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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by easyprosys, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. easyprosys

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    I have sadly used Plesk for 18 years. Much was included though. Like applications, a basic web site editor, etc. But now that we're switching all of our servers to cPanel for Linux I am curious as to favorite and most useful/functional add-on's. I'd like to ask for advice.

    What is the favored responsive site builder? RV? Site.pro? Other?

    Softaculous or other?

    How about back-up options? Do any back-up the OS as well or just the sites?

    We have a small user base and don't represent a threat to anyone.
     
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    Hello @easyprosys,

    The cPApps page is a good place to see a list of available third-party applications for cPanel & WHM:

    cPanel App Catalog :: Third-Party Applications for cPanel & WHM

    The specific third-party applications you named (e.g. RVSiteBuilder, Softaculous) are some of the more common applications we see feedback on. You can search the names of these applications using the forum's search feature if you'd like to see existing threads where they are referenced and discussed.

    The "Backup" category on the cPApps page includes a list of third-party applications related to backups:

    cPanel App Catalog :: Backup Utilities

    Let me know if I can help you with any questions or concerns (about third-party apps or about cPanel & WHM in general).

    Thanks!
     
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    Thank you for your reply. Its been a tough morning.

    The actual question was based on your market research which specific applications are recommended for a new server? Which builder tool? Which backup tool? I can read a catalog but that isn't going to answer my question on what the most preferred applications are. Sooo... I'm asking for guidance.
     
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    There are no specific third-party applications that we recommend, and the usage is not something that's tracked. Generally, the use of third-party applications it's based on the preferences and needs of the individual server owner. Are you sure a third-party application is required in-lieu of the native options offered directly in cPanel & WHM? Here's some documentation on the features included in the product:

    Site Publisher - Version 72 Documentation - cPanel Documentation
    Backup Configuration - Version 72 Documentation - cPanel Documentation
    Install cPAddons Site Software - Version 72 Documentation - cPanel Documentation

    Is there a specific need you are attempting to address? If so, I can try to point you towards a specific third-party application.

    Thank you.
     
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    This question was directed to the hosts that have added things like Softaculous, RV Site Builder, Site.pro, Cloudflare, and others. I am coming from Plesk Onyx that had many features native to it like Site.Pro ($10), remote DNS management and many others. Most had an additional fee so a server wold end up costing $300/mo. just in software add-on's. I AM NO FAN OF PLESK! But Plesk is undoubtedly the worst supported just like Virtuozzo. For 18 years I've battled with support doing a half a$$ed job. Taking days to answer tickets. Not understanding English well enough to handle issues with a week of back and forth. I have found cPanel just the opposite. My small customer base has often begged for cPanel and eventually left. So I've left Plesk. That means that I am starting fresh after 18 years and seeking suggestions. I have no software engineer to guide me with answers and so I ask...
     
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    Hi @easyprosys

    Like you, some years ago I migrated from Plesk to cPanel, and for many of the same reasons, so it would seem that Plesk will never learn :( (or perhaps just don't care)

    I first tried RV Site Builder and was initially impressed with it. That lasted only one year then RV upgraded their systems that essentially broke every existing site - and their new builder was just dreadful, and their support was non-existent (except for their billing department who continued to harass me to renew after I had cancelled their services).

    I was pleasantly surprised with the Softaculous Auto Installer. To date, they have kept the scripts they offer well updated, are constantly introducing new features and ideas, and they have a Website Builder called SitePad that I don't use myself (non of my customers expressed any interest in it) but that seems to work well enough when I experimented with it.

    Apart from the ClamAV scanner that comes with cPanel by default, I would also strongly recommend installing the ConfigServer Security & Firewall (free) to assist with security, and you may get mileage from ConfigServer ModSecurity Control if your users deploy CMS sites that then run into issues with Mod Sec.

    I have seen mixed reports about using Cloudflare. I guess it depends on ones motivation for using it in the first place, but it seems to be being commonly used to compensate for under resourced, cheep, virtual servers, and I don't think it does a particularly good job of trying to make a sows ear into a silk purse. If you intend to use it to make a fundamentally good server on a decent pipe, better and safer, it would seem to do what they claim - but it isn't something I would like to have to rely on ( I hate having to rely on allways-on third party services to deliver my customers website content, and actively discourage it).

    Hope this helps.

    UPDATE

    Heavens, I forgot one of the most important things I added - CloudLinux and KernelCare

    This gives me rebootless kernel updates, and a caged environment for the clients to use without being able to escape and affect anyone else. I also use their hardened legacy ALT-PHP to host some die-hard users who flatly refuse to update their old PHP software, and additionally benefit from the control of the server resources that can be allocated to each user/package.

    ALT-PHP combined with the CloudLinux lsapi handler has proved to provide excellent PHP performance without the need to use a separate Nginx or LiteSpeed server itteration

    I would love to have the full Imunify360 security suit from the same developers, but I just can't afford it :(

    In addition to the cPanel backups (which are lamentably short on multi scheduling options) I contract a full off-site backup service from my datacentre which would give me a full bare-metal restore (everything including OS and settings) in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure.
     
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    To be honest, if you're looking for opinions, webhostingtalk forums has lots of folks with opinions. I would think there are many threads asking this sort of question over there already. Users will promote products they like with reviews and such which is permitted. You'll reach a far wider audience there as well with SysAdmin experiences moving from plesk to cPanel.

    If I was to give you any advice on this if would be to only install what you need to have. Don't pack it all in thinking it'll help sell accounts. Good Customer Service and a rock solid secure server is far more important than 15 add-ons sitting there taking up space in a well made cPanel interface that no one will ever use, and, you need to keep updated and maintained.

    My 2. :)
     
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