What you reap from any business is commensurate to the efforts dedicated towards its success. Therefore, resources must be committed in terms of money, time and hard work. In online business you need to put up a presentable website that is readily available to your potential customers. Such a site requires a top notch web hosting plan that calls for a substantial investment and specialized skills to operate. A dedicated hosting is ideal for such a venture in terms of resources availed but requires a high level of commitment in terms of servicing. For most web owners this is a daunting task and a managed dedicated hosting is recommended as compared to unmanaged one.
Staying afloat in the online business alone is quite a hassle without having to worry about your website shutting down due to reasons you hardly understand. In managed dedicated webhosting, the provider doubles up as your technical assistant relieving you off the stress and time required to constantly being on the look out for trouble. The hassle of administrative and maintenance task of the server is squarely on the shoulders of the provider. This arrangement allows you to utilize fully the potential of a dedicated web server as your provider will perform the required regular maintenance.
While in search of managed web hosting, bear in mind that some plans are fully managed while others offers partial maintenance. By partial management it means you will have to chip in to some extent to service the server. Unless that was your intention right at the onset, you will find you self saddled with tasks you did not anticipate. Beware of web hosting providers who pretend to offer fully managed dedicated web plan only to disclose the partial nature of their offer too late in the day. To play safe pick a credible web hosting provider and insist on automated server solution regardless of the cost. It is of course prudent to compare several such providers to take advantage of the cheapest offer but providing what you want.
Right at the onset, seek to know what the plan offers to avoid frustrations when you later discover the provider expect you to perform some tasks which you expected them to provided. It is normal practice for a provider to ask you to perform some tasks which are reasonably under your turf so to speak. The aspect of administrative task that is your responsibility should be spelled out clearly to prepare you. Liaise with the customer care department to clarify what they can do and what is expected of you.