Hi UWebD --
I work for a small school, ~2100 students, ~600 staff, as the Web Developer. Since the dawn of time, we've been hosting our web servers in house, locally, but we're considering moving to a hosted solution. We currently have a CMS but we're likely going to be dumping that, so this move to a new hosted server would go along with that.
Are there any Uni Web Developers who are using hosted servers for their website or all in-house? If hosted, what companies do you recommend? Did you go through an outside vendor to manage the move and your service? Any experiences you want to share?
Thought I'd get this discussion up there.
According to our research: http://doteduguru.com/id7800-results-higher-ed-cms-usage-survey-201..., 74% of schools host their own sites. 19% are with vendors, and 5% are with some other 3rd party.
Here's the question to ask: what problem are you solving by hosting inside/outside. The main reason, in my opinion, to host offsite is resource related - if you don't have the resources to maintain a server on campus. To me, it's well worth the nominal hardware cost to have a machine I can physically interface with if there's a problem. For some people, it's just a matter of preference. I like to have at least some rationale behind decisions though, so if you host in house now, I'd make sure there's a solid reason why I'd change the model. It generally is much more costly to host offsite than on, which plays in to the decision as well.