I have the choice of a VPS with and without control panel. Honestly I would love to do without, since then I can take full control over settings and am not dependend on what services to use (e.g. e-mail mta, etc.). Now, a lot of people recommended to me that I should still go with a control panel solution to save myself some headache.
My question: Since the control panel is installed in my VPS, would it be possible that I uninstall it and treat my VPS as if it came without a CP? And then, if I see that I cannot do without, I would simply reset the VPS to get my control panel back... would that be possible?
so basically using rm -rf * wouldn't work? I know cPanel from someone's shared hosting plan and back then I wasn't so impressed with it. I don't like the idea of being dependend on the vendors choice of services (like I mentioned the email mta). I like to be able to upgrade SpamAssassin whenever I want, and not whenever the control panel vendor feels like it. Etc. And I am also afraid that the panel would constantly overwrite my custom settings.
I only need the VPS to run a handful of my own sites, no other user needs administration access. Still, *a lot* of people including the fine folks from powervps recommended me to stay away from a cp-free or webmin solution to avoid the hassle of manual upgrades etc later on.
It is just srange that one cannot simply erase a control panel such as cPanel without having to redo something on the VPS. After all, the control panel is also just a piece of software running inside the VPS, right?
cPanel actually modifies the configuration of the server itself so it's not a good idea just to delete it without a reload.
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I would go with webmin or DirectAdmin if possible. Webmin is simple to uninstall. And with directadmin you can just shutdown the service and start configuring stuff manually at anytime, then easily switch back and forth if needed.
if you decode you don't like it. You do have to use their services (apache 2, djbdns, proftpd, qMail/vPOPMail) but they CAN be upgraded at will and the /etc/yum.conf file can be edited to prevent overwrites.