Anyone who runs a slightly larger website needs as much power as possible.
The following article explains why a managed server can be a very good idea and what it is all about.
In addition, I go into my experiences with my managed server.
What is a managed server?
A managed server is basically a normal server, but it is managed by the hosting company, not by itself.
In a normal root server you have to take care of everything yourself, so make the settings, install server modules, perform updates, etc. This is not only a lot of work, but you also need good knowledge, no security holes or other problems cause.
By contrast, all care and support work on the managed server is taken over by the hosting provider himself, so you do not have to worry about it.
Otherwise, you can enjoy all the advantages of a server:
Most important, of course, is the high performance that such a server brings with it. Even big websites with a lot of visitors run buttery.
This is partly because you do not have to share the system resources with anyone and, for example, you can access the random access memory (RAM) all by yourself.
There is also great flexibility and many possibilities with the Managed Server. Maybe not so many, as if you would look after the server yourself, but still a lot.
The service is again better with many hosting providers if you have a managed server there.
By and large, with a managed server you have (almost) all the advantages of a root server, but without having its disadvantages.
Where is the catch then?
How much does a managed server cost?
This great combination you pay, in the truest sense of the word, with the price. While a root server costs from 30-40 USD per month, many managed server offers start at just under 100 USD per month.
This is simply because of the fact that the hosting provider naturally has to work on maintaining and maintaining the managed servers, at least more than with the root servers.
For more powerful managed servers, 200 or more dollars a month may be incurred, but of course, higher performance root servers would be more expensive.
Is it worth it?
At first glance, some will now think that this is not worthwhile. But even if it’s 60 or 100 USD a month more to pay for, it’s worth a managed server to many customers.
There are multiple reasons for this. So many website operators do not have the know-how to look after a root server itself. For this, you have to bring a deeper knowledge of Linux and know what is important.
Furthermore, it is also a question of time. If you have big websites (only then is a managed server worthwhile), then in the time you might be looking after the server, you can do something else that brings in money. 100 Euro means 1-2 hours of work a month, which you would rather put into something else.
In addition, one must react immediately when security incidents occur and import the appropriate patches. And if the server crashes you have to react immediately. You do not want that and often you can’t (at night or on weekends).
The bottom line is that for many website owners it pays to invest a few USD more into a managed server for several reasons.
My managed server
I myself have a managed server at DomainFactory for several years. After I was not so satisfied with different web hosting rates and the performance was partly suffered by many visitors, I switched to my own managed server from LiquidWeb and am very satisfied since then.
After the move, the number of visitors increased almost overnight by 10%, because the performance was much better and fewer visitors jumped off and the others stayed longer.
Since then, my various blogs and websites I’ve been running on my managed server have grown and significantly more visitors are browsing my pages. The performance is stable and leaves nothing to be desired.
In the case of problems or security gaps, you will react immediately. At this point, I have to especially praise DomainFactory because they handle it very openly and communicate problems immediately in public. As a result, it also reacts very quickly and openly.
I like to pay the price because I do not care about this important part of my online business and I do not have to worry.
Who needs a managed server?
Of course, a managed server does not make sense for everyone.
If you have one or more websites with more than 100,000 visitors per month, you can benefit from a managed server. This is especially true if these sites are very database and/or server-heavy.
If you are still one of those who has little or no idea about server support and Linux, it’s hard to get around a managed server.