I have a classifieds website, with around 50thousand ads put in every month. I don't have any more statistics than this. I use PHP and MySql currently, and I am about to install Sphinx or SOLR on whatever VPS I get.
I am about to order a VPS (virtual private server) from a provider, but need some answers on these questions first:
1- First is, if I order a VPS, even if it is a Linux Ubuntu OS, that means I can administer it from my windows computer at home right?
2- How would I know which version of Ubuntu I need, is the latest preferred?
3- I am very good with windows, and have no prior experience with Linux, is this a problem really?
4- Do I require anything I might have missed here that you know of, in order to maintain this website myself with the VPS account?
5- My VPS provider can charge extra in exchange of a service called
DirectAdmin ControlPanel, does anybody know what this is and if it is something I need?
6- What is 'automatic failover' and do I need it?
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