You’ve narrowed down your hosting package to a virtual private server/VPS hosting, but before you commit you need to decide which open source solution you want. Virtualmin and Webmin are both great options, making your job as a systems admin much easier. Prices for VPS hosting have been plummeting thanks to advanced technology, and as more people become aware that they’re overpaying for basic shared plans, they’ll be switching to VPS hosting en masse. However, once you start to add on management software, those low costs can start to rise. Tack on enough, and suddenly that VPS hosting price isn’t as sweet as you thought.
What you need to complement your VPS hosting is an open source option with no monthly fee. Webmin offers that, and gives you the control you want over numerous applications from PHP to MySQL, SpamAssassin to Apache HTTP Server, and Dovecot to ClamAV, to name just a few. You won’t be saddled with command-line configurations, and you won’t be stuck in a monthly fee program.
Webmin is a product of Perl and utilizes internal resources for the user-friendly management interface. In other words, you can make changes to the system without it auto-impacting Webmin. The server can stop, but Webmin will keep right on trucking. It sounds impressive, and it is, yet there’s no high overhead to be found. There are numerous amounts of RAM available, but securing 90MB is more than enough (and very affordable) for the average small- to mid-sized business site.
You might want to check out Virtualmin, too. However, this tool assumes that you’re a little more technically savvy, so it’s definitely for the more tech-minded user. While Webmin is all about Linux, Virtualmin controls Apache httpd, separate users, quotas, etc. Depending on what you’re doing with your website, either Virtualmin or Webmin might be the better choice. If you don’t need mysqld, Virtualmin may be easier to use. However, if you want more control on admin platforms, Virtualmin might be your golden ticket. Don’t know what either of this means? You’re already leaning towards Webmin.
Installing Webmin is pretty simple, but you do need to know some basic commands (or you can hire a tech pro to do it for you). You’ll need SSH on Linux or PuTTY for Windows, root access (which all VPS hosting allows) and the ability to get the auto installation script. It can take up to 30 minutes for Webmin to install (often much less), and it’s dictated by server connectivity. Make sure the window stays open so the script can run completely.
A Host You Can Rely On
For many, one of the biggest perks of VPS hosting is the ability to gain root access and be a systems admin. Others want the service, speed, and security of VPS hosting, but not the brand new job of being a tech guru. If that’s the case, you can get fully managed VPS hosting from select web hosts. They’ll take care of everything for you so you can just sit back and enjoy the better hosting experience.
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