I'll answer your questions in order.
1. Regarding your question on what would not be included on VPS Hosting, one of which would be Softaculous and any SEO tools that may be included within the control panel of our shared and reseller web hosting packages. Softaculous is included in cPanel and allows you to install web applications with one click. Unfortunately, because Softaculous is commercial software we cannot include it on virtual private servers and so if you want this you'll need to buy this yourself. It's not expensive either - for virtual private servers it's $12 USD per year (which is approximately £7.66 per year - conversions may fluctuate, however). You can also purchase a VPS license for Softaculous for $1.50 USD per month (which is approximately £0.95 per month - conversions may fluctuate, however). Because VPS Hosting is essentially a separate server in a virtualised environment, as you have noted, you'll need to purchase a cPanel license which will cost £5 per month on top of the cost of the VPS itself.
Our VPS Hosting packages are fully managed, so you can contact our support department to install the security software you'll need on your server. Once you have ordered and your VPS is set up, please submit a ticket and request our senior technicians to install the server security software (firewall, etc.) and to configure your server with your domain name, and pass me the ticket#, and I'll personally get the ticket overseen to ensure your VPS is set up and ready for you to use since you have said you are a Linux novice. Once your VPS is set up and configured we can help you with the migration of your website(s) over to the VPS.
2. We will migrate your sites over to your VPS after the VPS has been set up and configured and confirmed to be working properly. Your VPS will be allocated two Dedicated IPs and your domain names will need to be, as a result, point to the new virtual private server. In order for your domain to resolve to the new server (i.e. point to the new server) it may take a few hours after your domain name has been set to point to the new server. If you keep your shared web hosting account online when the nameservers are set, there won't be any downtime for any of your visitors because your visitors will either be visiting the website hosted on the shared account or on your VPS, depending on how fast all of the DNS servers worldwide propagate the changes to your domain name to point to your new server. In general, domain propagation takes less than an hour for most people but may take up to 48 hours in some unusual cases.
3. You can keep your shared hosting account online while the migration takes place; and even when you change the records of your domain name so it points to your new server, no real downtime will occur because your visitors will either be visiting your blog pointing to our server where your shared hosting account is located or pointing to your new virtual private server where your blog is to be hosted. As soon as we are ready to migrate your site over and the relevant backups have already been made by us, I would recommend you disable comments on your WordPress blog, because for a small percentage of your visitors, the domain itself will still be pointing to the shared hosting account on our servers perhaps because their Internet Service Provider may cahce DNS records longer than other providers. However, please do bear in mind propagation is usually complete for most people within the hour.
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