Which cPanel alternative will you recommend?

Posted February 26, 2013 41.7k views
My main tasks are: - add new domain (setup and in Apache virtualhost - add new user, home directory, www directory for the new domain - create MySQL database and user for the domain - (optionally, mysql backup and restore via web interface)
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I would recommend zPanel. It's free and works with CentOS and Ubuntu.
We use virtualmin. Have been very happy with it.
ISPConfig 3 is a very good alternative too! It has more features than other open source alternatives (minus Webmin/Virtualmin), looks pretty good, and it's a charm to work with. Coming from zPanel, it's day and night :) Oh and did I mention multi-server support?
By default, where does ISPConfig and/or Virtualmin create new accounts or websites? In the /home or /var directory or where? Thanks.
ISPConfig 3 definitely, since its nginx compatible.
Direct Admin is pretty good too and supports Nginx too I think.

If you need to rent a license monthly, to save some cash, you can rent any control panel license, or billing system from

Can definitely vouch for ISPConfig. Used zpanel and is worked well but ISPConfig has multi server support and excellent documentation
Based on what you're looking for, FreedomCP could work great for you. It's free for the core functionality you need. [Disclaimer: I'm one of the founders.]
InterWorx is a great cPanel alternative. It's much more functional than cPanel.
Ever hear the saying "united we stand; divided we fall?" Please post any new replies on cPanel alternatives, here: The Definitive Thread on Open Source Control Panels/ cPanel Alternatives: Part I

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