I am looking for insight, because I have the tendency to run full throttle into things with (at times) too much confidence. To summarize my somewhat lengthy explanation below, I am looking to see if I can handle my own Linode LEMP stack without getting hacked.
I am starting up a couple of websites for fun, and if all goes well make it a career. I would love to run a few niche sites of my own and then freelance web dev with web hosting as a package for customers.
Currently I have a site on a Knownhost WHM VPS. However, I would prefer to work on the console as opposed to running WHM/cPanel. Also I do not really want my clients to have a cPanel, since I am targeting people who "just want it to work", there are plenty of good hosts with cPanel anyhow.
Scaling is another issue, I am planning to have a somewhat busy site with 250k+ visits/mo., and I am afraid making the move later will be more painful.
So I will admit, my linux bash skills are lacking, but are increasing every day. I am currently practicing/studying for the LPIC-1 exams. I have built LAMP and LEMP stacks on my basement server, and they work fine here. Another issue is the lack of documentation of WHM compared to apache, it seems it would be easier to learn apache/nginx.
I am also planning on using www.vpsbible.com to help me secure the Linode and help me build a LEMP stack with PHP-FPM and X-Cache.
Anyhow, with all this being said, would I be foolish to start up my own Linode?