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Managed vs Unmanaged VPS Hosting

Overview

To start we need to understand what a Virtual Private Server or “VPS” is. When a host has a physical server that is divided into multiple virtual servers, this is referred to as VPS hosting. These virtual servers are given their own fixed amount of system resources according to their requirements. Each virtual server gets its own vCPU, RAM, disk space and account while being completely isolated from all other virtual servers.

This makes VPS Hosting work especially well for running multiple websites and email servers in one instance. It also offers scalability for when your business has grown and requires more system resources to run smoothly. VPS hosting is divided into two categories: managed and unmanaged. When choosing between Managed and Unmanaged VPS hosting you need to consider your experience with working on a VPS. This is explained below.

Managed VPS Hosting

In Managed VPS Hosting you and Vander Host share the responsibility of maintaining the server. We will do the initial setup of the operating system, security and control panel. More importantly, after the initial setup, we will continue to provide support on your VPS.

With Managed VPS Hosting there is always an additional fee for maintenance and support besides the monthly fee of the bare-metal VPS. This is what is meant by “Managed” VPS Hosting.

Here is a scenario of when to use Managed VPS Hosting ith Vander Host:

Let’s say you’re a successful entrepreneur or the owner of a company and you want to start selling multiple niche products that each require their own e-Commerce website. You have little to no experience with working on web servers and you don’t have the budget to afford the salary for a webmaster. This is when you need to consider Managed VPS Hosting.

Vander Host will essentially be your webmaster and do the initial setup of your server as well as provide you with technical support. This will cost much less than the salary for a webmaster.

Here are some benefits of using Managed VPS Hosting with Vander Host:

  • Low learning curve as we will always be there to assist.
  • Easy to use control panel to manage your websites and email server.
  • The server is secured with cyber security best practices by Vander Host.
  • We will monitor your CPU, memory and disk space proactively.
  • 24/7 superior support provided by Vander Host.

Unmanaged VPS Hosting

In Unmanaged VPS Hosting, you take full responsibility for managing the VPS. We might be involved with the initial setup of the operating system and control panel if you choose Virtualmin or cPanel as your control panel. You pay for the bare-metal server and its resources and nothing more.

It is very important to understand that if you do not have the skills necessary to manage the server yourself, it will have a negative impact on your business.

Here is a scenario of when to use Unmanaged VPS Hosting with Vander Host:

Let’s say you’re a seasoned webmaster with experience in managing DNS, web servers and email servers. Your client base has grown and you need to sustainably keep their web services online. Currently, all of their web services are hosted on a shared hosting package. Some of your clients are complaining that their website has been slow and emails take a long time to send and receive. This is when you need to consider Unmanaged VPS Hosting.

Because of your experience, you are more than capable of managing the VPS yourself.

Here are some benefits of using Unmanaged VPS Hosting with Vander Host:

  • You are in complete control of your server.
  • You have limitless customisation options.
  • Affordable prices as you only pay for the bare-metal server without any management fee.
  • You can scale the VPS yourself whenever you need.
  • Limited support from Vander Host if you use Virtualmin or cPanel.
  • Vander Host has an extensive knowledgebase for managing your server.

Conclusion

Your choice between Managed and Unmanaged VPS Hosting will be greatly affected by your experience in working with web servers. If you have little to no experience, go for Managed VPS Hosting. You can rest easy knowing that Vander Host has your server secure and running smoothly.

If you have intermediate to advanced experience in managing web servers you should be fine with Unmanaged VPS Hosting. It is important to know that you alone are responsible for your server and in case of a critical failure, you will not receive priority support from us unless the problem is on the parent server.

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