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  1. #1
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    Question Webmin vs Directadmin

    Ok, so I am having trouble deciding what panel to use - Do you guys like Webmin or Directadmin better for use on an unmanaged VPS ?

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    Depends on your needs,skills to manage a VPS and budget.As I do not need a lot of complicated stuff to manage on my VPS, I prefer Webmin because its open source where as Directadmin costs.

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    DA is great if you need an out of the box solution that both you and your customers can quickly and easily use.

    Webmin requires a little more work up front, and if you want your end users to also have their own access, you'll also need to install Virtualmin.

    On the flip side, Webmin/Virtualmin are free/open source, whereas DA does cost anywhere from $5 - $20/mo (unless you buy your own license outright).

    Pros and cons to both. Both are fairly decent, too.
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    If your management skills are in the novice range then DA would be the better choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledger View Post
    Depends on your needs,skills to manage a VPS and budget.As I do not need a lot of complicated stuff to manage on my VPS, I prefer Webmin because its open source where as Directadmin costs.
    ah, ok, I totally missed that directadmin costs :-P. Then it is webmin for sure. Is webmin the best panle of the open source options ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HostingBig View Post
    If your management skills are in the novice range then DA would be the better choice
    Yes, I am somewhat of a newbie at server admin and was looking for an open source panel to use, so I don't need to do everything via command line.

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    Personal use? Only you using it? Webmin/Virtualmin.

    If you're going to be hosting other people then I'd think about a paid solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hostn00b View Post
    ah, ok, I totally missed that directadmin costs :-P. Then it is webmin for sure. Is webmin the best panle of the open source options ?
    I think Webmin is the best of the breed for free panels. It's rough around the edges and isn't nearly as user-friendly as DA, but it gets the job done. Just be patient with it and be prepared to learn. If you can put up with its somewhat "interesting" personality, and don't mind occasionally digging in and doing things the hard way, it's a fine panel. And you can't beat the price!
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    Their both great panels. The choice is 100% up to you it all depends on many factors as to which one is just out right the best. Both have cons and pros. One cost and the other is free / open source. Both have a ton of different features also.

    I would rather go with the free option and that is with webmin as much as it's open source it's just a wonderful control panel. It also gives your customers more control over their account. The choice is up to you and depends on weather or not it meets your requirements or not.

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    Webmin isn't a control panel.
    Virtualmin is the control panel, like DirectAdmin.
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    DirectAdmin more than sure. webmin is just "script/s on click" working at the background.
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    Re: Webmin vs Directadmin

    When you get to basics isn't that all panels?

    Basically they are just a graphical interface to preprepared scripts.

    Press the pretty picture instead of typing a command.
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    DirectAdmin is leaps and bounds better than Webmin if you're willing to pay the license fee. Both have been around for a long time, but there's a reason why one is free and the other isn't.
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    DirectAdmin is more stable, lightweight and gets pretty much all the jobs you need done. Their support is awesome as well. Very much worth its price.
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    I much perfer DirectAdmin. Even more than cPanel.

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    I would definitely recommend using webmin. Their website is full of guides on how to perform tasks, and the UI is very simple to use. Accessing settings and configurations for modules is, in my opinion, much easier compared to directadmin.
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    DirectAdmin is amazing. Old hosting control panel focusing on speed and security. It is definitely the better choice.
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    I like both Webmin/Virtualmin and DirectAdmin. Honestly, I run both DA and Webmin (not Virtualmin) on most of my own servers in tandem (webmin works fine in tandem with cpanel as well). If other users need to access the CP, DA is definitely worth the money. VirtualMin is good, but has some unusual quirks that make it less friendly to the typical shared hosting customer, though for personal use it's great.
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    I agree that I wouldn't give an typical hosting end user acces to webmin/virtualmin, it doesn't spoon feed them enough. AsI fully manage my clients sites they don't need or get any control panel access.

    It is nice to know direct admin will run side by side / having run through teh demo I can see if any one (of my clients) needed a control panel it gives me an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazyt View Post
    When you get to basics isn't that all panels?


    True, it is all commands like Windows/DOS, but between cPanel and Webmin, Webmin gives you the freedom to customize to your needs and not be limited to centos/apache. cPanel's integration is so deep that sometimes any adjustments break things.

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