How to Decide Between Managed and Unmanaged VPS Hosting

 

So you’re ready to launch your new website! Great! But with so many VPS hosting providers around, choosing one isn’t as easy as you’d like. One way to narrow down the  tremendous selection of hosting providers is to filter them by criteria.

If you’re new to VPS hosting, try filtering your hosting providers through criteria. This will make it so much easier to sift through the hordes of providers giving you laser-like specificity.

Criteria to Evaluate at a Glance:

  • Managed or Unmanaged
  • CMS Specialised Solutions
  • Hypervisor they use ie. OpenVZ, KVM, VMware
  • 24/7 Support
  • Hosting Region

In this blog post, we’ll talk about the first criteria exclusively, managed or unmanaged.

Managed vs. Unmanaged

Let’s dive in starting with one of the most important aspects of hosting to consider – the support. For most bloggers and small business owners just starting out, hosting, servers, system administration, and Linux commands aren’t their cup of tea.

If you’re like most people, you’ll need a truck load of support to help you get through the initial migration and post-migration bug cleanup phases.

Managed Hosting:

Managed VPS Hosting is where you are given a much higher level of support by your provider. It’s kind of like going out for dinner to a really fancy restaurant where the waiters come to your table every few minutes to ask if everything is ok with your meal.

What can you expect?*:

  • Initial migration support
  • CMS and ad hoc PHP module installations
  • Performance troubleshooting if your website is slow
  • Security hardening and post-hack cleanup support
  • Proactive website monitoring

Unmanaged Hosting:

Unmanaged VPS Hosting is where you’re given access to the resources and then expected to know how to make the best use of them. In contrast to the managed hosting analogy above [fancy restaurant] unmanaged hosting is like going to the supermarket, buying the right ingredients, and preparing the meal yourself.

What you can expect:

  • Support for Hardware Problems
  • Support for Network Problems
  • Support via KB links
  • Nothing else

So what should I choose?

Unmanaged hosting is not something that we’d recommend for anyone with a beginner or even intermediate level of system administration skills due to the complexities of diagnosing web stack related issues.

Yes, Googling will definitely be able to help you tremendously, but you can’t rely on it exclusively. Troubleshooting server issues rely heavily on hands-on experience, and that takes time.

If you’re like most people, you’re not a Linux guru. At times, things inevitably will stop working, break, and/or confuse you. Don’t be left alone without a helping hand. Choose a managed VPS hosting provider.

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