Originally Posted by bigredseo
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 wasn't sure if I could, but since the message you sent was exceptionally composed, and I have your blessing, I am posting it below in full:
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.