Top 5 Reasons to Choose Managed Hosting

Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a crazy ride…did you know that it’s been predicted that cybercrime costs will reach $8 Trillion this year (if it hasn’t already)? During last year alone, one out of every 61 organizations’ websites, globally, were impacted by ransomware every week. Why? Well, there are a number of reasons, but some of the most common that our IT colleagues will understand are phishing, web application attacks (XSS, SQLI, DDoS), SSL-encrypted threats, malware (viruses, worms, trojans), and ransomware by cyber attackers. Should you panic now? Absolutely not! Website security is critical and available for your website. 

Types of Website Security 

We understand that those predictions sound scary. And IT is a rapidly growing and evolving industry with increasing requirements for clients, as well as efforts to stop hacker attacks (by the way, they occur every 39 seconds in the U.S.). But there are plenty of solutions to ensure the protection of your website and visitors' confidential information. Some of those include installing SSL, using anti-malware software, making passwords uncrackable, keeping your website software up to date, and running regular backups. 

Security is important for not only your nonprofit, but also for every person that visits your website. But what if you don’t know how to fight off hackers? Maybe you aren’t that technically skilled or you don’t have the budget to hire a full service IT team. Don’t worry - you have options.

Hosting Solutions to Protect Your Website

There are many types of website hosting, such as shared hosting, virtual private server, dedicated web hosting, cloud hosting, and managed web hosting. Each of these has their own set of pros and cons. What it boils down to is whether you want to control your web server, or whether you want your hosting provider to manage everything for you. We encourage you to go the managed hosting route, and here’s why.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Managed Hosting

If your nonprofit doesn’t have the budget, team, or bandwidth to handle all the aspects related to website hosting, such as server setup, administration, configuration, management, and support, then managed hosting is the right choice for you. Let’s go over the top five reasons why:

  1. Guaranteed Uptime. Your website needs to be always-on and always available for your donors, volunteers, members, and the community you serve. It can’t just be available when your team’s in the office from 8-5, M-F. If your server goes down, this could negatively affect your nonprofit’s reputation, not to mention cause huge losses in revenue. For excellent website performance and maximum uptime, choose a managed hosting provider with high availability and redundancy.
  2. Expert Support. Issues with your website can occur at any time. You need a service provider that is experienced, technically sound, and available 24/7 to get your issues resolved. It’s great that your nephew likes to tinker with old computers in his spare time. But to be guaranteed quality support and service, choose a managed hosting provider that includes all of that in their hosting plan.
  3. Secure Hosting. As we’ve written above - and maybe even scared you a bit - websites are attacked, always. To keep your website safe and secure, choose a managed hosting provider that offers services beyond the built-in security features. Make sure they provide regular monitoring, log file analysis, and SSL certifications.
  4. Automatic Software Updates. You don’t want your software to get out of date. That would be like playing Atari VCS games instead of PlayStation 5 games. Choose a managed hosting provider that ensures your website’s server remains up to date by regularly carrying out all the security patches and software updates.
  5. Automatic Data Backups. Your website tells the world what your mission is, what values you hold, and how donors and volunteers can help you serve your community. Can you imagine if you lost everything off your website unexpectedly? Talk about a worst case scenario! Choose a managed hosting provider that offers a data backup plan.

So, where can you find reputable, helpful, experienced, service-oriented managed hosting providers?

Benefits of Partnering With OneEach Technologies

Here at OneEach Technologies, our team of experts have been hosting nonprofit websites for over 20 years! We’ve helped customers navigate the challenges of website hosting, like 1000% traffic load increases due to donation traffic (that’s a nice challenge to have, right?). Here are a few more reasons why our customers choose to partner with us:

  • 750+ active customers across the globe
  • 14+ years of Drupal (6 through 8) hosting experience
  • 24/7 critical response 
  • 99.95% uptime SLA

Not to mention, we’re responsible for the hosting, SSL certificates, deployment processes, backups, hardware infrastructure, software, proactive monitoring, and high availability and redundancy. Yes, we check all the boxes! 

Summarizing A Lot of Tech Speak

We’ve given you a lot of information to absorb - hopefully, it wasn’t too overwhelming. We discussed some of the key benefits of managed hosting and why you should choose it over other hosting options. Managing your website hosting all by yourself is challenging and time-consuming. By choosing OneEach Technologies’ Enterprise Hosting, you are free from the burden of managing, maintaining, and securing your servers. Contact us today to discuss how we can completely take care of all your hosting needs.