take on something new, there would be extra time expended learning a new system. This is a huge benefit to hosting with Mozaic Technology. We offer plans and pricing so you can have your own private hosting space used only by you and your clients. There’s no need to relearn on a new system, ours is consistent and stays true to our motto of making things easy so you can succeed as a web designer. We’ve got your back!
Managed Hosting Provides You With A Support Team
The beauty of Managed Hosting Services with Mozaic Technology is that you have a team of individuals backing you up when you need it. We can provide you with server specs and detailed information about our services for you to include in your proposals and bids for clients. Our staff is here to help you succeed with your website, and your client’s websites a well. We want to make sure you have the best chance for success with your online presence.
That just about sums it up! Managed WordPress hosting may seem like a bigger investment than standard hosting, but I’m sure you’ll find that it pays off big in the end. The support, updates, and management from Mozaic can free up your time so you can focus on managing your clients, instead of managing a server.