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Hi, I'm new and looking to buy.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JayBrain, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. JayBrain

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    I'm looking at buying a new server, and I want to have some kind of automated control panel. I've tested out a Plesk control pannel, and I'm not too impressed with it. I have seen many webhosts use cpanel and I'm interested in purchasing it. I'm currently running a windows 2003 server with IIS, but I don't think that's what I want to continue using. I need somthing that can monitor bandwidth, host multiple sites from one IP, be a mail server (pop & smtp), and help me out with several aministrative processes. I think cpanel is what I'm looking for, but I need to look more into this.

    I curretnly only host about 20 sites on my windows server, and each site had to be manually set up and configured by me. Will cpanel assist in this process?

    anyways.. I guess I better read up a bit more on this... let me know if I'm going to right way on this.
     
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    Sounds like Cpanel/WHM is what you're looking for. It's basically a system admin interface to make the more common tasks easier.

    You will have to get a new server to use it though for 2 reasons. First, it doesn't work on a windows server. Second, cpanel is practically a part of the OS. It's always best to start with a fresh OS install then install cpanel, then set up accounts.
     
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    Yes, I plan on buying a new server, and I think I need Linux to run cpanel don't I?

    Is there any built in billing features?
     
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    You can see which OS's they support on the front page.
    http://cpanel.net/

    No built in billing systems, but there are many different ones designed to work with cpanel.
     
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    I love Cpanel.

    I also offer our clients a few other options,,,

    Ensim (don't ask my opinion --- its not good for those who have sensitity issues)
    Plesk (on windows)

    I also used to offer Helm --- but refuse to offer this ... Not worth a dime in my opinion...


    In any event ---

    My suggestion is first to get a trial server:

    I have done a little poking around:



    1. Ev1 has a few plans...
    2. Nocster starts at only $60
    3. Enter The Matrix ...
    4. The Planet

    My pick would be the nocster one --- just because of cost --- try it out --- if you like it then get the best deal possible from any of the providers above.

    Note --- Nocster and The Planet will provide some basic support --- EV1 is hands off
    EV1 has spent money to cover their clients from the SCO lawsuits against linux users... but thats not important I dont think...

    Also - look towards Fast Server Management to help you get the box locked down. They charge only $30 to do it... and they can help you move sites if needed...


    Speaking of that --- CPanel has a great utility to copy and move sites from a Plesk Box !

    ** One last note **

    If you have sites using ASP, ASP.Net --- they might not work in Linux / Cpanel.


    Hope this helps you out. :rolleyes:


    :)
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I am seriously considering cPanel, and an automated billing script as listed above.

    And yes, I'm going to run a trial with one of those service providors listed as well. I do not want to be locked into a lease with one of those servers though, just a one month trial for testing, before I purchase my new server.

    Any recommendations on an OS?
     
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    Jay ---

    I would suggest Redhat Enterprise ---

    Nocster - I believe is the cheapest alternative to those that I listed before ---
    I do some colo with them - and they are very responsive...

    Call each of these provides and tell them you want to test their service for a month first...
    sometimes they will give you the month for free

    I have gotten it from most providers just by asking --- EV1 however never ever ever gives away the farm... but the $1.00 setup is nice


    if you have questions once you get started - post them into the forum -
    Also - check out www.webhostgear.com - its a great website... offers a ton of how to's and such for cpanel, redhat, and other linux flavors


    :)
     
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