Once you’ve bought your VPS, it’s time to set it up.

That might sound difficult.

However, in fact, it’s extremely easy to do so.

If you follow the steps in the VPS setup guide you’ll be up and running in no time.

While it’s only the first steps, they’ll give you a clear path to follow.

Managed vs. Self Managed Virtual Private Server

This tutorial really pertains to you if you’re using a self-managed server. Luckily, for those less techy in the crowd, there are things called managed servers!

In essence, a self-managed server means that you’re in charge of setting everything up, installing different tools, maintaining software updates, and so on. Similar to how you would run your own computer at home.

On the other hand, a managed server means that the VPS provider takes care of everything for you and you only need to deal with the application that you’d like to use your VPS for. Most often this would be a WordPress installation or a Virtual Machine. However, there are some other use cases too.

7 Steps to Setting Up Your VPS Server

So with that little side note out of the way, it’s time to go through the steps of setting up your VPS. These steps are generalized and should work for most providers. However, bear in mind that they can and do vary. In this case, Google is actually not your best option. Instead, you should turn to the documentation of the hosting provider. Luckily, the top VPS’ providers have extremely well-documented blogs and knowledge bases.

1. Familiarize Yourself with Your Control Panel

The biggest difference is that each VPS solution has a different type of control panel. Therefore the most important step is to spend a day or two familiarizing yourself with it. Unfortunately, even if you’ve spent a decade using Hostinger you might be lost when you sign up to Kinsta.

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2. Logging In

Once you’ve studied how the control panel works it’s time to log in. Your VPS provider will give you login details and you can use these to log in.

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3. Updating

If you’re hosting provider doesn’t have automatic updates then we’d recommend checking that all of your tools are up-to-date. If they aren’t then make sure to update them.

4. User Management

Many times you’ll have more than one person using a VPS. Therefore set up the user accounts for everyone who needs access. Additionally, you should also

5. Public Key SSH

Setting up a public key SSH will allow you to access the server more securely as even if someone gets hold of your password they still won’t be able to gain access to the server.

6. Learn some Linux Commands

Most VPS’ run on Linux. Therefore learning some Linux commands is definitely helpful. Clearly, you don’t need to become a Linux developer, however, the basics will definitely help.

7. File Management

Lastly, learn to manage your files and organize everything clearly. Knowing how to navigate around the file structure and keeping everything organized will help you down the line.

Frequently Asked Question

Here are some common questions when it comes to using your VPS. If you’d like more information on any of these topics, then please browse our website.

Are VPS’ free?

No, there isn’t such a thing as a free VPS. VPS’ use a lot of electricity and cost a lot of money to set up so any company offering a free

What is a VPS used for?

A VPS has many uses. The main use is undoubtedly for creating websites. However, alongside this, they can be used for a wide variety of things. From running virtual machines with a different operating system to running code and software remotely.

How does a VPS work?

In short, a VPS works like any other computer. The biggest difference is they largely run on Linux. Depending on your application, you might need a basic understanding of it in order to gain full functionality.

How do I connect to a VPS?

The primary way of connecting to a VPS is using SSH or SFTP. These are secure communication links and it’s similar to using TeamViewer or any other tool that you can use to remotely control your computer.

Virtual Server Setup Recap

There you go, everything you need to know about setting up your VPS. With these instructions, you’ll be up and running in no time.

Of course, once you’re set-up, you’ll have plenty more things to do.

However, for now, we’ll let you play around with your new “toy”.

If you haven’t yet purchased a VPS that you can use, check out our list of the best VPS’ to get started.