Has anyone tried GoPanel app (Mac based web server management tool ) to manage DO Droplet?

Has anyone tried ? It’s a GUI based tool to manage web servers and installing stuffs quickly. I have tried the Lite version and think it indeed does the job and seems a good companion for DO. I’d like to purhcase the full version, but I’d like to hear any review, experience, pros and cons for using this app first. Can it completely replace command lines? And how does it compare with other server based management software. And also, I’d like to know about the potential security risk when using the app. Thanks


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hi, goPanel is made to work from your mac with unlimited droplets / vps/dedicated servers we do most of our tests on DO droplets and they all work fine. What you must make sure is that your droplet is clean/fresh no LAMP/ ftp servers installed as they need to be installed from app. (we made a migration on apache) but not for ftp or nginx).

The idea was to manage remotely from an app “all” your servers at one time cost and its all done without hosting any scripts on the server (we just write a conf file to know if gopanel was setup thats it). Its just 6mo old project, i think its taking nice shape but long way to go to suit all needs

All service installs are made from linux distro repository (eg: apache/php /ftp), so you won’t be able tp choose php 7 is just what the distro provides (its safer if maintained by your distro repo)

Connecting to it should work fine as long as its a supported linux distro, your have sudo/root rights also a small issue on DO without key auth: *if you only have the initial/temporary password on DigitalOcean, make sure you change it from terminal before connecting to server using goPanel.

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thats about it as short as i could describe it regards Mihai

Hi @tmb13 , can you share with me on how you setup goPanel with Digital Ocean VPS? I tried it but the app doesn’t connect with the server.

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I have not personally used goPanel but have heard some good things. No control panel will completely replace the command line on Linux. There are thousands of CLI programs for Linux available and a control panel can only focus on the most common utilities. That being said, you could certainly manage common services to run a website via goPanel.

Looking over their FAQ I was concerned by one thing. Their list of supported Linux distributions includes some Ubuntu versions that have already reached their end of life and security updates may no longer be available for those. This should not be a concern if you are using an LTS (14.04 or 16.04) version of Ubuntu but does indicate that they are providing instructions which could result in a less secure server.