cPanel will do almost everything for you (until things go wrong) but you still need to know how to use bash and yum, how to secure your VPS, and how to troubleshoot your own connectivity issues at a minimum if you decide to roll with an unmanaged service... also, whenever WHM/cPanel sends you an e-mail alert you should read it and follow any links to WHM/cPanel documentation - our support team had far too many cPanel tickets in which the subscriber forwarded along the alert after ignoring the link which described how to solve the problem.
Shared hosting: With shared hosting, your site is stored and served from the same physical machine as many other customers – possibly hundreds of them. All domains are drawing from the same CPU, RAM, and other resources.  This type of hosting is the lowest-priced option. However, your site’s speed and reliability suffer from other users, and you don’t get root access.
VPS is the abbreviation for the term Virtual Private Server. As this name suggests, there is a difference between VPS hosting and shared hosting. The system can run multiple virtual machines (the VPS) on a physical server. So you can use all the advantages and features of a dedicated server, just in a virtual form. Virtual machines have long been used by computer giants like IBM and HP, but VPS hosting is also gaining in popularity among Internet hosting providers.
VPS is a fantastic solution if your website has outgrown the space offered on a shared hosting plan, especially if you run multiple high-traffic websites. While dedicated servers are a big financial and technical investment, VPS offers an "in between" option that offers great flexibility and scope for a savvy Web developer without the hefty price tag.
Vrtualbox is an alternative to using VMware or when the old days you would use Virtual PC. It allows 64-bit operating systems and Irving and especially for testing 2013 and are more advanced nav features. It’s a great product because it also performs very well. So I’ve already downloaded the VirtualBox here so I would just go through the install. And it’s one of those simple ones is just like those next-next-next. It will give you a warning here that it actually will shut down the network interface for a short second. It’s not different than what virtual preceded.
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Alrighty than, wait to see if they'll be adding support for smartnofes. In case they don't have plans to include SMART soon, than since you're good with computers I suggest you rent a managed VPS and just dive in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard. But if you will use it only for your smartnofe, than turn off any other service to minimize the attack surface (like apache, mail and other servers you won't need).
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I have some sites hosted on a shared-hosting/cpanel environment and need to make a move up. I have some experience running my own server, but it is very basic (a local box to do live testing/file serv). My question is how difficult is it to run a VPS, should I buy a managed VPS (with stuff already installed), or unmanaged (blank box), and lastly if I go for unmanaged what steps should I take to keep my VPS secure? Edit: Also how difficult is it to backup files and databases? Can it be automated?
As you can see, each of these options has its own advantages, so you will need to weigh the options and determine which one will best meet your site’s needs. Depending on the amount of traffic your site receives, the resources needed to maintain the best performance for your site’s users, or any other specifications that you might need to consider (such as high availability, disaster recovery, or load balancing), either option might be best for you. If you need help determining the ideal solution for your website, please contact us to speak to a hosting expert.

Use Virtual Network to build your services that rely on Azure cloud services and Azure Virtual Machines. Use Azure web roles for your front end and virtual machines for backend databases. Combine platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in a virtual network to get more flexibility and scalability when you’re building apps.
Hey there, apologies for the delay in responding! Thank you for your interest in considering your web hosting options. We do have a reseller hosting option. To answer your question between shared and VPS hosting, I would recommend VPS hosting. This would allow each of your clients to have their own cPanel, whereas a shared account would only include one cPanel account. I recommend contacting our Sales Team via live chat for the most recent/up to date "rates". There are multiple options that you can consider; the prices are also available on our VPS hosting page. I hope this helps!
Should you need more speed and performance you can also consider switching to an ssd-powered VPS package which has the same advantages as a VPS but offers faster performance due to the presence of SSD hard drives. VPS SSD is highly recommended for websites that use a lot of disk caching, for example WordPress websites with the w3 Total Cache plugin
So that could be either a virtual machine - an operating system running inside another operating system, or a virtual private server - you rent a virtual server from a company, so you have your own internet-facing server running 24/7 relatively cheap (since it's not a real server, but one of many virtual server running on an actual server). I think he might have meant the later, since you'd have to run a snartnofe (btw I love that name) non stop to benefit from it.
If you want to customize your Web hosting server or need more technical flexibility than shared hosting, but the price tag of a dedicated server is prohibitive, then a VPS can be a brilliant option. You get full root-level access to install and delete software, set permissions, create accounts and determine your customized server environment – but because you are still sharing hardware you don't have to be concerned about the physical server maintenance and security.
You can use Amazon VPC to host multi-tier web applications and strictly enforce access and security restrictions between your webservers, application servers, and databases. You can launch webservers in a publicly accessible subnet and application servers and databases in non-publically accessible subnets. The application servers and databases can’t be directly accessed from the Internet, but they can still access the Internet via a NAT gateway to download patches, for example. You can control access between the servers and subnets using inbound and outbound packet filtering provided by network access control lists and security groups. To create a VPC that supports this use case, you can select "VPC with Public and Private Subnets" in the Amazon VPC console wizard.
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