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    cPanel Altenative?

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section. I am new.

    I have had a hosted website that uses cPanel and I love the interface. Now I was thinking of building a computer and putting cPanel on it. There is only one problem. Its really expensive so I was wondering if there was a free or cheap alternative to cPanel that has the same features and maybe somewhat of the similar look. Can anyone point me to one? Also I would prefer it to be for linux but Windows is fine.

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    http://www.web-cp.net/ played with it a while back.. i like it

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    There's a (somewhat outdated) comparison table of several panels here.
    [GB ≠ GiB] [MB ≠ MiB] [kB ≠ kiB] [1000 ≠ 1024] [Giga ≠ gram] [Mega ≠ milli] [Kelvin ≠ kilo] [Byte ≠ bit]
    There is no millibit. There is no gram-bit. There is no Kelvin-Byte.

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    DirectAdmin isn't as pretty, but it is surely functional, runs lighter than cPanel also.

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    DirectAdmin would be my recommendation.

    Pair it with this skin:http://www.custombuild.eu/darwin/
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    There's no true alternative to cPanel available. No panel can provide you such flexibility, beauty and ease. But for testing locally I suggest you to go with Webmin, VHCS2, ISPConfig, Kloxo. All these are free of cost and open source. For ubuntu you can go with OpenPanel but it's not much powerful than others. Well world is vast and google is search king available for your help

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    Kloxo if you have clients or Webmin if it is just you IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by NextDoorWebHosting View Post
    http://www.web-cp.net/ played with it a while back.. i like it
    WOW that's an old product lol
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    You really check the directadmin . But you don't like the default skin . I liked it after uploading a new skin, it was wonderful and lightweight .
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    You can go for Direct admin as well as wat makes you yell at is when you are trying to migrate the domain from one host to other!!
    Direct admin will be simple in that case.

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    If you can't afford CPanel, I would recommend Directadmin. Its is too light and simple.

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    If you host on a VPS, you can often get cPanel licenses for really cheap through the data centre. I've got a dedicated server and am hosting a few virtual servers on it, and my cPanel VPS license is $10 per month.

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    Preferably stick with something which can be migrated. Something flexible.
    (in case you change your mind in the future),

    For example you can migrate
    Virtualmin <> cPanel
    Directadmin <> Virtualmin
    cPanel <> Directadmin and so on...

    You can't migrate so easily from Plesk (hmmm), specially 10.

    It's like a cancer on the OS, another DB for clients, not /etc/passwd,
    another place for http files, another place for password protected files, another place for the emails, and so on...
    if you stick with it, you just married it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismfz View Post
    Preferably stick with something which can be migrated. Something flexible.
    (in case you change your mind in the future),

    For example you can migrate
    Virtualmin <> cPanel
    Directadmin <> Virtualmin
    cPanel <> Directadmin and so on...

    You can't migrate so easily from Plesk (hmmm), specially 10.

    It's like a cancer on the OS, another DB for clients, not /etc/passwd,
    another place for http files, another place for password protected files, another place for the emails, and so on...
    if you stick with it, you just married it.
    When it comes to control panels, I've used Plesk and I've used cPanel.

    When I run a cPanel server, it just works, most of the time. Support requirements are negligible and usually involve minor issues. With Plesk, it can be a nightmare. I went through a tragic and expensive month, going through admins and begging the host and Plesk for support to fix basic but foolish problems. I would recommend Plesk to nobody. It's not worth the time, effort, or aggravation.

    For those who prefer to do 25% or 35% of the work in the command line, and bypass some of Plesk's issues, maybe it can be OK. But since the end user pricing from hosts is the same, I'd go for cPanel every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NextDoorWebHosting View Post
    http://www.web-cp.net/ played with it a while back.. i like it
    I would stay far away from suggesting anything that is 5 years old for a 'control panel'.


    Quote Originally Posted by GCM View Post
    DirectAdmin isn't as pretty, but it is surely functional, runs lighter than cPanel also.
    absolutely agreed here. If you're after a true cPanel alternative, look to DA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Marvel View Post
    When it comes to control panels, I've used Plesk and I've used cPanel.

    When I run a cPanel server, it just works, most of the time. Support requirements are negligible and usually involve minor issues. With Plesk, it can be a nightmare. I went through a tragic and expensive month, going through admins and begging the host and Plesk for support to fix basic but foolish problems. I would recommend Plesk to nobody. It's not worth the time, effort, or aggravation.

    For those who prefer to do 25% or 35% of the work in the command line, and bypass some of Plesk's issues, maybe it can be OK. But since the end user pricing from hosts is the same, I'd go for cPanel every time.

    Just didn't want to say "AWAY FROM PLESK FOR GOD SHAKE" directly but you got me :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismfz View Post
    Just didn't want to say "AWAY FROM PLESK FOR GOD SHAKE" directly but you got me :-)
    Consider that if Parallels just tried to match cPanel's features in a slightly different way, with a prettier interface, and left out the silly SMB fluff, they might have a decent product, assuming they can adds their support issues.
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