Thank you greenvaluehost and net, I mentioned managed VPS but that term "managed" may be relative from provider to provider.
I know that using VPS vs shared gives us more access to the resources as in cpu and ram of the server and not as effected by what the neighbors a few bytes down are doing.
so I guess it still depends on what the host is providing in terms of service, either way we will be able to separate each domain with its own cPanel but the question remains for our situation which would be better.
if anyone can suggest based on experience a reliable host for either managed-VPS or Reseller plan I would appreciate that as well. I will go through the forum again and look up the companies, there are just so many here, WHT is huge.
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It also depends on your provider, the term 'managed' may slightly vary on each provider and you should always look on their terms of service or sla to know what management covers
If you go with a managed VPS, I'd suggest you a minimal knowledge of Linux platforms, if you really know nothing about Linux or WHM, you may break the system unintentionally, and even if it is a full-managed machine, it may take a few minutes (or even hours, who knows) for support to restore your VPS.
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As others have mentioned, the biggest difference between the two is the amount of effort needed to keep the system running in top form. The management provided with VPS services is almost always reactive rather than proactive, you'll need to keep a close eye on the server (services, logs, etc.). VPS servers are great, but it's important to allow for the increased responsibilities that come with them.
To get a management level similar to that of a reputable reseller webhost, you'll want to look at fully managed VPSs with proactive management. This means that they'll update server software when there are vulnerability fixes, monitor the VPS 24x7 and troubleshoot issues that cause it to go down, etc. A reseller host will always do this type of proactive management because they're managing the node for many customers.
A proactive, fully-managed VPS plan will come at a cost premium compared to a comparable reseller account because it requires more dedicated management, but VPSs do have the advantages that others have mentioned in this thread.
Thank you ravi_9793, Chris-WS and DWS2006, BrettB you make a very important point; "proactive management" of managed-VPS host is probably harder to find than a good reseller shared host plan.
The good responses from you guys are much appreciated:
Does anyone know of a provider that is known for being proactive in managing their managed VPS clients, AND has Reseller plans?
I understand that there's a cost/service-level ratio but trying out multiple providers over a short periods to find the right one may still not provide a clear solution. If there are a couple good reliable hosts that offer both Reseller shared and "proactively" managed VPS it would make things simpler.
I am very new to VPS hosting, have few VPS that I bought in last few months.
However, I have reseller accounts for almost two years, and I must say there is nothing more enjoying than selling hosting from reseller account.
I think that if you are unable to fully manage VPS yourself, you should go for reseller, and when the time is right go for dedicated server.
Managed VPS is expensive, you will have to pay a lot more then with reseller account, and then you will have to raise prices of your hosting, or work for nothing. And even when you pay double for VPS, you still have a lot more responsibilities than you would have with reseller hosting. You will hardly be able to use benefits of VPS at this stage, if you are unable to manage it yourself
If you decide to got with a managed vps sins you do not already have any management skills what so ever then I would like to suggest beware if who you choose to be your provider and be sure they cover what you need covered. Not knowing anything dealing with a vps can be a risk for yourself getting a server because if one day something happens and your server admin is not around then you'll be able to do what their suppose to do just incase.
Reseller hosting is good and reliable depending on who you choose. It's good because it's simple and you won't have to worry about any server aspects what so ever because your upstream provider will handle it.
Overall there are baby benefits with reseller hosting just like there is with vps. In the end of the day it all depends on who you choose and what are your needs , wants and goals on how will you accomplish them .
would a normal shared reseller work or a managed VPS is more for our needs?
Neither (or either) - you've not provided any information tat can be used to make an assessment :p
What ecommerce app or is it custom written ?
What additional software/modules/extensions does it need ?
Will you be taking card details and so need PCI compliance ?
How many visitors per day, week, month ?
^ These are the sorts of details to organise a _long_ time before thinking about what kind of 'product' you buy ...
The TurnKey "root reseller" is a managed VPS. If you have root access to WHM and can not see the accounts of other resellers, you're not using a shared reseller account.
i know its manged VPS (root reseller). and its better then others resellers i have used some resellers from WHT but i am disapointed with theer service (server down, ddos and some others issue). but now i am using turnkey root reseller and now i am pretty satisfied. but one thing i dont like in turnkeyinternet which is slow support response.