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Best Free Control Panel?

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by DRE, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    What's the best free control panel? Will not bother buying a cPanel license so I'm looking at free alternatives.
  2. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I've been using Webmin for many years. It works great.
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  3. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  4. WSWD

    WSWD Well-Known Member

    Zpanel has had some major security issues in the past. Haven't really kept up lately.
  5. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    zPanel get's hacked a lot. For free panels, webmin is the way to go but it does have a pretty heavy learning curve, esp for someone without a lot of server admin exp. Since you said you don't have much server admin exp in other threads before, cPanel or Plesk would be your best options.
  6. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  7. Jarod

    Jarod Active Member


    Virtualmin since 2005 for me :)
  8. p4guru

    p4guru Well-Known Member

    why not just stick with cpanel ? for VPS license costs <$14-15/mo
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  9. WSWD

    WSWD Well-Known Member

    Or DirectAdmin for $5/mo on a VPS. Just depends on your provider.
  10. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    IMO, your gonna spend the 5.00 on DA, you might as well just pay a bit more and go cPanel. DA is a bit more of a hassle to get up and running too.. cPanel is just 3 simple command lines and wait 30 minutes :)
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  11. WSWD

    WSWD Well-Known Member

    Completely agree. Unfortunately, not all providers get cPanel licenses at a reduced price. The $15 price tag is often twice as expensive, or as expensive as the VPS itself. When somebody is on a budget and is looking for free panels, the $15/mo. can often be hard to swallow.

    I do agree with cPanel though. Painless and it generally just works.
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  12. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    Been a long time since I used DA, but don't you have to install each module you want just like Webmin.. Apache, MySQL etc don't come installed when you install it?
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  13. WSWD

    WSWD Well-Known Member

    I haven't used it for anything in ages. I think Apache, MySQL, PHP and such get installed now, but anything else needs to be custom installed.
  14. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    cPanel updates software slowly and painfully. PHP 5.5 isn't there yet, and won't be there for couple of months.
    xCache version 3 has just been integrated couple of days ago after about several months that it's out.
    They are just "over testing" 3rd party add-ons/software and it puts them behind. I can do much more customization with DA than cPanel. When I had cPanel I felt like I'm in prison.

    Sure you can do manual installation, but cPanel doesn't really support it, and it can break stuff.
  15. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    cPanel isn't about being bleeding edge. It IS about being stable.
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  16. Hoffi

    Hoffi Well-Known Member

    Yes, here too. Any other has too many overhead.
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  17. p4guru

    p4guru Well-Known Member

    exactly... different tools for different purposes

    unless all your php scripts and addons/plugins are PHP 5.5 compatible you usually won't jump on PHP 5.5 ASAP

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