Before you make any decisions about what type of hosting you will choose for your applications or projects it is important to know what the differences are between Self-managed Hosting and Managed Hosting.
This could prevent you from spending money on hosting that doesn’t really fit your needs. Below we have explained the differences and what would suit you depending on your needs.
As the name already implies a Self-managed VPS server or a Self-managed Dedicated Server is managed by the customer itself. It requires more technical knowledge in terms of dealing with critical issues or installations on your server. Usually, developers or system administrators would prefer this type of hosting because it gives them flexibility and control of their server. With this type of hosting the server will only be delivered with OS installation, so all other installations, such as software, control panel, or updates need to performed by the customer itself.
What are the benefits of Self-managed hosting?
A Self-managed VPS or Dedicated Server provides more flexibility. You can install or run your own software, operating system, or applications which gives you a lot of freedom and control. Furthermore, you can perform updates whenever you want. If you have a wide technical knowledge of hosting it could also be cheaper since you only order a plain server with OS installation.
But what if you do need technical support and help with critical issues such as server failures or software installations?
Custom OS installations, Control Panel or SSL configurations can take a lot of time especially if you are not sure how you should install things. There are customers who simply do not have the time to manage the server or who do not have enough technical knowledge. This is where you should consider a Managed VPS or a Managed Dedicated Server. The greatest difference between managed hosting and unmanaged hosting is the level of support that you receive from your hosting provider. At Snel.com you can choose from 3 levels of support all include guaranteed response times and a great level of support by a team with more than 20 years of experience. Our managed hosting plans are an excellent solution for customers who only want to focus on their own business without worrying about their server management. We will completely install the server for you including, OS, backup, control panel, and we monitor the server against irregularities.
What are the benefits of Managed Hosting?
The setup of your Managed VPS or Managed dedicated server is effortless. Everything is completely installed for you so it is time-saving. It gives you the chance to only focus on your own work. It minimizes risks because everything is monitored and managed by a team with more than 20 years of experience.
What should you choose?
If you do have enough technical knowledge and you feel comfortable enough to maintain and update your applications, then you should choose for self-managed hosting. If you have any doubts about your knowledge or if you simply do not have the time to manage your server then you should stick with managed hosting.