I read many questions (and also the answers) here on SF about this subject, but I couldn't find my specific one *1. Some are asking comparisons and suggestiosn to move from a reseller to a vps without specifying that much.
1st of all I explain you why I'm asking. I already have a cPanel reseller plan, and I'm happy with it and with the service provided by the hoster, reliable, fast responses etc. I have been with them for 3 years so far. But now I would like to install sone Squirrelmail plugins, in order to do this I need to move toward VPS, coz' I need full root access. *2
Luckily, I noticed lately many Hosters *3 (and also the one hoster I'm using) are offering these new 'cPanel Fully Managed VPS' (along with the cPanel reseller plans), bascially (from my understanding) a VPS fully managed by them with cPanel already installed.
A) What I don't understand is: aren't they basically the same thing, I mean with VPS you get more power and full root access, (so for instance I could install the Squirellmail plugin I need), but except that what's the catch?
I'm interested to learn new things, but I unfortunately don't have that much time I already have to learn so many other things in my field to keep myself updatede, I'm a programmer more than a OS admin.
B) I'm afraid to get into something that is terrible to manage, makes me waste hours, maybe even less reliable because I don't have the appropriate knowledge. To me what is really strange and triggers my suspects is that most of these cPanel Fully Manged VPS are even cheaper or at the same price of their counterparts cPanel Reseller Plans (obviously comparing same disk space and same bandwidths). How could this be, where is the 'trick'?
*1 http://serverfault.com/questions/115796/choosing-a-host-reseller-or-vps http://serverfault.com/questions/128689/do-you-find-using-a-vps-worthwhile http://serverfault.com/questions/139782/moving-from-shared-hosting-to-vps-hosting
*2 (if you are interested Squirrelmail in cPanel is shared among all resellers plans on the same server so obviously if I install something also other reseller plans owners would see it, that's why I need my own VPS).
*3 The hosters I'm considering are these: http://www.qualityhostonline.com, http://www.eukhost.com/ I don't post them here to spam, NOR that I'm interested in advises from somebody who might have used their service and know them, i posted ONLY to help people that try to give me an answer, maybe it helps you if you have a look at their services and prices and understands better the questions I'm asking and my concerns.