Managed and unmanaged hosting services are intended for customers with various needs. Both services have their pros and cons, and should be chosen on the basis of the technical expertise and the needs of a particular website.
Managed hosting, as the name indicates, has several advantages. The most important advantage is that it provides end-to-end server management, and looks after all server-related troubleshooting requirements. This could be a big relief for a website owner who doesn’t need to worry about a server’s needs or its maintenance.
The website owner won’t also need to worry about the server side hardware and software requirements such as the choice of the operating system, network connectivity or administrative controls. All these come along with the managed hosting package. The site owner’s responsibility is only limited to the hosting of content. This can be achieved from the same city, another city or even another country.
Several managed hosting companies even provide easy to use control panels in order to enable inexperienced site administrators to set up and make their websites function. These control panels are programmed in order to execute complex commands at the click of a button. They also solve problems that might arise at the server end during the course of hosting.
Another important issue that is looked after by managed web hosting services is bandwidth. These monitor the sites to study the traffic density, and make arrangements for smooth data transfer. They also take care of load balancing, which is extremely important for sites that attract high traffic. Without this device, the traffic will get choked.
In contrast, unmanaged hosting services provide customers with the capability of a remote server administration. The customer will then take care of all server-related requirements. Nevertheless, to do so the customer should be well versed in server management or else hire a technically qualified and experienced server administrator.
Unfortunately, server administrators don’t come without any costs. These costs will be difficult to afford for small and medium websites. They will also leave a vacuum when they quit. The new server administrator will then have to spend several weeks to understand how the sites are configured.
Managed hosting then seems like the best solution. It saves websites the trouble of managing the server, and helps them to focus on their core area of activity – that is hosting content. They also save money in the process due to the fact that managed hosting is much cheaper than the cost of hiring a full-fledged server administrator.
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