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Managed Hosting vs Unmanaged Hosting Service

Which one should you choose: fully managed host service or unmanaged hosting service? Let’s see how to choose between managed hosting vs unmanaged hosting service.

Managed Hosting

Managed hosting means your hosting will do the most of management for your server.

There are two kinds of managed hosting: half managed hosting and fully managed hosting.

You need to ask the hosting company you work with for details.

Most of shared hosting, as far as I know is one of this half managed hosting service.

But they usually offer the fully managed hosting such WordPress Managed Hosting.

One of the popular services for this one is WP-Engine. But, to use such fully managed services, you will need to pay more.

Pros of Managed Hosting service

  • Easy to set up.

  • Peace of mind. You don’t need to worry about updating the packages or maintaining your server.

  • Focus. You can easily focus on building your site’s content and business.

  • You can ask the hosting company to handle any technical problems on your server.

Cons of Managed hosting service

You:

  • don’t have full control on your own server.

  • need to share the resource with other customers and your hosting company managed this.

  • had limited access to your server. Don’t expect you had root access for this service.

Unmanaged Hosting

Unmanaged hosting also means self-managed hosting.

It means you do your own server management.

Don’t expect the hosting company from you rented the server will help you with any technical things on this service.

Unfortunately, some people did not realize this kind of service so they raise a fuss on social media about the hosting company supports did not help them.

In this case, they only rented the server with bare OS to you.

The rest of things are up to you. They won’t provide any support, usually.

You need to update all packages, setting up the server, updating the OS, setting up the security, and do many other DevOps activities.

Pros of Unmanaged Hosting service

You:

  • have full control of your server

  • can do anything with your server as long as it adheres with law and their terms of services.

  • did not share the resources with other customers

Cons of Unmanaged Hosting service

  • You are fully responsible for the server.

  • This kind of service only available on VPS tier and dedicated server tiers, so it’s more expensive.

  • If you can’t do the DevOps on your own, you need to hire someone else. This means more cost to cover

Conclusion

Whether you should choose managed hosting or unmanaged one depends on your own need. So, we would suggest you to focus to dig what are your real needs.

For most people, a Managed Hosting service and fully Managed Hosting work best for them. Especially, if you are not a tech savvy guy. Most likely, you need to choose that service.

But if you are a developer with some decent DevOps knowledge, or you had a decent DevOps team to take care of the server, just go with unmanaged bare VPS or dedicated server. For VPS, you had AWS EC2 or Digital Ocean droplets to go with.

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