The three magical words that we all fall for are – Free! Free! Free! (Sorry, it’s not what you thought). Though “I love you” is pleasing to hear, but something for free is more drool-worthy. Hardly there would be anyone on Earth who will ignore it.
We all try to get the most possible value of the thing/service we intend to buy/use. And if we get it for free, we jump in immediately. The same goes for website hosting. The common thought that first comes to mind is, “why shall I pay when I can host it for free?” When you decide to become a professional, it’s natural to think about cost-cutting. But remember, freedom comes with responsibilities and, in this case, too many responsibilities. Let’s answer common questions first that might pop up in your head.
What is Web-Hosting?
In simpler terms, it is a house where your site lives. It is a business that provides the technologies and services for your website to be accessible over the internet.
Then, what is Self-Hosting?
As the name says, it means all the responsibilities are on your shoulders. You have to take care of your server on your own. Right from maintaining to updating to fixing issues, you have to be the one-man army.
What about Pro-Hosting?
Professional Hosting means a third-party company taking care of your server completely. (Yes, everything, maintenance, up-gradation, troubleshooting all).
Due to available easy-to-access open-source platforms, anyone can host a website on their own. But, before you compromise something to get free stuff, let’s understand the list of responsibilities that come along with self-hosting. And what makes pro-hosting different from it.
Shout out loud for help or pull your hair out. When you get stuck with some error while self-hosting, it’s up to you to find the error and solve it. While in pro-hosting, there is constant support anytime you need it.
You need to keep an eye on your server every now and then. What if an update gets missed? Your server gets attacked? Your backup plan backfires? Whereas, you can relax as such things will never bother you when the professionals handle your web hosting. They provide you reliable servers that won’t crash or take ages to load and are also well-maintained.
Security is the most concerning factor. A minor breach can bring your website down, which will turn into a big blow to your business. If you think just an antivirus will protect your website for a lifetime, then you are wrong. You need to run security audits, update automatically, filter spam, scan virus and firewall configurations regularly. Who possibly can do this job better than the professionals?
100 or 99 bucks, which one would you prefer while spending? Of course, 99 would be the answer. It’s the trick that our brain plays. We think 100 is a costly amount while 99 is cheap. The same is the difference between self and pro hosting. You think pro-hosting is costly while self-hosting is free, But remember, it’s not exactly free. You often need help, and for that services, you are bound to pay. So in a way, it’s costing you.
Self-Hosting your website is not a bad option. But, it is not a good option either. You may feel it is a good and a new thing to learn and can manage all the load on your shoulder all your own, but, at some point, you will lookout for a helping hand. Pro-managed hosting may look costly and unnecessary earlier, but its benefits are substantial for the long run. If your business is dependent on your website, let a dedicated team of experts handle it for you.