Managed Cloud Hosting

Managed Cloud Hosting

Managed Hosting is an incredible new Cloud Hosting product by GoferHost that can offer some additional benefits over our other hosting products.  This article will attempt to clearly define what managed hosting is and what benefits it brings over our other hosting products.  You can then decide if this product is right for you.

What is Managed Hosting?

Lots of companies are starting to come out with some kind of “managed” hosting product.  The reason for this, we believe, is because today’s website is generally not a “set-it-and-forget-it” type website.  Even if content doesn’t change, your website still needs maintenance to deal with patching software and dealing with the growing amounts of intelligent automated attacks that all websites get hammered with on a regular basis.

Our definition of Managed Hosting includes the following:

  • Website Setup and Tuning for Security and Speed
  • Making sure software is patched and up-to-date
  • Maintaining off-site and Secure Backups
  • Performing Minor Website Changes
  • (Additional Benefit): Set up CloudFare with RailGun!

Can’t I Just Manage My Website Myself?

Yes, absolutely!  If you are comfortable making sure your website is secure, patched and running smoothly, then any of our other cloud hosting packages would be good for you.  Our managed hosting package is designed for companies and individuals that either don’t fully understand the underlining web technologies or just would rather focus their time on other things that are more important to them.

A Note About Security

We get at least 3 support requests a week asking why did their site get hacked and isn’t security the responsibility of GoferHost?  The answer is yes and no.  GoferHost’s responsibility is to provide a secure operating system and the most secure network we can provide.  There are certain situations where we can’t protect your website.  Two quick examples could be when you use an easily guessable password or give out your password to a 3rd party.  There are many more ways this can happen.

Many website attacks are quiet and the website owners don’t even know it happed.  There are websites right now online with hidden malware links that are so subtle that the website owners do not even know they are there.

In these situations, it is important to have backups so that your site can be restored and the reason for the hack can be investigated and prevented.  Our managed hosting product includes secure off-site backups and we can restore your site back to a healthy status.

Performing Minor Website Changes?

Our managed hosting package includes minor website changes.  Do you need to changes some of the text on your website?  Do you need to replace an image or change a phone number?  Just send us a support request and we can do that for you.  This generally does not include adding pages or any other major changes to your site but can be helpful if you are out of town or just too busy to make the necessary changes.

We actually have many customers that don’t even know how to log into their website.  They just send changes to us and we handle it for them.


Final Thoughts

Managed hosting is a new product offered by GoferHost to give our customers a hands-free piece of mind that their site is secure and protected, backed-up, and running smoothly.  Give it a try today and see how it can improve your website and help take one thing off your mind.

About the Author
Jeff Kershner
Jeff Kershner is a veteran web developer with over 15 years professional experience. He now consults for a few companies and is the Director of Engineering at GoferHost.