New users to VPS will usually have an easier time adjusting with a control panel. We offer CPanel licenses for $10 per month, which installs with only a few commands and then allows a control panel login with easier administration.

Without CPanel, you would have a lot more freedom (and responsibility) to set up the applications as you choose.

Generally a hosting server would use Apache (or Lighttpd, or nginx, etc), MySQL, ProFTPD (or PureFTPD, etc..), PostFix (or Exim, QMail, SendMail, etc). In short a web server, database server, ftp server, and email server.

Installing applications differs depending on OS. Centos and Fedora use an application called yum, while Debian and Ubuntu use an application called apt-get.