Managed VPS vs Cloud Server Hosting?
Linux server hosting is a completely different world from software as a service (SaaS) website builders like Wix, Squarespace, and Bandzoogle. The DIY route always includes more possibilities. The purpose of this blog is to compare the two most powerful and cost-effective web hosting options, cPanel-Managed VPS vs. Cloud Server Hosting.
Although it is a great compromise between dedicated and shared server hosting, not everyone needs a virtual private server (VPS). If you’re unsure which Linux web hosting plan is best for you, it’s usually best to start with our cheaper Shared Hosting. Those hosting plans provide sufficient security and performance for startups and beginners. There are a few exceptions to this rule:
You have a resource-intensive website setup such as Magento or other applications with rigorous database (MySQL/PostgreSQL/MongoDB) usage
You need to manage websites owned by different webmasters in separate Directadmin accounts (popular for reseller solutions)
You need root access for any software installation
To be fair, there are free solutions that might help if your shared hosting plan uses excessive resources, mainly Cloudflare and application-specific optimization guides. Otherwise, if you meet the criteria above, you’ll need to start with one of two types of VPS hosting solutions:
Managed VPS Hosting includes 24/7 live technical support, Launch Assist for assistance getting started, and a server management application – usually cPanel alongside WebHost Manager (WHM) (hence the name cPanel-Managed VPS hosting).
Self-managed Cloud Server Hosting does not include cPanel or other graphical user interface (GUI) software, just the core Linux operating system (OS) or Linux distribution (distro). There is no free technical support provided besides ensuring that the server isn’t malfunctioning by fault of the hosting provider.
We don’t offer Managed VPS hosting with Plesk, DirectAdmin, or Virtualizor at this time. However, you could install either of these on your own VPS.
VPS vs Cloud Server AMP
Managed and Cloud Server Hosting plans have similar options in AMP
Both support Secure Shell (SSH), cPanel, cPanel alternatives, and basic server management options in your Account Management Panel (AMP) such as snapshots and nameserver DNS configuration.
Below we’ll discuss:
Managed VPS Hosting
- Cloud Server Hosting
- VPS vs Cloud Server Scalability
- VPS vs Cloud Server Performance
- VPS vs Cloud Server Security
- VPS vs Cloud Server Pricing
Managed VPS Hosting
The inclusion of Directadmin makes Managed VPS Hosting the next logical step for shared hosting customers who need more server disk space and database resources.
You keep cPanel, free AutoSSL certificates, and unlimited access to our 24/7 live support. We still provide proactive maintenance, regular cPanel updates, and highly-available (HA) uptime monitoring.
The most notable, new feature is root access (administrator rights) to your VPS. With this great power, comes great responsibility over your server performance, cPanel customizations, and cybersecurity posture. That includes server backups.
If all of that seems overwhelming, potential Networkmanager Hosting customers should remember you’ll also have Launch Assist available. This is basically a limited amount of free time with our Managed Hosting team to help you with time-consuming tasks when first setting up your new Linux VPS. Use it for transferring websites and email, requesting 1-on-1 advice about Linux system administration, or simply configuring software so you don’t have to yourself.
It doesn’t matter how you use it. But if you become an Networkmanager Hosting customer, use it. Let us help you save your time.
The major downside to VPS vs cloud hosting is the price:
Shared Hosting costs ~$5-$20/monthly
Managed VPS Hosting starts at ~$30/monthly
With the price multiplying by four, it would behoove you to take advantage of all features possible as a Directadmin VPS administrator.