Looking for hosting as good as A Small Orange was before they got bought?

BuyVM is what you want. Unless you need a managed VPS. BUYSHARED is fine, but it’s budget shared hosting.

BuyVM does have a free DirectAdmin license.

I think if you pay for a certain plan or better, and you pay for cPanel, they manage it for you.

I don’t know of any other host as good as BuyVM. They also have a good Acceptable Use Policy. If it’s legal, it’s allowed. They are a strong advocate of free speech. So much, they allow racist sites. Not that I agree with racism, just like free speech. You can’t have free speech if you don’t allow all free speech.