What control panel is the best?

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  1. Present

    Present New Member

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    I would like to know about control panels. What is the best one? Any experiences to share?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. ian

    ian Administrator Staff Member

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    Cpanel is one of the most popular Control panels in the Web hosting industry. It gets the job done.
     
  3. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    But expensive :)

    WebMin/Usermin (free) is Perl based and does all that WHM/cPanel can, plus a bit. Being Perl also means that it can be easily adapted should you need something different or additional.

    If you need additional "Visual Aids" you can bolt VirtualMin on to Webmin.

    With WebMin or cPanel you can still make changes using SSH (shell) without 'breaking' the GUI. However for Linux servers you should avoid Plesk, it is a resource hungry PITA, that WILL 'break' if you have the audacity to fix things yourself.

    Plesk works okay on Windows servers but here again will break if you have console or remote access and go and 'tweak' things outside of the Plesk UI.

    Another problem that may raise it's head with cPanel is, that it uses a slightly different format for it's zone files so you cannot simply scp or rcopy zone files to another BIND server as a backup or for a DNS cluster. To cluster cPanel DNS you have to deploy another cPanel licensed server or cPanel DNSOnly installation. The DNSOnly license is currently free IF you have a full cPanel license.
     
  4. Dewlance

    Dewlance New Member

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    Best control panel for customer is cPanel and other panels are Direct Admin, Site Worx and VirtualMin(Free).

    cPanel is best because of its so easy to use it and automation of many thing like creating DNS record. In other panel its hard to create some services or you need to do lot of things but in cPanel one click is enough. ;)
     
  5. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    For anyone running centOS 6, RedHat 6 or Cloud Linux 6 on a VM/VPS there is CentOS Web Panel which has the features and ease of cPanel/WHM without the monthly fee.
     
  6. CenTex Hosting

    CenTex Hosting New Member

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    Cpanel will be the most common and easy to pick up
     
  7. zuan1

    zuan1 New Member

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    Cpanel is best ....
     
  8. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    What if it is a Windows server???
     
  9. Mark Spidle

    Mark Spidle New Member

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    WHM/cPanel is the best out there. The next most popular is probably Plesk, it runs on both Linux and Windows servers. Lots of free ones out there too. These are the best paid control panels.
     
  10. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    But it's pretty crap on Linux :)
     
  11. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Though having said that, ... ... If you ONLY use the GUI control panel for server management, you may not have problems, on the other hand, ... If you have shell access and make changes over SSH you will probably 'break' Plesk.
     

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