3 Reasons to Take Web Hosting Into Your Own Hands

As a small business, it’s always a good idea to look out for ways that you can start taking more of your business’s operations into your own hands. One of the more technical things to take control of is your web hosting. Most companies will rely on a web hosting service or even a managed IT services company to help them monitor and make changes to their website. The technical aspects of managing a website can be daunting for anyone that isn’t accustomed to web design and web hosting, especially if they want to add custom features that aren’t offered by most standard web hosts.

 

So in this article, we’re going to offer five convincing reasons why you should consider taking web hosting into your own hands instead of relying on an expensive managed service to do it for you.

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More control over your server

 

Whilst a technical advantage, one of the big benefits of owning your own web host is that you have more flexibility and control over everything. For instance, you’ll have root access to your server which means you can install different types of software and change things as you see fit. Again, this is an advantage that is more suitable for people that understand what they’re doing with a web server. If you currently don’t have a tech specialist on your team then this won’t seem like a big deal, but once you have a dedicated website technician, this will be one of the first things they’ll say when asking you to switch from a managed IT service to your own web server.

 

It’s generally cheaper than a managed service

 

One of the biggest advantages of taking web hosting into your own hands is being able to take advantage of lower costs. A cheap VPS is surprisingly affordable and offers a lot more customization than you might think. This is perfect since it allows you to save money while taking advantage of extra features that you can use either now or in the future when you start to scale up your website and add more features. While managed IT services are great for companies that don’t want to manage their own website, it’s an expense that you can greatly reduce to make your company cheaper to operate. Those savings can then go elsewhere to assist in the growth of your company. However, do keep in mind that you need to have some knowledge of web hosting if you want to take advantage of those savings.

 

No more dealing with poor customer service

 

Managed IT services generally provide excellent customer support, but it’s also important to realize when this support gets in the way instead of being helpful. If you’re waiting a couple of hours for a ticket to be answered then it’s going to slow down your business and could introduce some major problems in the future. When disaster strikes and your website goes down, the last thing you want is to speak with a grumpy staff member that doesn’t help you.

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.
Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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