What is an Unmanaged VPS?

At first glance, the term ‘Unmanaged VPS’ seems pretty straightforward. Nevertheless, it might surprise you to discover the components worth considering while not only defining what an Unmanaged VPS is, but also why it is beneficial to some and an inconvenience to others.

This blog post will clarify all those in-between pieces that come with getting started with an Unmanaged VPS.

A VPS, or a Virtual Private Server, is a virtual server stored with other virtual servers within one larger physical server via a process called virtualization. It is called a ‘Private’ Server because it gives you your very own set of dedicated resources that can’t be accessed or used up by anyone else.

If you would like to brush up on your knowledge of Virtual Private Servers, please feel welcome to review the details provided in the below blog post:

Typically, hosting providers offer you the option of ordering either a Fully Managed or Unmanaged VPS based on your personal requirements. Fully Managed VPS plans come with support from the hosting company’s technical team; but what about Unmanaged VPS Hosting?

What is Unmanaged VPS Hosting?

Unmanaged VPS plans metaphorically give you the key to unlocking every aspect of the server. These VPS plans in particular are similar to dedicated servers in that they both give you full access to and control over everything.

What Does ‘Full Control’ Mean?

An Unmanaged VPS would grant you root access, meaning complete control over your server’s configurations, memory, storage, and applications (just to name a few things). Unmanaged VPS plans can be quite useful for technical experts that would like to customize the software applications installed onto their servers. If you have very specific requirements in terms of what extensions or applications you’d prefer, and you have technical prowess, an Unmanaged VPS may be worth looking into.

‘Complete control’ entails you handling nearly everything related to your VPS with the exception of storing the server. This includes items such as server maintenance, updates, DNS management, backups, configuration, and troubleshooting. Additionally, you would be in charge of installing software for your server and even managing scripts.

Unmanaged VPS Plans Are Not For the Technical Novice

Any hosting provider will advise you to only select an Unmanaged VPS option if you know what you are doing in terms of handling the technical matters pertaining to your server.

For Unmanaged VPS Hosting, Hostwinds as the hosting provider would solely be in charge of storing your server and ensuring that it runs well for you. That’s why Hostwinds offers all clients a 99.9999% uptime guarantee!

P.S. ‘ensuring that it runs well for you’ involves monitoring and maintaining the network and physical hardware for the server.

P.P.S. ‘maintaining the network’ means keeping up network connectivity.

Thus, only clients with Fully Managed VPS plans would be able to reach out to a hosting company’s support team with questions unrelated to a server’s network or hardware.

The Best Perk of Unmanaged VPS Plans? Customization.

Root access allows you to customize and configure your VPS more to your liking. Well, not more to your liking per se, exactly to your liking. How would you like your server environment to be arranged? You get to decide with an Unmanaged VPS. The host gives you the hosting platform, and you have the freedom to configure it however you prefer.

In Other Words:

“If you feel comfortable taking on the responsibility of configuring your server, handling server maintenance, and taking care of server security concerns, you might consider setting up an Unmanaged VPS account. Newbies to server configuration procedures would be advised to consider a Managed VPS account.”

As the above Hostwinds blog post also mentions, making the right VPS choice all comes down to this question:

How much responsibility do you want?

Not comfortable working with a command line? In that case, it’s likely Unmanaged VPS Hosting is not for you. Nevertheless, options have evolved in that department in more recent years. Nowadays, server control panels exist such as the user-friendly Hostwinds Cloud Portal! You can also work with GUIs such as cPanel or Plesk.

Not comfortable working with your preferred operating system? It would probably be best to go with a Fully Managed VPS.

What is the Difference Between Fully Managed & Unmanaged VPS Hosting?

Other than the differences in pricing and support options, there are a couple more disparities between Hostwinds Fully Managed and Unmanaged VPS Hosting plans.

Difference in Time Devoted to Your VPS: Time is money as they say. Generally, it is considered ideal to devote your time and energy to your business rather than technical concerns such as maintaining a VPS, particularly if the business is relatively young. That said, if configuring your VPS just as you would like is of more importance than the time you could be spending doing other things, an Unmanaged VPS is the clear choice.

Another Difference: Technically it is riskier to get an Unmanaged VPS.

Why? Security.

Security is an Important Factor: If you aren’t technically advanced, it is advised not to go with an Unmanaged VPS for security purposes alone. It is much safer to have a hosting provider make sure your security is up to par rather than dealing with all that yourself.


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Long story short, it would be wise to be very comfortable with server maintenance, server configuring, and technical matters of the sort if you are thinking about getting an Unmanaged VPS. If you believe you can handle all that like a pro, please save yourself money and start playing around with your Unmanaged VPS today!

P.S. Hostwinds makes it easy to upgrade from an Unmanaged VPS to a Fully Managed VPS if that is ever something you need to do.

Make the Best VPS Choice For You & Order in Minutes!

That sums it up, folks. If you don’t like people messing with your server or configuring things you could configure yourself, you just might be ready for an Unmanaged VPS.

Rest assured that Hostwinds’ security is extraordinary for all hosting services, including each and every VPS Hosting plan.

If this blog post has inspired you to order a VPS, click any of the links below to either evaluate more information about Hostwinds VPS plans or to order now!


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Last Thing: The Hostwinds Team is always here to help if you need assistance while selecting the right plan for you. Please feel free to reach out to our support team anytime if you would like more extensive advice about whether or not to order an Unmanaged VPS.

Have a nice day!

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