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    cPanel vs DirectAdmin - what hosting provider and the user says



    Comparing DirectAdmin and cPanel? This is what says one hosting provider (who manage DirectAdmin dedicated servers for some month/s):

    "I am going to be completely frank with you here. DirectAdmin is garbage compared to cPanel, it will always be garbage compared to cPanel and it is a very difficult product to work with. We recommend clients only use DirectAdmin if they absolutely cannot afford cPanel. With that said, DirectAdmin has many features missing compared to cPanel ... I am quite annoyed with how slow DirectAdmin development is and have come to accept it will never be anything close to what cPanel is which is why a good portion of our clients are still on cPanel."

    From my user perspective: DirectAdmin is OK. I can not say i am badly missing any feature, but there are small things that makes your experience a bit worse - you have to spend more time:

    - interface (Evolution skin) is usually slower than cPanel (especialy File manager of the Evolution skin)
    - need to switch between domains - not all are visible at same time
    - No automatic login into PHPMyAdmin - you have to have saved DA credentials that you input into phpmyadmin login form
    - File manager has more complicated file/folder moving (can not define destination path right away, have to use annoying "clipboard")
    - File manager paging issue
    - File manager - can not apply recursive permissions (only on folders or only on files)
    - No AutoSSL (no automaticaly enabling Let's encrypt on all new accounts/domains that are without cert.
    - Absence of the good migration tool from cP to DA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - interface (Evolution skin) is usually slower than cPanel (especialy File manager of the Evolution skin)
    I think it's related to disk space count there. Please make sure you use 1.59.4 to have gzip enabled by default for the skin to make it run faster. I think it'd be possible to make FileManager much faster, if used disk space for every folder isn't needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - need to switch between domains - not all are visible at same time
    How would you create domain-specific email or FTP account, for example? If there is no domain selection.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - No automatic login into PHPMyAdmin - you have to have saved DA credentials that you input into phpmyadmin login form
    This is available since 1.59, but optional. See the changelog entry ID 2473.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - File manager has more complicated file/folder moving (can not define destination path right away, have to use annoying "clipboard")
    - File manager paging issue
    - File manager - can not apply recursive permissions (only on folders or only on files)
    These might be improved in near future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - No AutoSSL (no automaticaly enabling Let's encrypt on all new accounts/domains that are without cert.
    At this moment autoletsencrypt script should be used, but "Admin SSL" feature is coming soon (to have it integrated into UI).

    Quote Originally Posted by Fli View Post
    - Absence of the good migration tool from cP to DA
    Any cpmove-*.tar.gz backup can be restored directly in DirectAdmin, without any other steps done.

    Thank you for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smtalk View Post
    use 1.59.4 to have gzip enabled by default for the skin to make it run faster.
    Yes, i am using it, hopefuly the speed will be improved. Now it is too slow. I think devs would do better using old filemanager which actions are instant, no waiting and building on top of it

    Quote Originally Posted by smtalk View Post
    How would you create domain-specific email or FTP account, for example? If there is no domain selection.
    Domain switching is not convenient (hard to find in the corner and slow as it needs page reloading). See how cpanel does it. They do not have any switch menu that would require page reload and where other hosted domains are hidden. They usually have everything on one page, using filtering search fields and drop down menus without page reload.

    Quote Originally Posted by smtalk View Post
    This is available since 1.59, but optional.
    Thanks, indeed, but the devs missed the PHPMyAdmin icon in the main/root section, they added autologin only into sub section MySQL Management.

    Quote Originally Posted by smtalk View Post
    Any cpmove-*.tar.gz backup can be restored directly in DirectAdmin, without any other steps done.
    maybe, but i am not aware there would be any integrated tool that would work without bugs. My provider is using some script or tool, but it failed in several aspects:
    https://forum.directadmin.com/showthread.php?t=59025
    https://forum.directadmin.com/showthread.php?t=59049
    https://forum.directadmin.com/showthread.php?t=59048
    Also i would welcome if i can restore such a cP fullbackup as a reseller, not admin/root.

    Quote Originally Posted by smtalk View Post
    Thank you for the feedback.
    Thank you too

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