Managed vs. Unmanaged VPS – What’s the difference?

When starting a small company, you will probably start by hosting your business on a shared hosting platform. And it’s a great choice. As your business grows, however, the time will come to switch to a different type of hosting.

One of the best options is to choose a VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting, which is a perfect mix of shared and dedicated hosting. Before switching to a VPS hosting, you should learn that there are two types of this service that you can choose from: managed and unmanaged, and in this post, we will take a closer look at both of them.

VPS – the best choice

VPS hosting is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. As we mentioned in our previous blog about types of hosting, VPS hosting has many advantages. It’s a great choice, especially for those struggling with slow site speeds, low server memory, or server security problems.

Though when using VPS, you will be sharing a server with others, your portion will be partitioned entirely from them. If you’re looking for a reliable and secure service, VPS is for you. However, before switching to a VPS hosting, it’s worth learning more about its two types: managed and unmanaged and deciding which kind will be the right one for your business.

Managed or unmanaged?

The main difference between these two types is that when using an unmanaged one, you will have total control over all aspects of your VPS. With the managed service, the situation is entirely different.

You will have limited access to account configuration options , and every important website management task will be done for you by the hosting company. Of course, this means higher costs and less flexibility, but you will have fewer problems in your head. Let’s take a closer look at both VPS types’ main pros and cons.

Managed VPS hosting – the best choice for a new business owner

As you may know, managing a server requires time, which you often do not have. What is more, you need to know what to do, i.e., when and how to do core updates, software installation, OS updates and patches, maintenance, etc.

When you choose managed VPS, the hosting provider does all these things so you can fully concentrate on other things related to your business, such as sales. Since someone else will be doing server maintenance and upgradation, the costs of such service will be, of course, higher. 

Unmanaged VPS hosting – better for an already established business

Choosing unmanaged VPS hosting means that you will have to manage your server entirely on your own. This requires both technical expertise and time to do it all, moreover, your server will be more prone to instability and human error. If you have the needed experience in this field and your business is well-established, then this type of VPS is for you. The biggest pros of unmanaged VPS will be low cost and full access to cPanel will provide all the options. 

As you can see, both types have their pros and cons, and it’s only up to you what kind you will choose. Whether you choose unmanaged or managed, is at your service. We offer the best VPS hosting with excellent customer service combined with a high-performance Custom Server solution. Contact us, and our server team will answer any question you have.

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