A term you may see mentioned by several web hosts is Managed Hosting. Those who are shopping for a platform above that of regular shared hosting, such as VPS, Cloud or Dedicated, will likely see this term on hosting websites. But what exactly does it mean?

While every host will have a different interpretation of their services, the following definition provides a pretty fair idea of what managed hosting is:

Managed Hosting
Web hosting in which the hosting provider manages the network, hardware, and configuration of the hosting service. Often referred to in VPS, Cloud and Dedicated services, the host typically handles the service in the same way (or close to) they do their shared services, but with the addition of more advanced configuration.

The managed hosting environment is typically the option chosen by someone who doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to have to manage the server themselves. For instance, a small business who has a bustling website that is too popular for shared hosting will often choose to upgrade to a Managed VPS so the host can continue handling the server, and they can keep up with their business.

Managed hosting is usually more expensive than it’s opposite, unmanaged (or user managed) hosting. The premium cost is there to cover the additional labor and/or features that come with managed hosting. Still, if you don’t know much about managing a server environment, the extra cost is worth it, as you won’t have to learn to become a server administrator overnight.