With unmanaged VPS, your web hosting takes over installing the operating system, and you
as the site owner take over managing various aspects of the server such as:
Installing software, your control panel and taking care of software updates.
Monitoring for security threats, installing security patches and fixing error messages.
In the event of an outage or hardware failure you won’t get much if any support from
Configuring and maintaining your server including any upgrades you might want to see.
You take over the responsibility of setting up your sites backup services.
This is recommended for site owners who have a technical background.
Site owners with less technical acumen or a smaller staff can benefit from managed VPS.
With managed VPS hosting, IT professionals lighten your load by keeping your server
running correctly and taking care of your virtual server. Here’s what you should expect
from a web hosting provider:
Initial server setup
When you launch your site with a VPS there are a few steps to take in order to set the
server up including installing your control panel, server software and installing any
applications and your operating system. A managed host will take care of this.
Similarly, all applications and OS updates, and ongoing fine tuning of the server will
be handled for you.
Security patches for your OS and core server software are installed and updated, on your
Monitors for early warning signs of hardware failure and malicious attack
In the event anything goes wrong with your site, you can retrieve it back to an earlier
Check with your VPS hosting provider to see what levels of management they offer. Some
have greater flexibility, like Namecheap; we offer Self-Managed, Managed, Fully Managed
and Emergency Assistance.
The tradeoffs between managed and unmanaged hosting are cost vs flexibility. While
unmanaged services are naturally, far cheaper than managed plans, there’s a snag - you
need to have the tech know-how to run and maintain a server, or be prepared to hire
someone to keep it running smoothly and safe from potential attacks.