I thought a Virtual Private Server (VPS) was just like a shared plan except it comes with nothing but I can put in anything I want. As it turns out, it’s not so simple.
My first foray last Friday night was so overwhelming and frustrating, I canceled my plan just a couple hours after getting it. Totally discouraged. Bummed.
Part of it was my own ignorance. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, as they say. But it was also a significant chunk of their fault. This host — we’ll discuss that later — has an unbeatable reputation and my previous experience with them was impressive to the max. Friday night — my first time getting support as a paid customer — sucked hardcore.
Refusing to be deterred, I kept researching over the weekend and found tons of resources for the newbie True Administrator. True Back End. No cPanel, not software, just … building a software fire with only a rock and some twigs. Here are the resources I’ve found that I’m about to start absorbing like a sponge. I’ll document everything I do so that anyone finding this isn’t as deer-in-the-headlights as I was.
In subsequent posts, I’ll explain what all these are and such. At present, this is just my list o’ links all in one place.
Free DNS Service
DNS Management: Record Types and When To Use Them
DNS Management: Zones, Record Types, and Record Composition
A2hosting How to configure a domain for a semi-managed product
A2hosting How to configure custom name servers
A2hosting Configuring domain settings
A2hosting VPS Quick Start Guide
3 Free Control Panels for VPS Administration
A2hosting How to access and use Webuzo on a semi-managed server
A2hosting Getting Started Guide: Accessing Your Account
How To Log In To Your VPS
A2 Hosting Ubuntu Virtual Private Server Guide
A2hosting: Ubuntu Virtual Private Server (VPS) Setup
Basic Virtual Private Server Administration
VPS Administration for the Absolute Beginner
Ubuntu VPS Step-By-Step Configuration Notes
VPS – Technical FAQ, Additional Services and Definitions