A Managed Web Hosting is a term referring to hosting plans which are controlled by a hosting service provider. In web hosting trade, the cost for the managed hosting packages differ from thirty dollars per month to the hundreds of dollars. A low cost managed hosting plan can be generally employed for the VPS hosting whereas a high end managed hosting plan can be an upper version of a hosting plan.

As the price range is very high, it is very necessary to understand the various services & the features that we must expect from the managed hosting plans. When the managed hosting plans are promoted by the web hosting firms, they generally use the term ‘completely managed’. The term is in actual very relative.

A person can think that a plan is completely managed while some others can think that the technical support which they receive from the hosting firms isn’t necessary. So it’s a rule that higher the price, more is the technical support that we get. In the fully managed hosting, our website is to be monitored by the experienced webmasters periodically. Everything that we need is to pay and receive the updates from our managed hosting provider.

There are also partial managed web hosting plans which are available in the market. For such plans, our webs will be still controlled by the staff from the web hosting provider. However our end users are also needed to do some functions for maintaining the various websites. In such a situation, the end users have a more accessibility over the servers. So it is very strongly recommended to check with the web hosting the amount of the technical support that is provided before the final decision.

Managed hosting is great for small to a medium sized business firm as it is very expensive to hire a full time webmaster in order to maintain the websites. As maintaining a business web for maximum uptime is very significant these days, the managed hosting can be a perfect solution for the business to outsource technical demands to the professionals from web hosting firms.

Managed web hosting is very costly as compared to a shared web hosting plan, so we can save a deal of resources and a lot of time in maintaining the website. The savings that we acquire can be helpful to enable our business to compete with the rivals.

The Managed hosting differs from a number of dedicated hosts. A service provider controls the hardware, operating systems and the system software. The client usually has an administrative access. Basically, the host provider is responsible for setting up and configuration of hardware, installation and configuration of the software, technical support, patch management, maintainence of the system and updatation.

Other services which might be available either as a part of the host package or it can be present as an add on which consists of backups, balance loading and the disaster recovery along with the security processes which include the vulnerable scans, intrusion detection and the distributed denial of service(DDS) prevention and the mitigation.