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Taylor J

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Okay so I'm about to go ahead and get service from Vultr for a server. I'm doing this to host a personal website and maybe a few other sites in the future but to also learn how to manage a server myself.

I do plan to learn how to do everything by hand using ssh and editing config files manually but I do want something to fall back onto when I'm in a bind or need to fix something faster than my slow self can using a command line.

I've been debating on using something free or just paying the $15 a month for cpanel/whm (I do love me some cpanel and whm). But was wondering are there any free options out there that do compare? To be honest the $15 is kind of a deal, most other providers charge anywhere from $20 to $30 a month. Add that onto the already cheap price per month of the package I'd be getting (forgot what it's called but it's the $10 tier) and that's actually a very good price per month for a web server.
 

Ali.Ch

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Taylor J,

First I have to say its great to learn command line and management the server but never host a serious website/email on the server which are learning from/with. It's coming from a personal experience :D.

Personally I would never go with cPanel/WHM, especially afther their recent pricing update which will come into effect soon. IMO $15 for one account is ridiculous!!!!

So what would be the options?

Free:
Again I would not recommend. When something is free, it is offered as is. Therefore, it would be a huge risk however, if you have a company with developers who know what they are doing that would be a different story.

As a free option I found Froxlor. You can take a look at it here : https://www.froxlor.org/

Paid:

1- My personal choice which I am running on two of my servers is DirectAdmin. DirectAdmin has gone a long way and now it has become an advanced hosting panel. Its developed by a wellknown Canadian company and it supports many more operating systems and webservers compared to cPanel.

I always recommend OpenLiteSpeed (which is not supported by cPanel) and DirectAdmin to whoever that asks me.

There are some companies which are offering DirectAdmin for a very cheap prices with their service. For example the company which I am working with offers a 2GB RAM / 1 Core CPU Cloud server with DirectAdmin for $9.99 ( AiONETS Cloud Solutions ). Try to contact them with Chat or Ticket for DirectAdmin and cloud server pricing.

2. Plesk: it comes with good options like Application controls, but personaly I have had many issues with this panel after updates and I would never use it again.

And for Operating system:
I would recommend FreeBSD. Compared to Linux instances I would prefer FreeBSD as the first priority for me is security (or maybe I am more comfortable with it... its totally a personal choice).

But please be aware that for some Panels you will be obliged to use a certain OS.

Good luck :)
 

overcast

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If you want something say that works from SSH and also give you git like deployments, then maybe Flynn and Caprover can be a good start.
 

DaveL

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Check put Webuzo - I came from cPanel and love it! Plus at only $25 a year it's so much cheaper!
 

Hentai

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The new pricing model seems insane. I will have to contact my host if there are any planned changes since I get my "free" WHM/Cpanel license through them.

Worse comes to worst I have used DirectAdmin in past and it was comparable. I have also heard good things about InterWorx. I hope they have transition tools to make the move easier if necessary.
 

mysiteguy

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If it's Centos, CWP. Free version, and the Pro version is only $1.49/month. Most of the functions of Cpanel and more, including https://softaculous.com Setting it up does require you to have a bit of knowledge though. One big plus is it can import Cpanel account backups.

I've used VirtualMin/Webmin, and prefer CWP, just a lot less hoops to jump through, and the end user interface is very easy
 

Taylor J

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Thank you all for the suggestions! So far I'm actually very impressed by the CWP since CentOS is what I'd be using and it looks amazing.
 

bilbo baggins

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Vultr actually offer a free version of Plesk for 3 domains, it's essentially exactly the same as the paid version but with the 3 domain limit.
 

Gianni Marinho

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I'm in doubt about Plesk or venturing into an opensource control panel.

no one here spoke at ISPconfig. What do you think of him?

What about aaPanel? does anyone here know?
 
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