Contemporary websites are much different from the websites as we know them 10 or 15 years ago. At the time Internet users would find a lot of text and sometimes few images on the web pages. Now we have embbed videos, social network plugin tools, extensive databases and many other components.

Today, most websites are Web 2.0 generation, which means most of them use user-generated content and utilize various usability and interoperability features. In other words, a today’s website us usually integrated and works well with a number of 3rd party services, products, systems, and devices. Unlike the websites, as we knew them 10 years ago, the today’s website must be a mobile friendly and easy to use on various tablet and mobile devices.

The website creation, management and all the maintenance work after a website is launched has always been web designers and developer’s business. Site owners has usually used web hosting providers just as online storage and service repositories for their websites. Automation panels, such as cPanel for example have made the management of any web hosting account and server-side website maintenance relatively easy and the expectations were that more and more people will be able to manage their now website themselves.

This is actually happening with Content Management Systems such as WordPress. It allows site owners to create, publish and edit content in a visual interface which is similar to the most popular Office programs such as Microsoft Word, Open Office or Apple’s iPages. However, with the new opportunities comes a management effort. A maintenance even of a simple WordPress blog requires a lot of work such as securing the website, regular updates of the software applications (plugins) and the WordPress itself, update of the visual templates (design themes) and many other things. Some of them look simple, but updates often result in a crash, which makes the website to stop working properly.

There are two ways to get any technical administration and support for a website - to use the web designer who has created it or to use Managed Web Hosting service. Web Designers usually start working on the next project as soon as they launch any website. Many of them do not offer maintenance services, which would allow the site owners to get a technical support as soon as they need it.

The other option is to use a Managed service from the company that provides the web hosting service. There are certain benefits of going for one.

What is Managed Website service and how it is different from the standard web hosting?

Some websites which have databases and a lot of content use Content Management Systems (CMS). Others are build on simple HMTL code. In someone wants to have a simple presentational website, HTML-based site is a better option as it does not require software updates and it’s code is will be clean and readable by the Search Engines. it will also open faster than the CMS based websites. If a website owners needs to publish a lot of content and organize it, one definitely needs to have a database and to use a CMS.

In both scenarios Managed Web Hosting is a service which outsources the technical and system administration of the web hosting account and website to the hosting provider. The difference between Self-Managed Web Hosting and Managed Websites is that with the Self-Managed service web hosts provide server-side support only.

With the Managed Website services the providers go extra-mile and do client-side support. This means that they manage everything from the HTML code, onsite SEO (Meta Tags optimization and other SEO tasks), CMS and database management, updates, take care of the security of the website and all software apps and do certain website design and coding work for they customers.

The good thing about Managed Website service is site owners save time on technical administration and can focus on their business, while someone who has the knowledge to managed web servers and sites works for them. So, to make it short, even built on WordPress, Managed sites are much better option for those site owners who value their time and want to focus on growing their business.

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