This is an excellent question..
I have a friend who has a (not managed) dedicated server at the planet. They installed cpanel and whm and he can handle it from there. He can handle most of his needs. So if he needs a website set up, he creates a user, sets up mysql databases, sets up ftp access, et cetera.
However, once in a while something happens and he needs more experienced eyes. He worries that his server was hacked, or he doesn't understand an error, or he needs a special dns thing set up. Then he comes to me and asks for my help with his server..
You might need a hand getting it running. Get whomever helps you to write down the steps so you can do it in the future. Find an admin you know and trust that you can ask for "extra eyes" on a problem. IMHO if you're intelligent, you'll figure it out...
Wow thanks for the info! would you say that if I am good with cpanel on a shared host like hostgator, would I be alright as long as they installed cpanel for me?..
You'd be dealing with WHM, which is not that much harder than cPanel...
If it has whm/cpanel/virtuozzo you're going to be fine...
Thanks guys. I think I am going to try going with softlayer, as I have searched these forums and a few other sites, and find a lot of people recommend them. any input on this?..
I'm thinking about a vps/dedi also, but I hear cPanel slow servers down big time. So if I'm understanding, WHM is the server administration software and cPanel the usual user panel..
Is there another option that makes server admin relatively easy but doesn't slow things down as much? If I use cPanel, has any used v11.24 (it's supposed to be faster and less resource hungry)?..
Okay so I'm going with softlayer it looks like. which operating system should I choose? if I choose windows it wont let me add cpanel. I'm a little confused. what is best to do? also do I need the antivirus software, as it is only available for certain O.S.'s. am I in over my head here?..
You were fine with a linux-based OS on Hostgator, so choose linux (centos, debian, fedora). It's easier to manage and you only need a win server when you run ASP code...
Thank you. looks like cpanel/whm only currently works with redhat. would this be a good option and which redhat os is best??.
Edit: I am wrong..