Why Go for Managed Hosting

Businesses would really prefer not to be spending too much time on the technical side of managing their websites unless of course that is the business they are in. Most can readily appreciate other options if they are available. Fortunately, there are and one is Managed Hosting.

Running the technical side of a website without proper management is like negotiating a busy intersection without working traffic lights. There maybe lots of traffic but the site may not be able to handle it suitably to maximize potential therefore resulting to possible chaos. It makes perfect business sense to delegate tasks to people who can effectively handle them. That is why going for managed hosting can prove beneficial to many.

What is Managed Hosting?

In Managed Hosting, the hosting provider owns the required hardware which is leased to a single client. It is essentially a form of dedicated hosting wherein the hosting provider is in charge of the day-to-day management of the servers. Expected service would generally include sever monitoring, security, full back-up and storage, server configuration and maintenance, and support.

Managed hosting services do not come in a uniform package and services may differ between providers. Website owners and hosting providers can actually agree on the specific services required. In this way, owners can be assured that they are not paying for services they don’t need and focus is placed on what they actually need.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Managed Hosting

1. Cost

It can be argued that the services offered in Managed Hosting can be performed by a skilled IT personnel within a company. This is of course true but both will incur costs. It is up to the company itself to determine what would prove more cost-efficient for them.

2. Skill and Expertise

Skill and expertise in handling related concerns to hosting can be offered by hosting providers. That should be a given or else there is no sense in considering the option. Again, taking advantage of this skill and expertise equates to cost. A reliable hosting provider that provides excellent managed hosting services at a reasonable cost  is well worth the money in exchange for peace of mind.

3. Security

One of the main concerns of any business website is security. Hosting providers should be equipped with the required tools specifically with server security related issues. They have the capability of scanning the operating system and application for any sign of vulnerabilities. Hosting providers can also guarantee back-up for any eventuality as to lost data.

Self-managed hosting is very doable if you have the time to put in the necessary effort to do it but Managed Hosting certainly offers a more convenient option at a cost.

U.S. vs. Japan Internet Service

internet speed

Speed is of utmost importance when it comes to using the internet. A fast internet connection speed ensures continuous and uninterrupted browsing, video streaming, uploading and downloading of files. The speed factor is crucial for people who work and run a business online. It enables them to do their tasks without delay.

Fortunately, this need for speed is being addressed by many internet service providers (ISP) today. Normally, providers charge a high fee for a fast net access but this situation is now changing with the introduction of affordable and super fast web connection service in Southeast Asia.

U.S. vs. Japan Internet Service

The U.S. and Japan are now closely competing in the area of internet connection speed. Japan is said to be taking the lead with an ISP now offering broadband plans of up to 2Gbps download speeds and 1Gbps upload speed.

Latest reports from PC World say So-net, a local and Sony-supported ISP in Tokyo, has got the edge in terms of net speed. It currently offers download speeds that are twice as fast as Google Fiber and upload speeds up to 1Gbps. Other than Tokyo, So-net covers six other prefectures in Japan.

But if you think this kind of top quality service commands a high price, So-net actually charges only $51 monthly fee for a lock-in contract of two years. This rate is way cheaper than the $70 monthly fee charged by Google Fiber.

In the U.S., internet connection of 7.4 mbps can be considered slow compared to other countries and even costly. One exception is Google Fiber which offers a 1 Gbps internet service. Google is the first to introduce gigabit internet in the U.S. but at a high cost.

The U.S. was able to increase its internet speeds by 28 percent in recent years but despite this, it still ranks only 8th in the global list. Those on the top five spots are Japan, Hong Kong, Latvia, Germany and Switzerland. While this has no direct relevance to the political issues and tensions between these countries, Japanese political leaders will be heartened by the fact that it is able to continue online dominance, in the wake of controversies such as the Korean comfort women.

Japan’s Edge

There are several reasons why Japan leads in this aspect. Experts point out that Tokyo, for instance, is a closely packed city which makes it easy for providers to rollout their fiber. In addition, the Japanese government has been making solid moves to hike fiber proliferation around its country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. still needs to exert more effort if it wants to improve its internet infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should take the lead in this endeavor.

Why You Should Never Let Your Domain Lapse

There is probably nothing more heartbreaking for a blog or site owner to experience than to work hard for their blog and then suddenly lose the right to use their blog name. There is only one reason why this would happen and that is if the owner has allowed the domain to lapse. It is generally immaterial if you have this happened purposely or not. One thing is clear, you are giving others a chance to use the domain name you worked hard for by forgetting or choosing not to renew it.

Domain Names and Hosting are Two Different Things

The fact that domain name and hosting are actually two different things may not be obvious to many. This is especially so for blog or site owners who got their domain name and hosting from one provider. Getting them as a package can lead to the confusing belief that these two are settled with one payment.

Payment for domain name is for the right to use the chosen name. Payment for hosting services is to ensure the continued existence of the site online. Payment schedules for these two may be different thus it is up to the owner to make sure that he or she can be regularly notified once payment is due.

What Happens When Domain Name Has Lapsed

Once the domain name agreement has expired and no payment is received by the provider, the affected site is disabled. This means that people who might try to access it will get an error message or read a message that says that the domain is available for sale. It is important to know that it is highly possible that site owners will forever lose the right to use the name once this happens.

The minute that a domain name becomes available for sale, it becomes a free-for-all game. Anybody can purchase the domain on a first come – first served basis. What’s worse is that blog owners may find themselves buying their domains back at a much steeper price than the renewal cost. If a site owner wants the name badly enough, he or she will pay up.

How to Prevent Domain Lapse

Failure to pay the renewal fee is the main issue here so owners must make sure that this does not happen. Choosing the auto-renew option is one way to do it. Contact information should also be always updated to make sure that notices for renewals are received on time.