With Unmanaged VPS hosting services, the VPS hosting provider usually gives you a primitive VPS configuration at the beginning and you have to install the operating system and related software yourself. The VPS hosting provider’s customer service is only responsible for the hardware maintenance of the VPS. With unmanaged VPS hosting services, the hosting provider does not provide technical support or maintenance. This means that you are responsible for all the usual VPS hosting server maintenance, which includes operating system and security software program updates… etc. So you will have to deal with any technical problems yourself. Such as restarting the server, setting up the VPS hosting, installing the database, installing the FTP server, etc.
With Managed VPS Hosting, the VPS hosting provider’s customer service will take care of all major VPS server management services, which include hosting server hardware maintenance, hosting operating system and system software updates, server restart, installation of software and program services that are generally commonly used in a VPS hosting environment, etc.
Most VPS hosts, whether Unmanaged VPS or Managed VPS, do not get involved in website level programming and software development, nor do they provide technical support for third party software. You will usually need to maintain your own website and installed software, and the VPS hosting provider will only be responsible for technical support at the hosting server level. Some VPS hosts charge only slightly more for Managed VPS hosting than for Unmanaged VPS hosting, but some VPS hosts often have a difference in cost between “managed” and “unmanaged” VPS hosting services hundreds of dollars per month. So it is important to check the price difference before considering Unmanaged VPS or Managed VPS services.