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  Post #1 (permalink)   07-09-2019, 03:06 PM
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cPanel's recent abuse of trust made me wonder if there is space for a new control panel and what it would need to be in order to gain market share.

Given the quick evolution of hosting toward cloud technology, do you think server management software will stick to traditional panels or will be integrated in a different way?

Is there a market report/white paper that you might have come across lately that give an insight into the state of control panels?

Obviously building a new panel isn't a quick affair, so I am looking at it from a long-term perspective, beyond the short-term pain cPanel has created on the market.

What are your thoughts on the opportunity?

  Post #2 (permalink)   07-09-2019, 08:31 PM
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Definitely room for another. Not sure if you want to pull/copy any of what I had written, but feel free to use your judgement on that.

I haven't seen much with regards to a market report on the state of control panels or server administration tools. I'll see what I can find in my poking around
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  Post #3 (permalink)   07-09-2019, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bigredseo View Post
Definitely room for another. Not sure if you want to pull/copy any of what I had written, but feel free to use your judgement on that.
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I think on an overall level, cPanel just shot themselves in the foot and their trust that people had has been shattered.

DirectAdmin and a handful of others are going to do very well in the next few months, but I don't think they can sustain it. They've been on the market for a long time, but haven't swayed the cPanel base. Some say it's unstable, others say it's not friendly, I personally haven't used it aside from some testing 7 years ago.

Much of cPanel is made up of freely available softwares (mail, phpmyadmin, plugins etc), so then we're really taking about UX.

I don't know if something can be ramped up quick enough to capitalize on the cPanel departure, but as a whole, there's room in the market.

Price is not nearly as important as security and stability, although it seems DirectAdmin pricing is much different than I remember.

Current is $29/mo for unlimited accounts or $10/mo on cloudlinix. They announced they killed their lifetime license (unlimited updates) on July 1st due to the cPanel changes, but they do offer a lifetime license for $200 for 1 year support, then $99/year for updates etc. Not sure how that will go.

There were other control panels on the market such as hypervisor etc, but they were mainly VPS systems.

I honestly think that this cPanel change is going to force hosts to go back to their old style in-house solutions (GoDaddy was famous for theirs). I think EIG stands a chance to build their own, put it on Al their hosts and no longer pay cPanel.

CPanel has a stake in WHMCS which would have had the best chance against cPanel. Not sure if they bout it out completely (merge etc).

So, for users to switch it requires the main thing of being able to make a backup on cPanel and restore to the new system without any interference. This would be the #1 priority.

Speed, sure, and security (a must), but nobody needs 40+ icons in their control panel.

Reseller ability (multiple accounts) and then some form of server update system. CPanel and WHM have become bloated over the years.

It would be an interesting venture for sure. But a lot of moving parts.

  Post #4 (permalink)   07-10-2019, 06:50 AM
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centos-webpanel has a good change to flourish

same features as cpanel

its is free with a Pro version at $1.49 monthly or $11.99 per year.
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  Post #5 (permalink)   07-11-2019, 07:45 AM
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Direct Admin seems to be the most sought alternative after cPanel.

There are other options too like
- CyberPanel
- VestaCP(security concerns though)
- ISPConfig
- hestiacp(variant of VestaCP)
- Centos webpanel
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  Post #6 (permalink)   07-12-2019, 08:45 AM
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VestaCP and Centos webpanel is being considered by some hosts I know. It's a terrible job for users to move everything on a new server with new panel. VestaCP looks good, I wonder if it is compatible with CloudLinux and Litespeed?
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