General speaking if you are going to purchase or lease a commercial control panel, it would be easier if your VPS service provider supports and offers it, that way you can get support if something goes wrong.
However, you can still install them on your own, better yet, there're plenty of free ones out there (some good ones are VHCS, Interworx single domain, ServerCP single user, etc).
The only catch is...you may not be able to install it yourself...due to lack of resources. Been there...done that. Webmin is the kindest...I've seen it run even on a little 64mb RAM VPS with very stingy resource allocations. As I have said many times before...if you hve a Virtuozzo or Openvz vps...you have to:
I've had installs fail on Xen as well...but Xen either works or doesn't..there's no way to find out *why* for sure..at least openvz/virtuozzo will tell you why...which...is not RAM or CPU..but...
If a host refuses to tell me what allocations I get...see ya. Next!
I see that some VPS hosting do not come with control panels, eg: cpanel, directadmin, etc or you have to rent them on a monthly basis.
My question is, if your VPS does not have any control panels, will you still be able to run it?
Pls forgive me for asking. I'll be moving to VPS for the first time, so I'm just curious.
It is possible to run it with no control panel but if you are going to be hosting other sites, you may want to get some control panel. This will give control panels (ability to check stats, set up email, etc., etc., etc.,) to each domain. Moreover, control panels make it much, much easier to maintain your server.
I agree with the earlier post that you should get the control panel installed by the provider (for many reasons, not least of which is 'support').
If this is your first vps, you may want to ask about which providers are recommended by others ... current recommendations ... even if some idiots say "that question gets asked every week" ..... just tell them that things change constantly ... e.g. dehe/andre fiasco (once recommended now despised by most)