Hello,

I have no experience using command lines.
Do you have a solution “control panel” with a Graphic User Interface so I can visually install, run my droplet without command lines?

  • GM

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@gmcoffi

There’s a number of control panels you can use, both free and commercial, such as cPanel, VestaCP, Plesk, and various others – none of them, however, remove the need for the CLI.

You still need basic server management skills to manage a server as a VPS is much like a dedicated server in that you’re in full control and things like server security, server optimization, etc – these would be things that you would need to take care of since DigitalOcean is un-managed.

https://cpanel.com/

https://www.plesk.com/

https://vestacp.com/ (open source / free)

If you prefer a free control panel, VestaCP would be the one I’d recommend. It’s pretty lightweight and it works well.

Between Plesk and cPanel, on the commercial end, I’d recommend cPanel based on my experience with the two.

webmin
Web-based interface for system administration for Unix (PKGNAME: webmin / ver. 1.840)
Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any browser that supports tables and forms, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing, the server aplications and so on. You can install and update packages to your system over the webinterface and manage your files.

Is the best tool for me, ideal for remote and headless servers.

Webmin consists of a simple web server, and a number of CGI programs which directly update system files like /etc/inetd.conf and /etc/master.passwd.

WWW: http://www.webmin.com/

To install the port on FreeBSD: cd /usr/ports/sysutils/webmin/ && make install clean
To add the package on FreeBSD: pkg install webmin

Thank you!
I appreciate your answer - Free is always good.

  • GM

Hello, soozmarketplace

You can install any control panel on your existing droplet but this might cause issues for the website that are already configured on the current droplet.

I will also vote for a new droplet with a clean installation of any control panel of your choice. In this way you will prevent any issues for your live sites.

There a lot of web panels available (most of them are free to use) that you can choose in order to manage your server. What I can recommend is to try them as in this way you can see if it really suits your needs.

I will list the top control panels that I recommend:

CentOS Web Panel
Vesta CP
Webmin
Ajenti
ISPConfig

and of course I need to mention Plesk although it’s not free it’s been available for a while and it’s always been the main cPanel competitor. It has a lot of build-in features and a lot of plugins that you can install and you can always reach to their support team if needed which is something that might come handy in time.

You’ve now got some great options if you want to use a control panel with your server but you don’t want to pay for a license. I’ve tried to lay out most of the available options, but which one is best will ultimately depend on your individual needs.

Regards,
Alex