Control Your Server
After you get your website hosted, learn to use the control panel well so that you can control the server without minimum dependency on technical support team of your host. You do not need to have any technical knowledge for that – only some introduction to software should help you learn it.
As a beginner, you should know the basic steps of how to access FTP and upload required files on the server. You should also know how to manage your email accounts. For a website that has advanced features, learn to manage files, content or data besides monitoring the statistics such as hits or traffic on your site.
If you are familiar with web hosting concepts and related software, try to understand the advanced features of your control panel. It includes managing IP addresses from your side including blocking or running, if required. As an administrator, you should have access to log files and monitor the server activities.
As an experienced user, you should be able to restart server, manage advanced options for emails, and manage other users’ accounts such as your customers’ or internal users’ login information.
Understanding servers does not require great technical skills; you just need to spend a few hours with your host or his technical team. It is good to have some control over the server and use it independently.