How Hands-Free Hosting Hits All the Highs
If you’re a cannabis entrepreneur, you likely had an epiphany one day that pulled you away from the corporate grind in another industry and compelled you into the world of cannabis — your true passion. You thought, “Why should I work for someone else when I can start my own business working with something I love?!” You might have predicted you would go from full-time to all-the-time work and bear the workload of several teams and you find yourself ready and willing to delegate. As you consider where to hire help, there’s one service that, when outsourced, can considerably impact your business’s success. It can alleviate the stress of learning a new technical skill and save you valuable time — managed web hosting services. Let’s talk about the difference between traditional hosting plans and cannabis-friendly web hosting provided by an agency.
What are managed web hosting services?
When you hire an agency, like CannaSiteCo. to build a new website, you give them the reins to install, design and launch a website. Some agencies will then require you to host the website with them and charge an ongoing monthly fee for that service. But that’s where CannaSiteCo. blows past the crowd — we do not hold websites hostage. You have options, my friend.
If you’re an old pro and you prefer traditional/economy hosting (GoDaddy, DreamHost, BlueHost, HostGator, etc.), CannaSiteCo. will launch your new website on whichever host you choose, optimize it for search engines, puff-puff-pass the login information and leave you high (not dry) to manage your website (but we’ll totes miss you). That means you’ll be responsible for managing your ecommerce shop and software updates, updating content, maintaining the performance and optimization, troubleshooting future website issues and more.
If that sounds like a total buzzkill, we get it. You’ve got a million things on your list. Learning how to be a web designer and developer isn’t likely at the top. With agency-managed cannabis-friendly web hosting, you can chill knowing those items are handled. At CannaSiteCo., we enhance our hosting service by including SSL certificates, 24/7 site monitoring, unlimited storage, access to our paid plugin library, access to our video training library, by being a resource to our clients and more.
Ultimately, if you have the time, bandwidth and expertise to manage your website, then taking the cheapest route may be worth it. But if the idea of honing your webmaster skills sounds miserable and you’re looking for hands-free web hosting for cannabis websites, then our managed web hosting services are the right next step.
Does your choice of web host impact the performance of your site?
Yes, your hosting provider and plan can impact the performance of your website. With huge mainstream web hosts, you are one of the thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of websites on their servers. That means the processing power, bandwidth and memory will be shared with, and impacted by, the traffic to other websites. If one site has a massive influx of visitors, it could bogart all the resources and slow down your website.
Feel free to call customer service for help… “Your call is important to us; a representative will be with you shortly. Your wait time is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.” (*sigh*) Or you could find yourself chatting with a virtual agent. It’s not an ideal situation.
With cannabis-friendly web hosting services offered by CannaSiteCo., your site is hosted on our dedicated servers. Instead of hosting thousands of websites, we host our private clients, allowing for faster page speeds, lightning-fast response times (typically within 24 hours, sometimes within 24 minutes) and much better customer service.
How often do you backup your website?
When you self-host your website, it’s up to you to create routine website backups — add that to your short list of to-dos as an entrepreneur running your own business. (*eye roll*) So instead many choose to pay extra for automated backups as an add-on service, or worse, some decide to go it alone. Yikes.
The easier option? Our cannabis-friendly web hosting service. With automated daily backups and 30 days of backup storage, our customers can rely on regular site backups that can be restored with the click of a button if the site crashes or is hacked. Without regular backups, your site isn’t protected and you could find yourself freaking out if something goes wrong and trying to rebuild late-night. That’s not a risk most businesses can take when their brand and ecommerce operations are on the line.
Finding web hosting for cannabis websites can be intimidating at first, but the stress it relieves is worth the effort of partnering with an agency. The return for your investment is not only fast page speeds, 24/7 site monitoring, software updates and killer customer service; it’s a great high too. When you sign up for a CannaSite, ask about our cannabis web hosting. Or if you’re new here, check out our cannabis websites and other cannabis marketing services.