View Poll Results: What get more signups, CPanel @ a high price, or No CP at a cheap price?

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  • More for CPanel / DirectAdmin / Other Pricey CP

    33 91.67%
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    2 5.56%
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  1. #1

    Question Which control panel is most prefered?

    Hello everyone,

    I have been in the hosting business for the about 5 years now, and I have always offered CPanel w/ Fantastico, or Installatron (which I think is better than Fantastco BWT). Anyway I have been seeing some really great deals on servers with other control panels like, DirectAdmin, of even LXAdmin for, but I'm not sure if they're worth buying !

    My question is for hosts that do offer, or have offered, hosting packages with different control panels, and how well they all performed?
    Is it worth getting a server with LXAdmin, or some other CP for free, then offer high disc space, and bandwidth but, LXAdmin, or even no control panel?

    I know that CP/WHM is probably the most commonly used control panel, and most likely DirectAdmin is behind that. How well do you do if you offer just LXAdmin, some other 3rd part CP script like XPanel, or even no control panel at all?

    I'm pondering the idea of adding other packages on a different CP such LXAdmin, or none at all? Those costs could be passed down to the buyer so that I can easily offer packages with high disc space , and bandwidth, and still be playing safe and turning a profit. Or, even normal size packages at insanely low prices. either way.

    But is it worth it, do you get as many, more, or the same amount of signups for packages with CPanel / DirectAdmin vs. LXadmin / No CP?

    Thank in advance!
    Last edited by build-a-host; 08-09-2009 at 04:16 PM.

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    Cpanel's great,

    I like free cp's as well. because you can theme them more and make alot of addons for them,

    Cant say much on lxadmin as i beleive they are re working on it, But when i did use hypervm and lxadmin it was good,

    Im testing ehcp ( Easy Hosting Panel ) http://www.ehcp.net/ which seems to be good minor some bugs

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    cPanel and DirectAdmin are the best IMHO. For a fully managed provider like us, standardizing on a larger set of control panels means increased training costs and complex human resource logistics. As long as your team knows a control panel well, really well, you should add it as an option to your offerings. Otherwise, keep it off your offerings no matter how tempting it is to tell the world you can support it.

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    I have a question in regaurds to the panel WEBMIN. Do people not like this? I know CPanel is the best, but does WEBMIN (which is free) cause any problems both with managed providers and in terms of security?

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    Cpanel has been around longer than WEBMIN. I have not use WEBMIN yet, so I can't say anything about it, but I do like Cpanel as it is very easy to use. Their support forum is really helpful. I get most of the answers to my questions on that forum.

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    You cannot find some exclusive options in Webmin as you see in CPanel or other control panels.
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    It really depends on what you are doing. I think cpanel is one of the most full featured control panels, so if your niche is competing with other cpanel hosts, you'll need to have cpanel. (ie, a host with no control panel can't really offer what a host with cpanel offers)

    But if you have a different niche or are just hosting your own sites, then a cheaper cp or no cp may be sufficient for you.
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    If I were to use the webhosting account my choice would be Cpanel or directadmin. CPanel because it is the most popular and features and functionality is best. Directadmin because it is smaller and quite popular.
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    cPanel is choice!

    cPanel would have to be the most smartest and up to date web hosting control panel today. It has most of the features other control panels dont dont.

    It is also user friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexxa View Post
    Im testing ehcp ( Easy Hosting Panel ) http://www.ehcp.net/ which seems to be good minor some bugs
    This software looks great.

    Thanks for the resource. For some reason it stands out from all the other free ones.

    I can tell it has some bugs, but for free and open source you can just fix them yourself.
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    Cpanel just makes it all so easy.
    Plus, I and clients are so used to it now that to change it makes no sense whatsoever. Big fan of it now.

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    cPanel seems to be the favorite. I think I use it out of convenience because it is so well supported.

    I used Directadmin in the past and loved it because of the simplicity of the interface and it's speed.

    Webmin is nice but it is confusing and hard to configure for virtual hosting IMO.

    Ehcp looks promising and easy to install. I think I might give it a try on a VPS.
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    cPanel for sure, I've also used direct admin which is nice but cpanel just makes things so much easier. I remember using it for the first time and it seemed complicated, right now I know it like under my bed (I know most of the stuff down there but occasionally I find something new )

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    Great topic. Go cPanel!
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    When I first started my own website on a new domain, I was set up with a cPanel account, and it certainly made things much easier for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnight View Post
    Cpanel has been around longer than WEBMIN.
    No it has not. Webmin was around before Cpanel. But Webmin and Cpanel should not even be compared because they are for two different purposes. Webmin is for server administrators and can do a lot more things than Cpanel and can even run on the same server as Cpanel. But again Webmin is for administrators not for end users. The same is true when comparing Webmin to DirectAdmin.

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    For web hosting companies DirectAdmin has a lot lower startup cost than Cpanel. Cpanel cannot compete with DirectAdmin on cost.

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    Cpanel, Plesk and DirectAdmin are the best control panels currently available in the market
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    Cpanel is the best to go with. I only stick around with Cpanel, makes thing much easier to do on a server.
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    cpanel is the best when end user is the matter.

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    cPanel most widely preferred by end users. Let us see how Enkompass going to perform.
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    I would have to say cPanel / Fantastico is what most people want; maybe even an industry standard.
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    You forgot to mention Plesk, we have been using Plesk for our shared hosting accounts for many years. We did some market research with our users and found that they preferred Plesk over cPanel.

    Their response was the user friendly interface and the easy quick links.

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    cpanel is a good choice as it's an easier one than other CPs, but it takes more resources than other CPs

    Thanks

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    cPanel without any doubt. Direct Admin and Plesk are after cPanel
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    cpanel is the best choose for cp
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  27. #27
    cpanel hands down..i have used plesk, hsphere, directadmin and cpanel wins.

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    i have used cPanel, plesk and direct admin...

    i most prefer cPanel for end user and admin...there a lot of feature which other CP doesn't have...

    GO for cPanel!!

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    Hmmm...

    My personal favorite is DirectAdmin mostly because of simplicity and cost. Webmin is okay ive been testing it on one of my servers to see what its like and it seems good for a free panel. There is also Open Panel witch is another good Free Panel. But in terms with Power & Control cPanel Whoops asses there

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    My favorite is cPanel haven't yet tried DirectAdmin

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    I vote for cPanel, easy to use.

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    cpanel is great! really comfortable to use, well directadmin is good and secure, depends on your taste

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    Offering cPanel certainly helps sales.

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    I started with Webmin and its like a GUI admin interface to a server - learned sys admin using that - then could go edit the files and if I made a mistake, use webmin to "fix it", else was great for managing users and helping with the drigery of account administration. Very non-intrusive and can be configured to work with installed packages. Downside is the stupid user is not shielded and can jack up their server very quickly.
    You still get the joy of yum updates and fixing things that break occasionally, run your home rolled apache, email, whatever..

    On the other end CPanel is almost an OS in itself, use the GUI for everything else risk breaking a server - do not edit files w/o CPanel knowing. Do not taunt happy fun CPanel.

    Great part is because its taken over the server, everything auto updates and like me, the admin can focus on writing code and not upgrading/recompiling. Folks at CP HQ send out updates, your server stays updated and things work - perfect for those less interested in admin and more into an appliance to run services..

    Right now recompiling some Direct Admin so can use php_cgi and will set up a backup server with DA, since I noticed CP is not used much after an account is setup and working, plus I miss hacking up my own server...
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    Thumbs up

    No doubts cpanel is the best for everything

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    Cpanel for its faster evolution rate.
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    Cpanel is the best choice, of course, but it is even more expensive than an unmanaged vps.

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    I have only ever used cPanel because it was the first panel I ever used and liked, so I've kept to that and haven't tried the others.

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    cpanael is good choice, i love fantastico much too

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    Definitely cPanel will be lead ahead in the this race.

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