Is it easy to manage a VPS account, being a dummy!`
I have bought an unmanaged VPS from photonVPS. They provide semi-managed VPS.
Earlier i was hosting my account over a shared host using cpanel, and it is for the first time i have chosen a VPS and an unmanaged one.
I am a dumb in this field.
Is it difficult to handle VPS accounts? I have ordered DirectAdmin panel, i can handle that, but wht about VPS?
Is it easy or i will need assistance at high level?
If you are not experienced, your VPS will easily get hacked or have severe performance issues soon.
Having a shared hosting account and having a VPS is very different. Next step of shared hosting is not unmanaged VPS, it's a fully-managed VPS.
So, unless you are a linux expert or have enough enthusiasm for studying linux 10+ hours per day before you get hacked, go with a fully managed VPS, or hire someone who knows what he is doing. By the way, not everyone knows what they are doing, even if they claim to do so. Actually I would say your chances of getting help from the correct person is about 5%, so I would strongly recommend you get a fully-managed VPS from a company with a knowledgeble support staff.
When you get a fully managed server with all security and performance pathces applied, you can take your time for learning linux management, and move towards an unmanaged VPS over the several months or years.
In short, it's not easy and you will need assistance at a very high level.
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If you are not having any experience in managing VPS, I'd recommend you to hire a sysadmin or services from one of the server management companies to secure your box and thereafter perform a routine audit every fortnight. Since you will be having a control panel which you are familiar with, you shouldn't have difficult time in managing day to day activities.
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Getting an unmanaged VPS and hiring a system admin, overall it sounds a very expensive solution. The best option is to go for a fully managed VPS, it would be cost effective and also the system administration work would be taken care of by the VPS provider.
If you want to learn yourself on unmanaged, absolute first thing to do: create backup copy from whatever VPS control panel you have, because at some point you will break it or get hacked, and will need an image to restore. Second stop, read up on securing or hardening your OS (I guess probably will be centos) once you have learnt to do this you will have taught yourself some useful sysadmin skills for life
I purchased a cheap unmanaged VpS 3 months ago, luckily my provider support guy took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. I still allow him to provide all my services and I now run a decent customer base. Take the time do it right, a fellow friend of mine leaped right in took no precautions built up a decent customer base got hacked, lost 80% of his business in 24 hours. That's all it takes is one. I also have been a linux user for a few years now which helps quite abit.
So I suggest get a cheap one learn on it break it, reinstall it, etc etc get a feel how to protect yourself, you would be amazed how many port scans can go on your server from so many different locations in the world. Pretty much think of it as everyones out there to get ya with no consequence being the internet. Yarrrr she be like like the open seas. I should of been to bed 3 hours ago.
A managed VPS with a hardened install of cPanel is probably your best bet. Have the provider set it up for you and secure the server. After that you can install your sites and it should be just like your shared hosting was, except you'll have much more control over your sites and resources.
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VPS managed all the way, especially if you don't have the experience.
The nice thing about managed, is it allows the opportunity to "F" up, and can be easily fixed by people who know what they are doing, while you gain valuable experience.
Just because it is managed, does not mean you cannot learn. It just allows you the freedom from your learning mistakes.
I will say this though. If you do not plan on kind of major content, or can afford data loss, and do not have any form of client base that relies on you, and have the time.... then by all means get a cheap unmanaged account and start learning. But, if you or anyone is dependent upon you, and you don't have the experience..... well... you get the picture.