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How to Manage your VPS Server and its Essential Softwares

Virtual Private Server (VPS) has come to be quite a popular web hosting option for many websites owners and developers. You probably went for VPS hosting because you realize the benefits it holds for your business in the online space, or for your work as a developer.

VPS hosting has a lot of perks attached to it. Its performance is enough reason for one to go for it–as the speed of loading a website is something that keeps visitors streaming in. A slow website can be a great turn-off for visitors that could've been converted to customers. Other perks are its scalability, security, reliability, and stability, as well as optimization.

Perhaps the most tantalizing of them is the resource control you get to have when you host your website under VPS. This means that you have more management flexibility and less restriction for you to customize your website or development space according to how you want it.

Although there's also room to choose managed VPS, there's no telling that you have the freedom to do what you want with an unmanaged VPS. If you opt for an unmanaged VPS, it comes with a lot of responsibility. One of the key steps towards managing your VPS server on your own is uploading the essential software, and become familiar with the server environment.

But why choose to manage your VPS server when you can just go for the managed VPS server? Here's is why.

Why You Should Manage Your Own VPS

With a managed VPS plan, you are not tasked with setting up your server, or technicalities like its maintenance. These are taken care of by your host provider. And it can be quite a tempting option for you to choose if you are not too tech-savvy. But if you're an experienced user with host services, you would still want to have control of your server environment.

Unmanaged VPS hosting means that you are responsible for everything in the virtual partitioned server dedicated to you. You have the freedom to set it up as you wish, with the OS (Operating System)–Linux or Windows–you desire, and the software you want. Another advantage it has is that it is cheaper than the managed VPS option. The key difference is learning how to manage it.

When you've familiarized yourself with things like the server environment and the CP (control panel), you would have the sweet experience of hosting web applications and domains that you want. Let's delve into how you can do this.

Managing Your Own VPS

Management of your VPS can take you a while to master. But once you do, you can do what pleases you with it. Here are steps on how to:

1. Understand the Control Panel: The primary control panel that you install with your VPS is the administrative head of your server. The CP gives you power and system control for a start, and also access to important data like IP information.

There are several CP software you can choose from. They include Ajenti, aaPanel, VestaCP, SolusVM, etc. SolusVM is a popular control panel software used by a2hosting. With this software, you can easily change the OS you choose to work with. You can also do things like boot, reboot, or shut down your server. You can further analyze your bandwidth, storage size (disk space), memory usage, logs, and statistics to enable you to make decisions on managing your VPS.

Simply log in to your CP. You will see the SolusVM interface. Next, begin to familiarize yourself with its interface. Everything you need to manage your VPS is on the interface.

2. Managing Your Domain Name System (DNS) Server: The next thing after the above step is to connect the domain(s) you want running on your VPS. You can begin this process by registering them with your host provider or transfer them. From there head over to your Customer Portal and click on My Domains. From here, you can see the domains you wish to manage. Then click on Manage Domain.

Next, set up name servers for your VPS(Linux servers or Windows servers). This helps direct the traffic on your domain to your server. Click on Nameserver interface and do this:

  • dns1.name-services.com
  • dns2.name-services.com

And so on, with the number of domains you have. After this, your domain(s) is set to go on your new VPS. You can decide to manage them again by accessing Management Tools, then click on Manage DNS to do what you want. You can also choose to manage your nameservers if you want. You can do this only if you have enough experience with DNS management. You'd then have to install software like BIND or NSD to begin. Your web host helps you manage your nameservers, so there's no need to go too deep with this.

3. Installation Of the Essential Software Application You Need: After the above step, you then install the application you want to use. This step is dependent on the interface provided by your web host. A web host provider like Bluehost makes use of Softaculous, and it a popular among other web host providers.

A2Hosting is also another one that makes use of Webuzo (developed by Softaculous) because of its ease of use in installing and managing applications. You can also perform administrative tasks with it. They include managing your email, database management, DNS settings, and a lot more.

Webuzo is an auto-installer program available in your CP. It also helps you with things like access to PHP classes and a host of scripts, software packages with many features, which include: social sharing, ad management, blogs, and forums.

Managed VPS or Unmanaged VPS?

Managed VPS can be suitable for you if you have a business to run, as you can use your time to focus on the business. Developers and experienced web users on the other hand can opt for unmanaged VPS owing to the freedom to configure the VPS to how you want it.


While Managed VPS hosting saves you time, an unmanaged VPS can allow you to learn one or two things about managing your website and all that goes with it. The steps discussed above should put you on the path of how to go about starting.

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