managed versus shared hosting

Managed Versus Shared Hosting: The Pros & Cons Of Each

Today’s article is all about managed versus shared hosting. I’m going to discuss the pros and cons of each, and then give my final recommend on which type you should use. Let’s go!

What Is Web Hosting?

According to Wikipedia:

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.

So web hosting company may buy or lease servers in a data center and then rent those out for customers to use. What are servers? Think of them as bigger and more power computers. Servers have powerful CPUs, more memory, larger capacity disks, and high-bandwidth network ports to allow multiple users access it at once and get the information they need.

To see servers in action inside of a data center (and to learn more about data centers), view the video below:

So you choose a web hosting package, the company takes one of the servers they own and prepares a portion for you to use.

There are different types of web hosting packages:

  • Managed hosting
  • Shared hosting
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS)
  • Dedicated servers

I’ll discuss managed versus shared hosting in a bit, but I will spend a small amount of time discussing the other two options.

Virtual Private Server (VPS)

VPS allows customers to control more about the configuration of their leased server. So if your website needs more control over the operating system or software, then a VPS is a good choice. However, you still share this server with other customers, and they are pricey to lease per month.

Dedicated Servers

The most expensive of all the web hosting packages, dedicated servers allows a customer to lease an entire server for their website or service. This gives them complete control of configuring and running the server. This is great for very popular sites (like Google or Amazon).

Managed Versus Shared Hosting: What Is The Difference?

Managed Hosting

This hosting is usually the cheapest hosting package a customer can buy. It is sometimes advertised as “WordPress Hosting.” Again, you lease part of a server to run your website or web application. However, with this type of hosting the web hosting company controls the entire server. The lessee or tenant on the server has no control over the operating system used or the software running it.

Pros:

  • Very inexpensive prices plans.
  • Great for personal blogs or small websites / businesses.
  • The web hosting company performs all the updates to the servers, including software update.

Cons:

  • The servers offered usually have lower technical specifications, so if your website grows significantly your performance can suffer.
  • You do not have access to the back-end systems. So you may not have access to cPanel or other software.
  • If you need SFTP or database access, you may or may not have access to it. Or you have to go through a process to implement it.

Shared Hosting

This hosting is more expensive than managed hosting but cheaper than a VPS or a dedicated server. Just like with managed hosting, shared hosting allows you to lease a portion of the server to run your site or applications. Again, the hosting company controls the server and you as the tenant have no control over the operating system or the software running it.

Pros:

  • Affordable prices plans.
  • Great for small & medium websites / businesses.
  • The web hosting company performs all the updates to the servers, including software update.
  • You have access to cPanel, SFTP, and databases.
  • Some companies offer a website builder program.

Cons:

  • The cheapest plans can have sparse features, meaning you will have to spend more if you need additional features.
  • Some companies offer free services with a chosen plan, but those services become non-free after a period of time. I see this often with free domain name and SSL certificate offered with shared hosting.

Which Hosting Is Right For You?

If you are running a personal blog or a small WordPress website, then I recommend managed hosting due to the low cost and ease of use. I use this hosting for my personal site. If you grow bigger, you can always transfer everything over to shared hosting.

However, if you want to run an Ecommerce site or your company offers web applications, then choose shared hosting. You can’t have slow performance because that will drive your visitors and customers away.


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1 month ago

[…] if you are just starting out with your application or website, then I suggest using Shared Hosting. It’s cheaper and there’s less maintenance […]

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