For anyone to have a true web presence, they have to have a website, app, or some other platform with which they connect to the world around them. This involves designing and publishing this presence, but it also involves having it hosted on a server that will then allow people to see your web presence. For this reason, there is a growing trend to combine both web design and hosting services together and reap the benefits of having them all in one place.
The first benefit is that the web designers will have full access to the servers that they are going to place the content onto. This makes it easier to make sure they have everything in place for custom content than having to work with hosting companies to make sure that these elements are unblocked. This allows for more creative content to be used and it also allows for quicker turn around time on a number of different projects. It also allows the web designers to know exactly when servers will be undergoing changes, ensuring that their customers are always kept on a stable server.
Combining the two together ensures that there is one point of contact for individuals or businesses. This makes it easy to determine where there is a problem if an outage does happen. In a situation where the two are not shared, any small amount of miscommunication between the two companies can lead to long outages and problems that will affect the bottom line of the business that is paying for the hosting and design.
Having them both together ensures that designers know when updates are coming to any give server and allows them to keep content current. They know when not to update databases, when changes are going to be implemented, and how those changes will affect the different components of their design. This allows them to time their work around each other, not wasting time or money in the process.
Having the two together also ensures that any policies for safety of data and the types of design allowed are shared between both companies. There is no worry about a perfectly designed site being taken down when the owner of the server has personally okayed the creation of the website. This isn’t always going to be important, but it can be extremely important for businesses that work in areas that some people may find controversial or who want to have non-standard designs that can put different types of load on a server.
The benefits of keeping web design and hosting services together and ensuring that they come from the same company are mostly time and money related. However, they also spill over to ensuring that client gets a better quality product and is able to rely upon the company that they are building a relationship with in a much more close-knit manner. With all of these benefits, there really is no reason to separate out the two.