Anyone who builds a website today will have to deal with web hosting. I have already explained in a previous blog how to choose the best hosting for your website. In this article I would like to zoom in on the differences between shared and managed hosting. This way you will know which form is the most advantageous for your new website!

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Shared Hosting

There are three types of web hosting that we can distinguish: shared hosting, unmanaged hosting and managed hosting.

What does shared hosting mean?

If you have a small website, shared hosting is a good option. Here you can share space on a server with others. It is one of the most common forms of hosting and is often a lot cheaper.

Despite the fact that shared hosting seems advantageous, the question is whether it benefits the performance of your website. You are often on a server with many, which slows down your website or sometimes takes it down. In addition, you cannot fine-tune your website as well as with the other options.

Advantages and disadvantages

I have already briefly mentioned them above, but I would like to go into more detail. In terms of benefits, shared hosting naturally offers a very low rate. From €3 to €25 per month you can get it for a really cheap price. Within that package you often also get the chance to host multiple websites for the same rate. You understand that this must go wrong somewhere.

And it does. Due to the low income, the server is so crammed with websites (to cover the costs) that these websites will never reach a top speed. In addition, the loading speed of your website will also depend on what other sites are doing with the server at that moment. Not only less performance, but also less support and service.

Managed Hosting

Managed hosting is the other option besides shared hosting. There are two different forms of this, of which unmanaged hosting is only available to those who really have some knowledge of it.

Brief explanation on unmanaged hosting

This is quite rare, because here you get to work with your web hosting yourself. It is often a good option for start-ups with a smaller budget, but who still have the necessary knowledge of websites and development. Of course, this form also entails risks.

What does managed hosting mean?

Managed hosting is often used by small to medium-sized businesses that have a website that has a fair amount of traffic. They are willing to invest in managed hosting that they know will be tailored to their CMSand thus deliver better performance.

To give you an estimate, the average WordPress managed hosting comes down to around $25 to $150 per month, depending on the size and needs of the website.

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Disadvantages of managed hosting

We’ll start with the cons this time, as a lot of pros follow. As you read above, there are a bit more costs associated with managed hosting. With some packages you will also notice that there are limits on the number of websites you can host, the number of visitors to the website and the plugins you use.

Benefits of managed hosting

Then, the benefits! One of the big differences between shared and managed hosting is the support you get. If you have a problem with your server/website, you obviously want it to be resolved as quickly as possible.

In addition to good support, you are also assured that your website will always perform well, and you can fine-tune it even further to achieve the best performance. One of the most important parts here is the speed of your website, which is also important for your SEO nowadays. This speed is also obtained by data centers in your area. Your website is not hosted on a server in America, but for example on one in Germany.

Managed hosting also provides automatic backups, so you never lose data from your website. In addition, you get access to functions that are useful for developers, such as a staging website where you can try out new things without having to change your current website.

Finally, with managed hosting you can be sure that your website is properly secured. When you choose a server with shared hosting, the chance that a hacker can penetrate your website is a lot higher. Of course, you don’t want that!

What do I prefer?

You probably notice it already, but I prefer managed hosting. You pay a little more, but you get so many benefits in return.

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