Help for choosing cPanel or Direct Admin : what's impossible with cPanel and possible with DA ?

trucmuche

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Hello,

I'll get a small VPS for my small hosting activity (for now I have 10 websites and I don't want to have more than 30 websites - growing is not my aim). This VPS will have 2Go RAM, 50G hard drive, CentOS 6 and a dedicated IP.

I was using Direct Admin (reseller level) for years and I'm quite familiar with its interface but sometimes, I had to do some special configurations and I saw that they were not possible with DA and gave up... So now I hesitate to get CPanel instead of DA...

Would you help me to choose ? Is there some things that I can't do with CPanel that I could do with DirectAdmin, or no ??

Thank you very much in advance,

Best regards,

Trucmuche
 

trucmuche

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Thank you for your message !

Well I don't have special requirements for now, really, but I don't know yet where I'm going precisely and where the websites I will have to host will need :)
  • I need PHP > 5.3 with IMAP module compiled inside of PHP, Pear library, ...
  • set up SPF record, DKIM configurations for signing emails (newsletters for example)
  • SSL certificates
  • ... I don't know yet what more...
If there are things I should worry about, please tell me... :)
 

trucmuche

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I also need to setup automatic backups of most user accounts to an external FTP server, and to be able to restore them easily after a crash disk, for example.

Explicitely, is it possible to have automatic backup of user1 account launched each sunday at 3:00, automatic backup of user2 launched each sunday at 3:30 and so on ?

And is it possible to store 3 backups for each user ? The third (oldest one) being deleted when a new backup is done...
 

cPanelMichael

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Hello :)

Allow me to address each requirement individually.

I need PHP > 5.3 with IMAP module compiled inside of PHP, Pear library, ...
Yes, this is fully supported and manageable through EasyApache:

Introduction to EasyApache

set up SPF record, DKIM configurations for signing emails (newsletters for example)
Yes, both SPF and DKIM records are supported. We provide an easy-to-use option that allows you to enable these records:

cPanel - Email Authentication

SSL certificates
Yes, SSL certificates are fully supported. SNI is also supported, and since you are using CentOS 6 this will allow you to install certificates on shared IP addresses.

Install SSL Certificates

I also need to setup automatic backups of most user accounts to an external FTP server, and to be able to restore them easily after a crash disk, for example.
Yes, this is supported as well:

Backup Configuration

Explicitely, is it possible to have automatic backup of user1 account launched each sunday at 3:00, automatic backup of user2 launched each sunday at 3:30 and so on ?
There are no native options for this feature, but you could theoretically setup multiple cron jobs that backup each account individually using /scripts/pkgacct at select times. This would require some manual intervention on your part.

And is it possible to store 3 backups for each user ? The third (oldest one) being deleted when a new backup is done...
You can find our backup retention documentation here:

Backup Retention

Thank you.
 

trucmuche

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Thank you very much for your precise and detailed answer !!

For my backup questions, it seems that scheduling is implemented. Hence it is possible to setup CPanel to make backup of some user accounts every week... This is what I tried to ask for I think... But I didn't see how to set the hour I want the daily backup to run. Is it automatically done (when ??) ?
 

cPanelMichael

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Yes, you can change the start time the backup generation begins via:

"WHM Home » Server Configuration » Configure cPanel Cron Jobs"

Thank you.