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  1. #1
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    * VPS: Managed or Un-Managed?

    What is the actual difference between Managed or Un-Managed?

    I have a managed VPS now and I contact support maybe once every 4
    months with a question. Is it worth it to me to have a Managed VPS?

    Does Un-Managed VPS's include WHM and Cpanel?


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    Managed generally means, if it is something that you do not know how to install, server security, something software related needs to be worked out, and so on, then that generally falls under the managed category.

    Unmanaged, you are on your own. Basically, you break it, you fix it. Unless you want to pay a fee to have it fixed.

    Yes, unmanaged VPS generally come with cPanel/WHM.

    If you need managed or unmanaged, well stating what I said above, that would be your decision
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    Flip it around. Will the cost savings be more or less than you would save if your server is down for a few hours whilst you fix it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2b2 View Post
    Flip it around. Will the cost savings be more or less than you would save if your server is down for a few hours whilst you fix it?
    Great point. I only know how to correct issues thru WHM or Cpanel. Beyond that I do not have a clue.

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    The big difference is with UnManaged VPS you need to take care of the whole system, to keep everything up to date and secure, while on a Managed server the company hosting you will most likely to take care of all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dthbah2006 View Post
    Great point. I only know how to correct issues thru WHM or Cpanel. Beyond that I do not have a clue.
    Taking your reply I would say you would be better off staying on managed

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    I recommend getting a managed vps if it is your first. Once you get a little more experianced, then go on to unmanaged.

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    I would also recommend sticking with managed VPS until you get more familiar with them. cPanel/WHM is an addon and most hosts will install this for you.
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    CPanel/WHM can be included in an unmanaged VPS (or for an extra fee).

    Most of the unmanaged providers are willing to help you here and there.

    But if you don't have the knowledge to manage the full system yourself, think of the managed price as an insurance: the provider is there when you need him, even if you're not submitting tickets every 5 minutes .

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    I would also understand what exactly is covered (and inversely what is not) with managed. I've been on some "unmanaged" accounts that provided me with more support then so called "managed" ones.

    In your case this is prob not an issue though.

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks to all of you for the great info that you have provided.

    I will probably stay with a Managed VPS so I can stay focused on promotion and growth of my sites instead of worrying about the VPS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dthbah2006 View Post
    What is the actual difference between Managed or Un-Managed?

    I have a managed VPS now and I contact support maybe once every 4
    months with a question. Is it worth it to me to have a Managed VPS?

    Does Un-Managed VPS's include WHM and Cpanel?

    Its always good to have a managed server. Is it worth it? How much are you paying right now for the server?

    Un-Managed VPS can come with WHM/cPanel, but it will usually cost you additional 10-14 dollars depending where you get the license.

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    Talking

    What is the going rate for freelance VPS Management Services?

    I may get the VPS Un-Managed and then hire someone to manage it for me.


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    Hey Dthbah,

    That's what I would go - get an unmanaged VPS and third party provider for administration - I often mention these two companies for administration: bobcares.com and platinumservermanagement.com - no connection with either one of them.

    Might cost you some extra, but is well worth it - sleep well at night and let the providers watch each other. Concentrate on promoting your business and sales.

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