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    VPS Newbie - CPanel or DirectAdmin?

    Which control panel is better for a VPS newbie without server management experience? It will be on a host using Parallels Virtuozzo. The VPS will be used for hosting a few personal sites, so the reseller features wouldn't be that important. Extent of knowledge is being able to install packaged scripts and make minor modifications if necessary.

    I believe DirectAdmin has a feature called CustomBuild, which automates the process of updating PHP, MySQL, and a lot of other software. Which would be great for someone who doesn't know how to do it manually. Does CPanel have something similar?

    And it terms of keeping the VPS secure, do either have a feature that keeps on top of plugging security exploits? If that isn't something handled by a control panel, is there other software that can do this for me?

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    cPanel has a similar system, EasyApache, although, it's only for recompiling Apache with a gui.

    Personally, go with cPanel - it's probably the best control panel for standalone servers.
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    If price is no issue, then I would go cPanel, it is much more feature robust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    Which control panel is better for a VPS newbie without server management experience? It will be on a host using Parallels Virtuozzo. The VPS will be used for hosting a few personal sites, so the reseller features wouldn't be that important. Extent of knowledge is being able to install packaged scripts and make minor modifications if necessary.
    Either will do.

    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    I believe DirectAdmin has a feature called CustomBuild, which automates the process of updating PHP, MySQL, and a lot of other software. Which would be great for someone who doesn't know how to do it manually. Does CPanel have something similar?
    Yes, it's called EasyApache.

    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    And it terms of keeping the VPS secure, do either have a feature that keeps on top of plugging security exploits? If that isn't something handled by a control panel, is there other software that can do this for me?
    You can configure cPanel via the GUI to pull the latest and greatest code automatically. As far as I know, DA's upgrade can be automated via a crontab. Curious, how much guaranteed memory does your VPS have?

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    cPanel more options that your client's would love compare to DirectAdmin , and cPanel most client's prefer to robust options that cPanel has to offer. If your tight on budget and your users don't care much about features DirectAdmin is your best choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIXy View Post
    Yes, it's called EasyApache.

    You can configure cPanel via the GUI to pull the latest and greatest code automatically. As far as I know, DA's upgrade can be automated via a crontab. Curious, how much guaranteed memory does your VPS have?
    Does EasyApahce handle as wide a swath of software updates (MySQL, phpMyAdmin, Roundcube, etc.) as CustomBuild? And it's able to do it all through a GUI? (CustomBuild is all command prompt).

    I'm looking at 768MB guaranteed memory. I hear CPanel needs at least 512MB to run well? If I wanted to run Joomla, phpBB, and MediaWiki with ~30 concurrent users, how much guaranteed memory would I have to get for CPanel and DirectAdmin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonVPS-Jim View Post
    cPanel more options that your client's would love compare to DirectAdmin , and cPanel most client's prefer to robust options that cPanel has to offer. If your tight on budget and your users don't care much about features DirectAdmin is your best choice.
    In your opinion, what are some key features that CPanel has which DirectAdmin doesn't?

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    EasyApache does apache only. There is an upgrade script that I think covers all that though.

    768 should do you just fine.

    cPanel is more widely known, and IMO it has WAY more backend features in WHM, more security, ease of use, etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FazeWire View Post
    EasyApache does apache only. There is an upgrade script that I think covers all that though.
    Does anyone know what that script is called that can handle all the upgrades that CustomBuild does?

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    Are you referring to cPanel or Directadmin?

    I know for cPanel there's this option in WHM where you can upgrade your php/mysql/apache if I am not mistaken. ( haven't used cpanel for a long time )
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    Price shouldn't be an issue for cPanel/WHM because their VPS version is highly affordable.

    Go for cPanel/WHM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulex View Post
    Are you referring to cPanel or Directadmin?

    I know for cPanel there's this option in WHM where you can upgrade your php/mysql/apache if I am not mistaken. ( haven't used cpanel for a long time )
    I think what you're referring to is EasyApache, which people had said only handles Apache upgrades. I'm wondering whether cPanel has another upgrade script that can handle PHP/MySQL/phpMyAdmin/Roundcube/etc. updates like CustomBuild does with DirectAdmin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    I think what you're referring to is EasyApache, which people had said only handles Apache upgrades. I'm wondering whether cPanel has another upgrade script that can handle PHP/MySQL/phpMyAdmin/Roundcube/etc. updates like CustomBuild does with DirectAdmin.
    /scripts/upcp (a script) updates all.

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    cPanel has a much larger community and pretty much any issue you can run into can be answered by a quick googling of the error message. I'd HIGHLY recommend making room in your budget to pickup cPanel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquariusADMIN View Post
    cPanel has a much larger community and pretty much any issue you can run into can be answered by a quick googling of the error message. I'd HIGHLY recommend making room in your budget to pickup cPanel.
    cPanel does seem to be the overwhelming favorite now. Last year, a lot of people seemed to like DirectAdmin for its low resource usage (i.e. less memory required to run the same site) if you're just running your own sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIXy View Post
    /scripts/upcp (a script) updates all.

    Regards
    Thanks. If you don't want to update all, is there a config file you can edit to specify which software you want or don't want updated? (e.g. if you want to leave MySQL at 5.0.x instead of moving to 5.1.x)

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    If you see the recommendations you got for a control panel running on vps, Almost 98% suggests to go with Cpanel, the reason is simple more robost, advanced features, secure and reliable. My personal suggestion will also be to go with Cpanel.
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    cPanel is the best. You will really love it!!
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    another vote for the Cpanel here.
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    I've used both and personally prefer DA for its simplicity. cPanel is tailored more towards beginners and those needing everything in gui form. DA is just as solid and stable as cPanel, and can do pretty much everything cPanel can.

    DA also has the advantage of much lower pricing. Especially when it comes to VPS servers. Your looking at about $6 for DA, or $12+ for cPanel.

    Whichever you choose, you will be happy and be able to do everything you need to do.
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    cPanel is an overkill in most cases; I love DA and it just works for me.

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    i agree with agnivo007... vote to DA from me

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    I've used the end-user control panels of both DA and CPanel, and I didn't find CPanel to have any advantage over DA for the way I use it. But I haven't used the admin control panels of either. Is CPanel's admin control panel that much better than DA's?

    I'm using this VPS for myself, so won't have to worry about whether end-clients will prefer one control panel over another. And my main draw to DA was its lower memory footprint.

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    I can recommend DA.....

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    DA

    cpanel is just a mess. a complete mess. DA is simple and its easy to use. Its very intuitive where cpanel is just a confusing mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    Thanks. If you don't want to update all, is there a config file you can edit to specify which software you want or don't want updated? (e.g. if you want to leave MySQL at 5.0.x instead of moving to 5.1.x)
    Yes, most people edit these preferences via WHM but there is a back-end configuration file you can manually edit these settings if you desire. You can also update individual services if you desire (e.g. /scripts/mysqlup updates MySQL).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    I think what you're referring to is EasyApache, which people had said only handles Apache upgrades. .
    EasyApache also handles installation/removal of Apache modules, upgrading of PHP, implementation of concurrent PHP (PHP 4 and 5 simultaneously), installation/removal of PHP modules and the installation/removal of TomCat support and mod_mono support. However, Tomcat and Mono are only recommended for experienced administrators of those server technologies.

    EasyApache is better thought of as a utility to add support for new server technologies to your cPanel/WHM server than just a tool to upgrade Apache.

    EasyApache can be run from the command line as /scripts/easyapache as well as via the WHM interface.
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    I belive cPanel is the best. Go with them. You pay for what you get. cPanel is the greatest. Easy to use.

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    Most people who tell you to go with cPanel have probably never seriously used DirectAdmin. It does everything cPanel can do, isn't such a mess/resource hog, and it's cheaper.

    I would actually pay more for DirectAdmin than I would for cPanel. Luckily, I don't have to.

    And cPanel may have EasyApache, but DirectAdmin has custombuild, which handles Apache, PHP, MySQL, Zend, almost anything you can think of...

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    I recommend DA on a vps.
    In Cpanel - While changing the settings you choose the domain .
    In DA you choose the domain at the beginning , then you work on it's settings.
    I like it this seperation the DA way. Everything looks more neat. Things are organized better in DA, you don't see too many icons on the panel, which makes people think that it is lacking features.

    However, if you are planing to sell accounts many people will request Cpanel although they won't benefit from it.

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    cPanel is more common and has become the standard hosting platform. Its feature filled and well supported and documented. I'd start with cPanel unless you have a specific reason not to go with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vpsville View Post
    cPanel is more common and has become the standard hosting platform. Its feature filled and well supported and documented. I'd start with cPanel unless you have a specific reason not to go with it.
    Theres no reason why anyone should choose cPanel over DA. They both have almost identical feature sets...the only "real" user difference is their interfaces....and price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cPanelDavidG View Post
    EasyApache also handles installation/removal of Apache modules, upgrading of PHP, implementation of concurrent PHP (PHP 4 and 5 simultaneously), installation/removal of PHP modules and the installation/removal of TomCat support and mod_mono support.
    Does the command-line "upcp" take care of the rest? (phpmyadmin, proftpd, roundcube, etc.)

    And is there a list of apps that upcp can handle? I couldn't find one with a Google search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreativ View Post
    Does the command-line "upcp" take care of the rest? (phpmyadmin, proftpd, roundcube, etc.)

    And is there a list of apps that upcp can handle? I couldn't find one with a Google search.
    cPanel updates (which are automatic by default and sometimes simply referred to as "upcp") will update roundcube, proftpd, pureftpd, phpMyAdmin etc. However, we do perform quality assurance testing on new versions of software before pushing these updates to production web servers to ensure such updates do not compromise the stability of your server.
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    If building/updating apps is a major concern, then DA custombuild script by smtalk is really great, well documented and easy to use.

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