Heya, I am thinking of moving my VPS hosting to wizzvps as they are cheap and UK based. I would like to manage my own VPS and I have reasonable knowledge of the linux command line and computing (I did my degree in Computer Science) however I have never managed a server, and I am a little unsure of what this will involve and what the pitfalls could be. I would be getting plesk on the server so I assume most tasks could be done through that? Also does anyone know of any good VPS management tutorials or anything similar?
You have taken the right decision of considering a control panel with the VPS. The Plesk control panel automates a large number of tasks that allow you to concentrate on productivity rather than server administration. I'm not sure whether wizzvps VPS's are managed on unmanaged but if its managed then it would be an added advantage for you.
Without a controlpanel you will surely learn more, but it will also be difficult if you never administrator a server. Using a controlpanel like plesk or cpanel will help you a lot and yes most things can be done via the controlpanel.
I have searched for tutorials but am struggling to find much decent stuff, I am thinking one of a couple of things at the moment, either:
Get the cheapest package, no control panel and try to figure it out myself (I could always add plesk at a later date)
Get the cheapest package, with Plesk try to figure it all out but use plesk as a backup
Exactly what I said above - frustration and invest...so go with a webpanel. Again, thats what I suggested above. Trust me if you feel the webpanel was useless you can remove it later - and at least youd have functioning stuff (hopefully) that you created using the panel as required.
If you have linux experiences it is really not too difficult, there are some more security options to check and so on but after all webserver administration is nothing more than basic linux administration. So it is about you if you know Linux inside out you do not have to fear anything, because what these webintefaces (Administration planels) do is nothing more than editing the basic linux config files.