View Poll Results: cPanel or Directadmin?

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  1. #1

    cPanel or Directadmin?

    Hello,

    Which is better cPanel or Directadmin?

    Is it worth paying the extra for cPanel?

    What do you think?

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    As a famous member once stated (sort of) - "There is no 'best' control panel - there's only the control panel that's best for you"

    That said, if you're reselling hosting and going for something a *lot* of people are familiar with, cPanel is probably better.

    If you're looking at your own needs, then you have to figure out exactly what it is you want from your hosting control panel. Look at the lists of features for both and compare them to what you need.

    cPanel has a ton of features - probably more than most people need. They have a great community that is willing to help you out, and there are a lot of add-ons available for it. However, it is more expensive, and you tend to need more memory for it to run without slowing the server down.

    DirectAdmin is more streamlined - it still has a lot of features, just not quite as many as cPanel. It takes a bit of getting used to if you're used to cPanel (mostly figuring out what does what and where it's at). It definitely runs faster on lower amounts of RAM than cPanel does. It's also cheaper. They've got an awesome API if you want to do development to integrate an existing script or are creating your own.

    I use both cPanel and DirectAdmin. I find DA much easier to navigate through and more straightforward, and love that I can run a VPS with 256 MB RAM and not have it bog my server down. However, when I was a "newbie" to hosting I found cPanel much easier to use. (Granted, when I was a newbie my choices were only Plesk, cPanel, and Ensim; DA wasn't on the market yet)

    Not sure if this helped; just some observations from having used both extensively.

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    Cpanel anyday... I dont remmeber Direct Admin having any serious update in anything since the last year (any advances really)?

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by fremont View Post
    Cpanel anyday... I dont remmeber Direct Admin having any serious update in anything since the last year (any advances really)?

    Regards
    I have heard cPanel can be a resource hog and can be buggy at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fremont View Post
    Cpanel anyday... I dont remmeber Direct Admin having any serious update in anything since the last year (any advances really)?

    Regards
    Here's a list of DA versions and dates

    http://www.directadmin.com/versions....on=allversions


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    I personally prefer DirectAdmin over Cpanel. It's just cleaner and smoother running with pretty easy updates.


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    CPanel with RVSkin is great according to me. The design is more good and using is more easy and supports a lot of languages and there are a lot of usefull features.
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    18 months ago id have said DirectAdmin. But then cPanel 11 was released, and it's is light years ahead of DA now.

    It always had more features, but until 11, it was a resource hog and I had all but lost faith in the stability of their updates.

    But with 11 they realised they had to get their arses into gear or they were sure to lose masses of customers, so they practically re-built the entire thing, and have been very careful when releasing updates ever since, instead of releasing buggy updates with tons of new features to brag about, they instead seem to release stable updates that make cPanel faster and more reliable.

    Ive always run cPanel, but with 10 it was getting hard to justify it against the ultra-reliable and stable DA. But since 11 the table's have once again turned in cPanel's favour, and now, not only is it as reliable as DA, but it also make its look very plain.

    Not to mention the fact that 90% of potential hosting customers nowadays seem to look for cPanel, so good is both the end-user and reseller interface.

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    I used to be all for cPanel until I tried Directadmin. Now in my opinion DA wins handsdown.

    The layout seems easier to navigate, faster and doesn't seem to tie down what you can do on the server as much as cPanel does. If I want to update something, I can just do it - unlike cPanel (although haven't used the latest version so probably changed now!) where if the cPanel developers don't include it you can't upgrade it.

    What I am trying to say in a really clumsy way is DA is my preference!

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    DirectAdmin is great being that it has a light footprint. However cPanel is easier to control from the GUI. Easy apache is definately one of those bonuses that are great for those with little administration or SSH experience. DirectAdmin is easy to use once you get used to it, but it lacks some of the administration features that cPanel has available in the control panel.

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    I prefer cPanel because it has a lot more features. DirectAdmin isn't as popular either, and most people prefer web hosts with cPanel.
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    I'd rather use cPanel over DA just because I like the look and feel of cPanel. I love the navigation and I just find it much easier to use.

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    When clients ask me, I usually say go with cPanel if you plan on using it for a lot of sites, and want good functionality. If you plan on running a few personal websites, or a few larger websites and wont be re-selling the space, and/or dont want such a heavy footprint in it, I would say DA.
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    After working with both the client & server side of both cPanel and DirectAdmin, I'd definitely lean towards DirectAdmin.

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    If you're hosting paid clients - cPanel

    For your own and friends web sites - DirectAdmin

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossMAN View Post
    If you're hosting paid clients - cPanel

    For your own and friends web sites - DirectAdmin
    How so? Please explain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by P-nut View Post
    DirectAdmin ... They've got an awesome API if you want to do development to integrate an existing script or are creating your own.
    We have substantially extended our APIs in version 11, to the point where we're *still* documenting all the APIs.

    For example, the majority of the X3 interface is itself built on APIs. That means virtually anything you can do in the X3 interface can be done programmatically both inside the cPanel interface and in external scripts (assuming proper user credentials of course). Add to that script hooks that can hook onto each of these API calls so you can customize the behavior of your server and you have a fairly substantial potential to customize the behavior of our software.

    That's in addition to branding, custom themes, plug-ins, cPAddons for one-click installs, the XML-API (which replaced the older WHM API aka cPanel Accounting) typically used for billing automation, script hooks that handle additional tasks before and/or after certain scripts are called for account creation/termination/etc.

    If APIs are what you're after, understand that there's much more to our APIs than most people realize.
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    Thanks for the heads up, David; on my way to check that out.
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    Cpanel is the best option as far as webhosting industry concearned.

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    CPanel is the best choise, no doubt about it..

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    What I like about DirectAdmin is that I dont have to wait for the people at DA to upgrade the software versions. I can install php6 and still have no issues. But I bet if I do the same with cPanel it would break.

    And the support is very friendly. Even though my support "officially" expired the DA team helps me out when I email them from time to time with issues.

    Whenever I think about cPanel the word 'clutter' comes to mind. I'm sure that might have improved now.

    So yea, I would recommend DirectAdmin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cPanelDavidG View Post
    We have substantially extended our APIs in version 11, to the point where we're *still* documenting all the APIs.

    For example, the majority of the X3 interface is itself built on APIs. That means virtually anything you can do in the X3 interface can be done programmatically both inside the cPanel interface and in external scripts (assuming proper user credentials of course). Add to that script hooks that can hook onto each of these API calls so you can customize the behavior of your server and you have a fairly substantial potential to customize the behavior of our software.

    That's in addition to branding, custom themes, plug-ins, cPAddons for one-click installs, the XML-API (which replaced the older WHM API aka cPanel Accounting) typically used for billing automation, script hooks that handle additional tasks before and/or after certain scripts are called for account creation/termination/etc.

    If APIs are what you're after, understand that there's much more to our APIs than most people realize.
    Just the man I would like to chat with! Knowing the cPanel account's user name, is it possible to get the current amount of bandwidth used by the user for the month, and the amount their package allows?

    I am working on a addon for a billing system and would like to be able to use the cPanel/WHM API's to do this. I know that stats are reset after each month, and that is not an issue for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larwilliams View Post
    Just the man I would like to chat with! Knowing the cPanel account's user name, is it possible to get the current amount of bandwidth used by the user for the month, and the amount their package allows?

    I am working on a addon for a billing system and would like to be able to use the cPanel/WHM API's to do this. I know that stats are reset after each month, and that is not an issue for me.
    There are 2 ways of doing this: API2 where you can do this for a single user or the showbw XML-API call that shows the bandwidth consumption and limit for all users.

    The URL for the XML-API call would be:
    https://IP:2087/xml-api/showbw

    If a limit is listed as 0 in the showbw call, that means unlimited.

    Alternatively, you can use API2 and call an API2 function from the XML-API if you wish to only have the information for a single user:

    Here's the API2 code:

    Code:
    <?cp StatsBar::stat(%\{percent} - % of %,percent10,count,max) display=bandwidthusage ?>
    percent10 is merely the percentage rounded to the nearest 10%, count is how much bandwidth has been used and max is how much bandwidth has been allocated for that user (unlimited will present unlimited MB)

    We have code samples on our website on how to call an API2 function for a specific user via the XML-API.
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    Directadmin anytime for me, Cpanel NONO, IP alottment/ Reselller managemnt is so confusing in cpanel that i never understand it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RossMAN View Post
    If you're hosting paid clients - cPanel

    For your own and friends web sites - DirectAdmin
    Nice reply. One is cheaper and lighter and the other costs slightly more compared direct admin and a resource hog.

    If you are going for Hosting, then surely you need to look into market, but for personal use i would say go with none if you are too geeky

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    Definately DirectAdmin. We found that it runs smoothly and extremely easy for our hosting customers to learn.

    Our experience show that customers typically use only less than 30 percent of hosting control panel features. As long as these features are stable, we are happy. Cpanel is so complex that customers often called for support, which is a bit no no for us because it takes a lot of time for our support guys to answer all their questions.

    However, I must highlight that the fact that Cpanel is feature rich and you can run fantastico, is really a plus point when selling hosting plans. Cpanel is really good for sales, but not so good for support. So, if you ask me, I think my sales team would love cpanel while support team will back directadmin.

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    For Hosting Companies I'd go with cPanel.

    For yourself if you need decent powerful and lightweight stable panel go with DirectAdmin

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    Cpanel is the best for newbie in my ops,its design is far better than DA.but for stability,one vote for Da here

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossMAN View Post
    If you're hosting paid clients - cPanel

    For your own and friends web sites - DirectAdmin
    Exactaly what I'm going to say. Use cPanel for a hosting company as its design and usability is very easy to learn. But for stability, a vote for DirectAdmin.
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    cPanel is a standard, not a choice if your going to host others. My clients not only request that we keep cPanel, they EXPECT us to use it.

    If the majority wanted DA, they'd get it - but they don't.

    cPanel is where it's at.

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    We've used Directadmin for >4 years - and currently host thousands of customers - according to DA, the largest independent host using DA.

    Aside from doing updates to core releases whenever we please, our users love the stability and security of DA.

    I tried to work with cpanel a couple years back, then during the last hostingcon (07) I tried to speak with them. I didn't like their elitest attitude at hostingcon - and their enterprise sales office never returned calls after it. So instead of supplementing our hosting with cpanel, we'll stick with our proven/tried product, directadmin.

    But, for all other hosts ... use cpanel, it's better for us if you do
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    I vote for DirectAdmin. More reliable for me. Maybe cPanel has more icons but you can do everything in directadmin 2 x faster. DA is easier to customize (within hour or less you can create new skin).
    We use DA on all our servers and I always suggest DA as server panel to our customers.

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