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dbrooke 30th October 2007 18:53

cPanel ISPConfig differences

I have a potential client that has used cPanel and wanted me to look at it. It looks like a similar solution to what I run now (ISPConfig), so I told him there may be a conflict there to have two server admin tools running. I was wondering if anyone out there has experience with cPanel and could do a quick comparison of the two tools. I understand that one difference is that ISPConfig is open source! (which I can sure appreciate!).


till 30th October 2007 22:29

Generally, you can not run cpanel and ISPConfig on the same server. I dont think that there is a detailed comparison available.

edge 30th October 2007 22:33

I know a small one.

cPanel = not free
ISPconfig = free

mhmjr 31st October 2007 05:25

Cpanel will overwrite any changes made by hand or other tools for many services that it controls. This alone would make having both on the same server difficult. ISPconfig and CPanel would also have some issues with their expectation of the paths for certain things to be. This could be resolved with symlinks or some other method, but would be a lot of work for a silly purpose. Both ISPconfig and Cpanel are fairly full featured for a webhosting environment. They both accomplish many of the same tasks, but use different methods to do so, such is the nature of *nix.

I like both panels and can see advantages and disadvantages of each. Overall I would say that Cpanel has more features and is a bit more intuitive than I find ISPconfig to be. Thats my personal opinion. That said, I use ISPconfig rather than Cpanel on my own server. I think you would have a difficult time converting someone used to CPanel to almost any other control panel for webhosting, ISPconfig in particular. Cpanel loyalty tends to run deep.


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