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  Post #1 (permalink)   02-13-2010, 09:18 AM
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I am using cPanel because it is the only control panel provided by the web host I purchased a shared hosting package from. I didn't need to pay extra for the control panel. By the way, is cPanel an open source control panel, or does a web host have to purchase it for their users?
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   02-13-2010, 12:36 PM
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cPanel is not open source, every web hosting company buy it for their servers. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides functionality for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.
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  Post #3 (permalink)   02-16-2010, 11:28 AM
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The source of cPanel is Open in the fact that you can view and edit the code if you need to.

People often confuse "open source" to mean "free" - these are two different things all together.

Open Source means that you can view and edit the source yourself. It allows extra tweaking of features and areas should you want.

cPanel does require a license to operate (monthly, annual or lifetime).
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  Post #4 (permalink)   02-18-2010, 08:40 AM
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Thanks Conor for clarifying it. You are right, I always think that an open source template, CMS and other web related thing is the one you can get for free. Apart from cPanel, if there is a paid open source template, is there also a free non-open (or close) source template?
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   02-18-2010, 10:19 AM
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There's a GNU General Public License which allows some scripts to be put into the public domain for use by anyone for free. Some have clauses that they want their copyright information left in it so people know who the original author was.

When it comes to FREE, there's all sorts of Free There are the free scripts that are actually just code snipits, there's entire programs which you can view the source and they're 100% free to modify and tweak as you need, and then there are free scripts that are closed source.

Generally people these days release some free scripts with IonCode encrypted source. This allows the original owner to be the only one who can modify code. Many web developers will release things in this method as it means if the customer needs something changed, they have to come back to the original designer/programmer for a custom modification job.

FLASH is very similar in this way where designers give the final product, but they don't give the source file - but I digress.

So you have 5 main ways programs are built;

1) FREE - viewable source
2) FREE - closed source
3) PAID - partial source
4) PAID - full source
5) PAID - Closed source

You then have scripts and additional programs that plug into it which can be closed or open also.

WHMCS - a closed source program, but ability to edit templates.
Some of the modules are closed soruce, some are open source.

The risk for the closed source option is TRUST. You have to trust who made the program and that they didn't put any backdoors in the script or that they're sending information back to a 3rd party. This is one of the big arguments on forums where people want to buy a module, but the programmer closes the source, won't let anyone view it, and then after a year or two, they disapear and you're left with a program that you paid good money for, but now can't do anything with.

WHMCS has a nice little extra they do for people in that if someone makes an add-on, and they want to close the source (after all, they worked hard on making the program) - then the staff at WHMCS will go through the code, VET the code, and assure users that it's on the "Up and Up".

There's a TON of different control panels on the market these days, but when it comes to hosting, cPanel and Plesk are probably the two leaders in the pack due to the stability and amount of support available in forums etc. DirectAdmin and some others come in a very close second.

For us, our shared hosting has been cPanel for over 10 years as our customers like the ease of use and functions. On dedicated servers or VPS users get to choose whatever they want to install, but we would only support cPanel if they had questions. It goes to familiarity of the product. We know it inside and out and can answer questions in seconds or minutes because we use the software daily ourselves.
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  Post #6 (permalink)   04-21-2010, 05:47 AM
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cPanel is costly if you compare it with other standard control panel available on the market. However, cPanel is #1 in this industry and has more features than any other panel.

I'd rate directadmin the second
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  Post #7 (permalink)   04-21-2010, 09:56 AM
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I am using cPanel because it is the only control panel provided by the web host I purchased a shared hosting package from. I didn't need to pay extra for the control panel. By the way, is cPanel an open source control panel, or does a web host have to purchase it for their users?
Cpanel is open source, but not free to use. Yes web host have to purchase it for their users. Also there are many free control panel are available which hosting providers can use it for their clients. However Cpanel is popular, user friendly but costly.
 
 
 


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  Post #8 (permalink)   04-22-2010, 01:34 AM
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Hello,

A Control panel mentions in web hosting industry to the web interface offered by the hosting provider for the administration of the hosted websites, databases, emails and lot more. Today, approximately all web hosting companies provides control panels on their shared platform, even on VPS or dedicated servers.
 
 
 


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  Post #9 (permalink)   04-25-2010, 11:01 AM
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VBulletin allows you to edit the source code but its not free.
 
 
 


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  Post #10 (permalink)   05-04-2010, 06:42 AM
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nope cpanel is not open source..the host has to take a license..for it....nearly 150$ a year...if you are looking for a open source software thats fedora
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I am using cPanel because it is the only control panel provided by the web host I purchased a shared hosting package from. I didn't need to pay extra for the control panel. By the way, is cPanel an open source control panel, or does a web host have to purchase it for their users?
 
 
 


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  Post #11 (permalink)   05-04-2010, 03:42 PM
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nope cpanel is not open source..the host has to take a license..for it....nearly 150$ a year...if you are looking for a open source software thats fedora
Please re-read the 3rd post in this thread - Not an open source control panel?

Cpanel *IS* Open Source (you can view the code and edit the code).
Cpanel *IS NOT* FREE.

There is a difference between OPEN SOURCE and FREE. You can pay for something and get the full source to the software - this is considered OPEN SOURCE.
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  Post #12 (permalink)   05-06-2010, 05:31 PM
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Cpanel is closed but I think openpanel is open
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  Post #13 (permalink)   05-12-2010, 04:35 AM
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cPanel is costly if you compare it with other standard control panel available on the market. However, cPanel is #1 in this industry and has more features than any other panel.

I'd rate directadmin the second
Same, If you are looking into good control panel but less expensive DA would be a good choice.
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  Post #14 (permalink)   05-24-2010, 02:55 PM
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CPanel is too expansive. My Server using DA Control Panel.
 
 
 


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  Post #15 (permalink)   05-25-2010, 01:09 PM
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cPanel is only partially open source, because obviously the licensing stuff isn't or people would simply remove it. But yes, it's open source, not that I can see many people forking it rather than staying with the stable build.

However, I agree with spyworld, DA is far nicer and cheaper. Or just roll your own LAMP if you're not selling space.
 
 
 
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