ServerPilot vs. my own setup questions

January 8, 2016 1.1k views
Apache LAMP Stack CentOS

Im a beginner at server side things, not doing/hosting anything serious, just learning...
I recently setup a digital ocean droplet myself with Centos, Lamp, firewalld, fail2ban, postfix..

I also set up a droplet with serverpilot, my learning aside, of course me doing it will be more beneficial for me, Is it more secure to have the Centos server with fail2ban etc, or server pilot.. It seems that all they do is a basic firewall and regular updates, which i can do myself.....

I also noticed they have root login enabled, which Ive read is a no no.....???

Any suggestions..?

1 Answer

If you are using DigitalOcean for learning, its always better to start with "own setup" as you meant.. You should, rather I would say, must practice every software manually. That is the best process, rather than using a hosting panel.

Hosting Panels are basically like cheating in exams.. You earn the degree but learn nothing apart from how to cheat :P

I my self use the Hosting Panel for my setup and I know, as long as the panel runs, I am fine.. If anything screw up, I have no idea on recovery. Still I use it. Why ?? I am new with Linux and shortage of time.. My primary need is to host website, run emails. Panels make life easy for non tech and new linux users like me, but teaches nothing apart from how to use them with mouse click.

With hosting panel, you would be in complete dark about the back end.

Better to learn things one by one, in depth.

  • I completely understand and agree Hunky, I just felt kinda weird calling you that LOL.

    But what about after I get my bearings straight, is ServerPilot "good enough" security.?

    • But what about after I get my bearings straight, is ServerPilot "good enough" security.? 

      Definitely, but one has to keep in mind that at times of serious attack, even the most secure services fall down.

      If you are considering paid version, there are better options such as cPanel / DirectAdmin

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