Owning a web site can be confusing at times, especially for new comers. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the various services providers that you employ to make your web site work can be hard to grasp, at first. I’ll try my best to help explain some of these roles to you in this article. But…there is another important factor involved…You! While it is our responsibility as a web hosting provider to lift 99% of the management duties from the shoulders of our customers, there are certain areas of website and hosting account management where you as a site owner or junior webmaster are required to take the lead.
You may not know it, but as a site owner, certain best practices should be followed when hosting your website, and you have certain critical responsibilities which might not be immediately obvious to you, but if not done on a regular basis, may end up destroying your web site. While some people have the idea that a web site is a 24/7/365 automated money making machine that never sleeps and never requires any maintenance, those of us that make money on our web sites for a living and primary source or even secondary source of income, know that the “Set it and forget it” dream is far, far away from the reality of operating a web site.
Moving forward, In order to set proper expectations around what GlowHost’s web hosting service can deliver, it is important for you to understand the role that we play in providing services to you. We also talk about 3rd party services and 3rd party software. But, you are going to want to read until the end because the last paragraph, regarding backups, is advice every site owner must know and live by…