I like direct telnet access. My clients want a GUI interface - Solution?
I like to manage my server by my self - directly in a bash shell via SSH. But I also like to give my costumers the benefit of having a nice user interface like cPanel or Plesk Reloaded.
At the moment I'm using a WHM/cPanel compo, but is it possible to (either with cPanel, Plesk Reloaded or both) to skip the administration GUI interface and just Telnet/SSH into the box and manually manage you server? Or will I risk breaking something so that Plesk/cPanel suddenly doesn't work?
I mean if I manually edit the Apache httpd.conf file in VI, can Plesk or cPanel then still read it successfully?
I think the answer depends on exactly what you mean by "manage your server." I can't speak for cPanel, but at least in the case of Plesk it's definitely possible to edit files like httpd.conf without breaking anything--up to a point anyway. I think the answer depends on exactly how much you want to modify the server configuration files.
If you know all the system files for the control panel... go ahead and do it all from ssh... otherwise... i would pass.
cPanel is basically run by scripts though, so you can invoke most scripts from the CLI and have what you need done, while still getting your SSH fix.
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