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Managed Vs Unmanaged Hosting Service: Which is best for you?

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It is the age of internet. People are moving their businesses online. In order to start their online venture, it is essential to first decide upon what type of hosting should be purchased for the website.

Before going into the details of differences between managed vs unmanaged hosting, let us first delve into the concept of web hosting overall.

What is Web hosting?

A web host is basically a server or simply put a computer where your files, webpages, and databases are stored. The host server is connected to the internet all the time. So whenever there is a request to any webpage from a client all around the world, the server sends back the relevant page to the requested machine.

So basically a web hosting service provider rents out its servers and some other computing services to relevant clients who are in need of storing their websites and data. There are a number of different kinds of hosting, like shared, cloud, dedicated or VPS hosting. All these can be either managed or unmanaged hosting. 

Difference between Managed & Unmanaged hosting providers

Conventional hosting is unmanaged. In unmanaged hosting the user is in full control of everything related to their website. This will include, migration and uploading of the website, security, backups, SSL etc. However in the case of managed hosting most of these processes are handled by the managed hosting provider. In case of managed hosting the provider will be responsible to take care of regular backups of the site. The provider will also take care repetitive tasks like updating the versions of the platforms and applications like if you are using managed WordPress hosting whether you are updated to the latest WP version or not. 

To put it simply it frees up the user’s time and resources so they can work on growing their website and business, and do not worry about server maintenance and update tasks. 

Here are Some features of Managed hosting which are provided by the managed hosting service provider.

Backups for reliability

It is highly recommended that you take regular backups of all your sites. Especially, if you have a website that have transactional or customer data. As most websites are storing data in any form, regular backups are quintessential. However it is a tedious process to maintain a backup of the data regularly. In managed hosting the provider takes away this responsibility from the user and does it at the backend. The customer just need to specify the interval at which backups are required like daily weekly etc.

Automatic scalability 

Most of the managed hosting providers support one click scalability and scaling down option. Sometimes there are times when site suddenly has a huge influx of visitors. It mabe due to seasonal changes, which is predictable however it may also be non predictable. Managed hosting helps in taking care of such situations. As the scale up and scale down options are easily available the user resources are not wasted. We can scale up when there is an influx of visitors and then scale down when we see that the resources are being wasted. 

24/7/365 support for migrations & maintenance

One major benefit of any managed hosting provider is that  it provides you with live support at any point of the day. Although all managed hosting providers will claim to provide this, it is best to read online reviews of the support as well as take a demo (many providers are giving this opportunity) before buying a manged hosting service.

The support will help in migrating the website to the new server. All the server side requirements are fulfilled by the support team. 

Security

The managed hosting service is responsible for updating all the software and platforms. The latest versions are installed whenever there is an update. This helps in overall improvement of the health of the website as well as keeping the viruses and malware attacks at bay. Other security related tasks include

 

  • Running security audits
  • Spam filtering
  • Virus scanning
  • Firewall configuration and setting
  • Updating the OS and other software

Also the SSL certificates are provided by the hosting company. Also they perform checks like visual regression testing to ensure overall security and efficiency of the website.

 

Managed Database 

Managing a databse is a huge responsibility. Many organisations hire database administrators specifically to manage a large database. However, in case of managed hosting, the database management is provided by the hosting company itself.

 

Some considerations regarding managed hosting

Apart from these benefits, there are some considerations also that might make this type of hosting not beneficial for certain business models. 

Cost and affordability of hosting

Managed hosting is usually costlier as compared to unmanaged hosting however although the monthly costs of different plans and bundles may be higher but if we consider that the functionality that will be provided by the hosting service, then it will help in saving the money in the long run. Although mostly managed providers have pay as you go model, which helps in saving your resources as you are paying for only the resources which are in your use but still the cost might be higher

Control over the website

Some people might have reservations that in managed hosting that do not have complete control. Like the root directory is with the provider and their support team is responsible for making the changes instead of giving the direct access to the customers.

 

This concludes our in-depth analysis of managed vs un managed hosting services along with pros and cons of managed hosting. Hoping this helps you in choosing the right hosting provider and making the best decision for your online venture. 

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