When first approaching the topic of Virtual Private Servers, users can feel intimidated because they have not managed any server before. It is not such a daunting task, but it does require some technical knowledge in terms of maintenance.
You could view the Virtual Private Server as a remote computer. As your computer runs on an operating system, your Virtual Server hosting provider can install a user-friendly operating system that will help you manage the virtual space. You can install all the software you need here if it does not violate the provider’s policies.
The provider usually also installs a control panel. That is software to manage your resources on the server. If you are a web developer, you may need to install several control panels for each client you manage.
Benefits of an Unmanaged Virtual Private Server
Unmanaged Virtual Private Server means that the provider can install the operating system and the control panel and hands you control over your VPS.
From then on, whatever needs to happen for the administration of your VPS is your responsibility. The virtual server hosting provider gives you the hardware. This is not unlike being given the keys to your rental property with some basic furniture inside. How you decorate, clean, and maintain is up to you.
Downsides of an Unmanaged Virtual Private Server
Just like it requires some skill and time to decorate and maintain a property, you need some technical skill and knowledge to manage the server, the operating system, and the other resources.
If you happen to be a tech specialist with a lot of development know-how, you might not need any extra tools to simplify server management. They might even get in the way of full control over the server.
In this case, the unmanaged option will work for you. You will still have some helpful tools and (in most cases) a control panel, but for the most part, you will have full control over the configuration and the security of your virtual space. The biggest plus is that you can do whatever you want and however you want. And it is also less expensive.
If you are not a tech-savvy developer but have time and passion, there are plenty of guides and resources to help you maintain your VPS virtual space.
However, virtual server maintenance can take time away from other aspects of your business, such as marketing, growth, and strategy, especially if you are not an expert and need to learn how to do things from scratch.
If you’re a first-timer who doesn’t know how to set things up or don’t want the hassle of managing an IT backend of the VPS, you can choose among the provider’s managed VPS plans.
Managed VPS for a Stress-free Journey
If you are a business owner who wants to focus on the growth and development of your company, delegate the administration of your VPS to technical experts. Your VPS provider can customize a plan with managed VPS hosting services.
These include, among others:
- Server maintenance
- Software updates
- Security audits
- Malware removal
You can check with your provider for the full array of services and decide on the extent of responsibility you want them to take off your shoulders.
Managing your Virtual Private Server requires some technical knowledge. You can choose an unmanaged Virtual Private Server if you have a technical background or the desire and time to learn how to do it.
On the other hand, you can choose a managed VPS service if you prefer to focus on the growth of your business and leave the day-to-day IT tasks to your hosting provider. The right service can make sure your VPS stays healthy and secure.
It is better to start with a managed VPS plan if you are on the fence. It’s best to play it safe, even if you must pay a little more initially. Having your hosting account compromised over a technical slipup is the last thing you need.