Looking for a hosting plan? In your search, you may be made to choose between sharing a server’s resources versus renting an entire server to host your website. If you believe that your website will consume more resources than what a typical shared hosting environment can provide, then you need to get dedicated server hosting. Once you have gone beyond this point in your hunt, the question that you will now need to answer is whether you will just stick to the traditional unmanaged dedicated hosting or will you have the web hosting service provider take care of your account for you.
Those who have their websites hosted in a shared server may never come across the term “management” ever. It only covers hosting types like VPS, semi-dedicated, dedicated server, or cloud hosting. With shared hosting, it is a given that the host is in charge of managing the server. For this particular article, the focus will be on managed or unmanaged dedicated hosting. With managed hosting, it is as if you have an entire team of technical support personnel on call to address each and every issue that you have regarding your hosting. Because of the significant price difference, this becomes the basis for deciding which kind of dedicated hosting to get. Unfortunately, as many find out, a decision based solely on price can result to more expenses in the future.
Because you are getting dedicated hosting either way, the features you will get are similar. Basically, you get a whole server, and the corresponding resources, for hosting your website, or websites if you plan on building many. The main differences between managed and unmanaged hosting are:
Looking at the differences above, one would think, “Why even consider getting unmanaged hosting?” It sounds so tedious and complicated. But, there are some web developers who require absolute control over their machine in order to work. Plus, it is cheaper by a huge margin. So if you need the freedom and are well versed in server maintenance and operation, then unmanaged hosting may be perfect for you. On the flip side, if you are unable to even install a simple control panel or struggle to choose the right tools for developing your website, then you may have to shoulder the extra expense and get managed hosting. This takes less time and expertise.
There is no cut-and-dried formula for selecting the type of dedicated server hosting. There are, however, questions that can lead you to the answer.
If the answer is yes, then you should opt for unmanaged hosting. The amount you will save will go a long way in improving your website. If you still cannot decide between the two, or need the assistance but cannot afford managed hosting, there are hosting service providers that offer hybrid solutions.