Choosing the right web hosting solution for your enterprise is a big decision that requires further investigation. Many businesses are often torn between two specific hosting options – managed and shared. While both offer advantages, it’s important to understand the differences between the two in order to make the wisest decision for your business and infrastructure needs. So, what is managed hosting?

What is it Managed Hosting?

Managed hosting is the “done for you” service. The provider does the heavy lifting in terms of nerdy things like:

  • Taking care of the server
  • Dealing with backups and security
  • Making sure the website software is updated regularly

The customer, however, still retains overall control of the website layout, file system, and applications if there are any. Want to see an example of what’s included? Check out Lewis Media Group’s support page to see our hosting packages.


Shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting. It’s generally considered to be the most affordable option, as the cost of the hosting plan is shared among multiple clients who use a single server. The server is managed by the hosting provider, but that’s where the service ends. The client is responsible for the technical things mentioned above. Shared hosting is ideal for websites with low-medium traffic and those with the technical resources who can handle those things.


As opposed to shared hosting, customers benefit from the provider’s expertise and with proactive maintenance and swift responses to any issues.

Increased Security

One of the biggest benefits of managed hosting is increased security. You have a team of experts to take care of the hundreds of vulnerabilities that the internet and malicious entities present-including installing the latest patches, running regular security scans, and responding quickly to emerging threats.

Technical Expertise

Technical expertise is one of the most valuable benefits that comes with managed hosting services. You get access to professionals who can ensure that your website, applications and other technology are running optimally and securely.

They can advise on best practices, handle any technical issues, patch vulnerabilities and ensure their systems are fully optimized. This is helpful in increasing the efficiency of website performance, reducing downtime and even in providing valuable insights on how to improve website speed and stability. All in all, technical expertise provided by managed services can be invaluable in achieving a successful online presence.

When is Managed Hosting Necessary?

  • Complex Websites
  • High Traffic Volume
  • Sensitive Data Hosting

Each of these hosting solutions come with their own pros and cons, and the right choice for your business depends on your specific requirements. Ultimately, if you have specific technical needs and require more control over your hosting environment, managed hosting is the better choice. However, if you’re just starting out and want to keep costs low, shared hosting is the better option.

Want to talk through the best options for you? Give us a call at 503.602.9074 or contact us today.