Setting up server whit not a lot of knowladge - is it possible?
I have been year whit shared hosting and i have feeling i need more (specially because one planned site will start to take more resources then usual shared hosting can provide), so I was planing to rent this dedicated server from ***********:
But the problem is that i have no experience of setting up linux webserver and my linux usage has been in user level only.
So is there even point for me to try? Will it need a lot of knowledge to set up web-server, install web hosting control panel software (something as simple to use as cPanel but no need all the features, just the basic ones... so i can have 3-4 clients who can manage their own control panel and websites)..
I also have been thinking of running the webistes in VM inside this dedicated server, so i can easily backup and restore if anything gos wrong. Not sore what way to go!
What would cost to hire some linux guru for a couple of hours so he will set the server up for me up to this level that i can log in, add hosting accounts, log in to hosting accounts and add webistes there in i do in current shared webhosting accounts currently? How many hours of work it would be to get to this point?
I would look for a company offering server management along with their dedicated servers. If you're not ready for the jump to a dedicated server look for a fully managed VPS solution with a lot of resources.
As others have suggested, either go with a managed provider or hire a third party management company. What's your budget? It may play a significant role as to which direction and solution you move forward with.
I'm not sure if your provider offers the support you're looking for or not since it's blocked, but another option is to contact them first before considering other options.
I second the option to go with management. However, I also feel if you have time go with a smaller VPS package. Search for those really basic packages to give you time to try out and explore setting up your own server. Its not as tough as it seems if you have the time to read through forums and threads. I would suggest searching around for tutorials since there are many around here - past and present regarding different things. Google is another good place to use to search from.
Overall, if you have time and feel confident you can definitely find some way to install and manage your own server. Again, if you really have the budget - go with managed support, otherwise if you have enough time pick a very small vps package (low costing one) and give it a test run and meanwhile play around. Just make sure OS reloads are easy to do so you can always restart your testing from scratch.
Thank you for all the replies, you give me a lot of thought and it's great help for me!
I was really hyper about this company before because their website looked promising and also some review sites was not so bad ( http://www.dedicatedserverdir.com/se...spx?spid=10434 like this one there.. but it sounds almost to good... like these "review" sites that place "reviews" for money up to their website... might this be the case here also?).
But yeah, even if they are good i can see from other forums that they are not mean to be for linux n00bs (like me lol)
bsh: my budget is actually really really low but often i have discovered that some "big" things are often really easy if you find right kind of software. (some simple things again have turned out to be really hard sometimes).
But yeah... i try to look expenses that are less then 120 dollars per month. But then again, if i can use the resources and re-sale it to some smaller companies..
TheServerExperts: yep, i will try to shop around and then look reviews about them from here (arrrh... just when i thought i found best price & quality combo..).
Any recommendation is welcomed.
The cpanel unfortunately seems to be to expensive for personal use or for small company so i try to find some reasonable alternative for this.
I actually have been googeling a lot but i just feel more confident to ask pros directly. There is so many bogus reviews in Internet that it's hard to get the fair picture if you are not continuously in this world
What would be reasonable hourly rate for linux guru for time of crisis i should consider? My problems will not be really high level so i do not think i need to hire entire company or some full time professional. (should i look it support from india or pakistan for good offers ?)
CPanel licensing shouldnt cost more than 15$ p/m to you. If you get a CPanel license you wont need a server admin too long or a management company. WHM/Cpanel is used by a lot of non-tech people and "n00bs" (though i dont like using the word). I would recommend a low budget server with cpanel/whm. You cant go wrong and it VERY EASY to use if you spend 2 days looking around and playing around with it. Most of it is automated (dns setup,etc). so its pretty easy.
It's possible but I would definatley reccomend hiring a management company/reputable systems admin to help you getting it setup.
The cost varies vastly depending on who you hire. A decent sysadmin can cost $100/Hour, or you could find someone just as good elsewhere for $25/Hour. Do be careful in who you let access your systems however.