Managed Hosting vs. Self-Managed: Which is Right for Your Business?

Choosing the right hosting solution is critical to the success of your business. Whether you are hosting a website to maintain online brand presence, or even if e-commerce forms the core of your business model, you will need a reliable hosting that helps you achieve your business goals.

In addition to choosing the right service provider, you’ll need to determine whether you need a managed hosting solution. With fully managed servers you can get access to the technology you need, even if you don’t have the technical know-how to install and maintain your own server.

If you’re confused about the differences between managed servers and their self-managed counterparts, then this simple guide will help you to make the right decision for your business.

Managed WordPress Hosting

Due to its flexibility, reliability, and extensive plugin support, WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) available today. The user-friendly interface of WordPress is one of the reasons why it has dominated the CMS market, but that ease of use does not translate to server installation, setup, and maintenance.

Not everyone has the experience or technical inclination to install, configure, and maintain a WordPress server. With managed WordPress hosting, this won’t become a problem.

Managed hosting for your WordPress site can provide you with:

  • Automatic installation and updates for WordPress.
  • Free migration of your existing WordPress site.
  • One click installs for plugins and applications.
  • Automatic updates for plugins that you use for site functionality.
  • Automatic backups to protect your data and ensure business continuity if there are problems with your site.
  • Access to your server through a simple cPanel or WHM interface for simple management of your domain and site. (We can also manage this for you.)

With standard self-managed hosting you would need to arrange for installation of WordPress. Your plugins and all maintenance would ultimately be your responsibility. If you don’t have the experience or even the time, then you would need to rely on costly IT support services to get the same results as you’ll find with managed WordPress hosting.

It’s simple, really. If you have never managed a WordPress server, if you want a convenient solution that allows you to work on your site from the standard user interface, and if you can appreciate industry-leading security and DDoS protection, then managed hosting makes sense.

You’ll also have genuine support available from experienced professionals, and built-in security that keeps your site and your brand safe from external attacks.

Managed hosting for WordPress gives you simplified access to a dedicated server that offers all the flexibility you need.

Managed Hosting on a Virtual Private Server

If you need more powerful hosting for high traffic sites, critical sites and applications, then a managed VPS (Virtual Private Server) solution could be perfect for your needs.

The advantages of a managed VPS are significant.

With a self-managed VPS, you would rent a bare-bones solution and take care of all installation and maintenance yourself. This includes installing the OS and any applications that will run. You would setup and maintain your own database, and you would need to configure your security. Troubleshooting problems could become frustrating and difficult without in-depth knowledge of how servers function.

The alternative, and the best solution in most cases would be to choose a managed VPS hosting solution with cPanel, where you can get benefits like configuration and OS installation, 24/7 support, and the cPanel will still give you the flexibility to make changes when (or if) you want to.

If you need the adaptability of a managed server that also provides control panel access, then VPS hosting is the ideal solution.

Include CPanel with Your Server for Dedicated Support from Certified Professionals

The advantages of fully managed servers are clear. Whether you need a managed cloud hosting account, a managed VPS with industry-leading performance and uptime, or a managed WordPress dedicated server; you will always benefit from the increased level of support and flexibility.

From managed backups, to application installs, and even 24/7 technical support, choosing a managed hosting Service will benefit your organization. Spend more time focusing on day to day business and less time micromanaging your web presence.

If you aren’t an experienced developer with webhosting and server management expertise, then fully managed servers are always the better choice. With managed hosting from Hostround, you’ll enjoy cost-competitive, scalable, and highly reliable services that allow you to achieve your goals.