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Unmanaged Hosting VS Managed Hosting?

Category : Web Hosting

Shopping for a new hosting plan? Do you have to make the choice between managed hosting and unmanaged hosting.
Most of us use shared hosting where we do not come across the word “managed” at all. However if we are moving to a VPS or dedicated hosting the option to choose between managed and unmanaged will come up.

What is Unmanaged Hosting

Unmanaged hosting is a hosting plan with no or few additional services. With unmanaged hosting you may, for example, get simply a server with only an OS installed. This means that you’ll then need to install necessary software not nnly WordPress or Drupal but also Apache, MySQL and PHP

What is Managed Hosting

Managed hosting is a hosting plan that is made up of a number of various components beside the OS itself. Like cPanel or Plesk.
In addition, hosting companies also offer various services such as managing support, automated backups, malware scanning and removal, status monitoring, security sweeps, and more.

Key Differences Between Managed And Unmanaged Hosting

  • Price

    The price of a managed plan is much higher than of the same unmanaged one. However in case of unmanaged plan if you are stuck and you needed support you will have to pay hourly which will mostly surpass the saving you made by purchasing unmanaged hosting.

  • Support

    Unmanaged Hosting provide support only for H/W and OS problems including machine reboots and system reinstall. Any software installs, upgrades, configuration or backup should be done by you.
    On the other size managed hosting take care of almost every thing to get your website running including software installs, configurations, upgrades, backups and fixing pre-installed software.

What to choose unmanaged hosting or managed hosting?

Everyone is different so it is hard to give one fit answer for all people. Ask your self the following question to decide if unmanaged hosting or managed hosting is better for you.

  • Are you comfortable working with SSH?
  • Can you install and upgrade server software using SSH?
  • If some problem happened with your website. Are you able to trace access and error logs to identify the problem?
  • Is the price difference between managed and unmanaged hosting worth the time that you spend on unmanaged server?
  • Do you need a hosting control panel, such as cPanel or Plesk?

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