You might have read online about Shared vs. Managed hosting features, but if somewhere in the middle of those articles you felt lost or sleepy, let us make things little easier for you to understand and compare which hosting plan could be beneficial for you.

When you buy a managed hosting plan, it comes with various features such as automated backups and recovery, malware scanning and removal, status monitoring, security sweep and few more additional benefits.

On the contrary, unmanaged hosting plans are different. In case of Shared hosting plans, things are little easier, but that’s not the case with every hosting provider. Most of the time you’re required to buy add-ons for services we mentioned in the managed hosting plan, but then again, those services require your time as some of them are on-demand services rather than automated. So basically you’re responsible for most of the things. That was the case with Shared hosting, but just in case you’re thinking about VPS or dedicated server, you better have a technical background, otherwise you need to hire someone to handle things for you, as it’s not just they buying a plan, you’re also required to choose or install an operating system, install any necessary software. The hosting company doesn’t provide any services or carry out any management tasks on the server.

The services provided by the managed hosting service providers vary from provider to provider, but some of these basic features could be very helpful.

  • Performance & resource monitoring is an important service provided by the managed hosting service providers because it can warn you before disaster strikes. The host notifies you – how your website is preforming and when it is close to run out of allotted resources.
  • Server security is important to avoid malicious attack that could expose the data. Malware scanning can expose many issues on the server and help in the removal.
  • With managed services you get easy to use control panel or interface, where you control what’s really important to you rather than things you know nothing about or things you don’t want to handle. Most of the time you’ll be getting a cPanel, for easy access to things like: databases, DNS records, viewing performance statistics and accessing logs etc.
  • A support team is there to help you with your hosting or website related issues. Fully managed services offer you automated scanning and removal, but if you want more, you can always opt for a dedicated support manager to provide on demand services for your business, this might include on-demand software updates or downgrades, on-demand virus scan & malware clean-up, or a speed optimization analysis.

Unmanaged hosting is okay when you’re not much worried about your online presence or you’ve time and resources to look after things. In case of servers, it only sounds reasonable when your business application requires special tweaking and tuning of the server, and when you know what you’re doing and want to have management in your hands and save money. With unmanaged servers you might have an operating system installed, but anything that needs to be done is via the command line. The understanding of command line is the ultimate power tool in unmanaged hosting. Anything the host can do; you will be able to do on your own — provided you have the necessary skills. You can download, install and set up monitoring services. You can add malware detection, removal tools and create the control panel. Business would need a significant amount of server-management knowledge to get along with an unmanaged server. So in the end, you have to decide if it’s worth your time and efforts to go with the unmanaged service or it’s better to opt for managed hosting and have peace of mind.

Looking for Managed hosting service? SiRON offers many managed IT related services along with the Managed hosting plans, feel free to look around and get in touch if you’ve any questions.