I might ramble a bit and go back a few years and talk a little about how the internet and computers have changed.
I'm enjoying myself a bit with my old VPS because while I still have it I can use it to learn more. Nothing hosted on it so I updated the operating system and cPanel on it. I did cancel the service and it will expire at the end of this billing period. But while I have it I'm using it to learn more. I can mess up all I want, and not that I have, but it is a good learning experience. And if I were at a point that I had staff because I could not handle my company alone we'd all use it to learn more while it has no accounts on it.
The last time my server was moved my former upstream provider did it because the node I was on had gotten so old they had to move everyone. But they messed a lot of stuff up in the move and they had to fix several of my client domains.
Fortunately, when I did the move myself everything went perfectly. It doesn't matter if you mess up because if you did you just don't update DNS anyway until you know the domain is transferred correctly. Once I knew everything was moved and working right I simply updated DNS. So the transition was pretty much seamless.
I think once I do this again though I will keep one domain I don't use for any website and just use it for testing and learning purposes.
I do have a big Dell Workstation here that has Windoze XP Professional on it. It has dual everything on it but one of the HD's is bad. So it might be a good machine to toss a new HD on, install Linux and use that to practice on. Set up my own VPS servers on it and mess around with it. Since when you are on a LAN you can do anything with DNS you want with Intranet IP's and making your own local domain names.
My first server was hosted on a dedicated wire I had in my home. But I didn't have all the security on it I should have and so my Linux RedHat 6.2 server got cracked a couple times. Once the cracker scanned a US navy server with it. I had some dialogue between my upstream provider and the US navy and convinced them it was a cracker so I was cleared of any legal garbage. After that I moved my servers back to a data center and it's far better. I think that had to be about 17 years ago, since then I've stuck with using data centers.
Those of you who go back a ways will remember the finger servers. If you had someones email address you could finger them and get info about when they were online last and stuff. We didn't even have http back then. Most everything was text based web pages, this is even before Google came along. We did have Yahoo though, in fact they started the same year I got online in 1995. How many of you remember the gopher servers? Do you recall when Archie, Gopher, Veronica and Jughead were the three standard "finding" tools on the Internet?
I got one of the first pentium machines that came out. It had I think a half GB HD, 8MB of RAM, 28.8 Fax/modem. Boy did I feel good with that because most providers still had a baud rate of only 14.4! When they went to 28.8 I upgraded to 56k! And upgraded my ram to 16MB!
I was ahead of the providers!
Today, it's a whole nuther ball of wax. Okay, I'm done.