New VPS customer feeling like i am in over my head

#1
I just signed up for a fully managed VPS 2 - from a shared hosting account (bluehost) and I am feeling like i am completely over my head.

There are all these additional setup steps that I did not anticipate- and feel like there are likely dozens more that I have not even identified. I also feel like there is a lack of resources to instruct me in what I need to do.

How can i ensure that my hosting / wordpress install is setup properly?
What are the nuances of creating FTP accounts?
How can i make sure that my sites are secure?

Are there any resources available for people who are new to managed VPS services that someone is aware of?

Thanks so much,

Peter
 

KH-Jonathan

Director of Managed Services
Staff member
#2
Hello Peter and welcome to KnownHost!

How can i ensure that my hosting / wordpress install is setup properly?
The VPS itself is pre-secured and optimized upon provisioning. This is part of our management service. Wordpress is fairly straightforward to install - especially if you have an auto-installer such as softaculous. For any assistance installing it, their own install guide will be very useful to you: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

What are the nuances of creating FTP accounts?
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're meaning here. If you're simply asking how to do so, it's very simply. In cPanel, search for "Add an FTP Account". Here's further documentation on this:
http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/11_30/CpanelDocs/FTPAccounts

How can i make sure that my sites are secure?
As I mentioned, the VPS itself comes pre-secured and optimized for most people. The best thing you can do to make sure your site itself is secured is to ensure that you always keep your CMS (WordPress) up-to-date, as well as plugins and themes for it. Make sure you only use themes/plugins from reputable sources.

Past that, it's down to security settings within Wordpress itself on what you do/don't allow your visitors to do. There are also some plugins available which are geared around security that may be of some help to you.

Are there any resources available for people who are new to managed VPS services that someone is aware of?
The resource I think you'll find most useful is going to be the cPanel/WHM documentation located here:
http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/CpanelDocs/WebHome
http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/WHMDocs/WebHome
 
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