4 Things you need to Avoid while signing a Managed Hosting Proposal
Posted: Feb 22, 2016
Now a day’s nearly all business owners are relying on the web and internet technologies not only to improve their efficiency, but also to remove geographical and time barriers to expand their customers across the world. In order to make themselves available 24/7, they either set up an in house infrastructure to run their website, or they can also lease services from a hosting company, providing complete infrastructure and technological support multiple clients. After identifying their business needs entrepreneurs can pick the right kind of service among the multiple available options.
Business analysis is the primary step every entrepreneur should carry out before making the final decision to outsource their data and server machines to a third party. No matter how diligently, an entrepreneur study the available options, there is always a chance to make a mistake. As there are numerous enticing advertisements on the web and newspapers, they might get confused with choices and eventually end up making a wrong choice.
If you are experiencing the same dilemma of choosing the most appropriate hosting company to support your core business functions, it is necessary to understand the service itself you are planning to avail.
After sharing primary features with dedicated hosting, managed hosting can be defined as the extension of dedicated service, in which service provider not only own and accommodate all the required hardware, but also responsible for its functioning and regular maintenance. Machines are totally dedicated to sole customers to provide unmatched data privacy and security.
To attract more customers, most of the hosting services published advertisements studded with packages and services. Being a business owner, it’s your responsibility to carefully read the service contract to understand service types and their terms and conditions. Below I am sharing four common mistakes most of the business owners are tending to make while signing service proposal with a vendor.
Don’t run behind lowest price or free options
Although it’s natural to think about reducing cost, never get fascinated with service providers who are claiming to serve at prices lower than average market price. Rather, you should consider the most expensive option you can afford. If a firm is publicizing to offer services at discounted prices, it will not be able to maintain the service quality for longer durations. They might also lack qualified technical staff all the time to support their system. This may down your site. However, you can initially avail low price services, don’t rely on its forever, especially if the major part of earning is dependent on website performance.
Few clever service providers don’t quote the total price in their offers making it difficult for client to make final decisions. To avoid any hidden fee, consider reading the fine print carefully. Clearly ask about their account setup fee and monthly service charges. It’s better to work with a company that promises to offer service with no surprise pricing, as compared to those who are advertising to give free or unlimited 24/7 services. Totally avoid such fake promises if you want to sleep well without worrying about fluctuating monthly fee.
Claiming for 99.9% uptime
Nearly all the vendors promise to offer uninterrupted services; in reality, it’s not humanly possible. Especially if a hosting company is claiming to offer this unreal uptime with any written proof and guarantees, don’t consider them true. Instead of working with them that claim to offer sensible services with written contracts based on the facts and applicable legal warranties.
Look for Scalable services
Despite being a startup, don’t limit yourself working with small service providers. Soon you will recognize that your needs are growing with the increase in business size. If the service provider lacks the feature of scalability, it will fail to execute your growing needs. This will eventually slow down your website. Keep the bigger vision while choosing a third party service provider. In addition to size also focus on the skills and size of their team. Do they have enough staff to give dedicated attention to every individual client? Keep all these aspects to estimate the capacity of your vendor.
In order to verify the truthfulness of claims made by service providers, it is necessary to observe the feedback from genuine clients. Genuine feed backs always mention with company names. You can track back these reviews and contact with satisfied customers to observe their experiences.
These are a few basic mistakes every business owner should avoid while finalizing to sign a service contract with the managed hosting provider.
Sadaf Najjar is a digital & tech geek who loves to write on technology related topics such as web hosting, cloud, digital trends, internet. Currently, she is attached with a web hosting provider, eHdf.