Best Free Control Panel?

DRE

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

WSWD

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

Mike Edge

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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.
 

Mike Edge

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Or DirectAdmin for $5/mo on a VPS. Just depends on your provider.
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 :)
 

WSWD

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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 :)

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.
 

Mike Edge

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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.

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?
 

WSWD

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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.
 

Moshe1010

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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 :)
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.
 

p4guru

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