What’s the difference between managed and unmanaged VPS hosting and which is best for me?
Essentially, managed VPS hosting refers to a hosting plan where the server management is carried out by the web host on the customer’s behalf. Unmanaged (or self-managed) VPS hosting is when the customer carries out server management themselves.
With an unmanaged VPS plan, the customer will need the technical expertise to carry out server administration. Some companies choose this type of plan so that they have greater control over how they configure their VPS.
Most customers prefer these technical tasks to be carried out by a VPS expert and thus opt for a managed VPS hosting plan. This cuts down risk and frees you up to focus on your website.
Which is best for you? Unless you have a specific need to manage your own VPS and have the know-how to carry it out, we recommend managed VPS hosting.
Does VPS require a lot of technical knowledge?
Not at Webhosting UK. Our managed VPS hosting solution means customers don’t need to worry about the more technical aspects, like server management, as we do these on your behalf. As for the day-to-day management of your website and hosting, we provide industry-leading control panels like cPanel and Plesk Onyx, together with useful tools, like our one-click installer and WordPress Toolkit, that make managing your hosting a breeze.
Can I get backups with my VPS hosting plans?
We provide an advanced backups solution to give you complete peace of mind. This provides managed backups that give total control over the backup frequency, retention length and encryption level.
What is VPS Hosting?
A VPS is a virtual private server. It is created by using virtualisation software that establishes a number of independent virtual servers on a single physical server. While this gives it similarities to shared hosting, VPS are, actually, far more like mini dedicated servers.
VPS hosting, therefore, is a hosting solution in which customers have their own virtual private server, independent operating system and allocated resources. You have the freedom to choose your own operating system and run the apps you want, while having all the resources you need (CPU, RAM, storage and bandwidth) to run them - far more resources than with a shared hosting account.
This makes VPS the perfect solution for those who have outgrown shared hosting but are not yet ready for a dedicated server. They are also significantly less expensive than a dedicated server.