Diving Into VPS

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
https://dns.he.net/

DNS Management: Record Types and When To Use Them
https://pressable.com/blog/2014/12/23/dns-record-types-explained/

DNS Management: Zones, Record Types, and Record Composition
https://pressable.com/blog/2014/12/11/understanding-dns-record-types/

A2hosting How to configure a domain for a semi-managed product
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/configuring-domain-settings/semi-managed-vps-domain-management

A2hosting How to configure custom name servers
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/configuring-domain-settings/configuring-custom-name-servers

A2hosting Configuring domain settings
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/configuring-domain-settings

A2hosting VPS Quick Start Guide
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/vps-quick-start-guide

3 Free Control Panels for VPS Administration
https://lowendbox.com/blog/3-free-control-panels-for-vps-administration/

A2hosting How to access and use Webuzo on a semi-managed server
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/a2-hosting-products/accessing-and-using-webuzo-on-a-semi-managed-server

A2hosting Getting Started Guide: Accessing Your Account
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/accessing-your-account

How To Log In To Your VPS
https://www.ovh.com/us/g1260.how_to_log_in_to_your_vps

A2 Hosting Ubuntu Virtual Private Server Guide
http://jblevins.org/log/ubuntu-vps

A2hosting: Ubuntu Virtual Private Server (VPS) Setup
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/a2hosting-ubuntu-virtual-private-server-vps-setup-2.html

Basic Virtual Private Server Administration
https://www.teamits.com/internet/support/vps2/basic/index.html

VPS Administration for the Absolute Beginner
https://serverfault.com/questions/166391/vps-administration-for-the-absolute-beginner

Ubuntu VPS Step-By-Step Configuration Notes
http://learnaholic.me/2014/01/09/ubuntu-vps-step-by-step-config-notes/

VPS – Technical FAQ, Additional Services and Definitions
https://www.ovh.ie/vps/faq-help.xml

VPS Tutorial
https://www.mckerracher.net/vps

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