Which type of Cpanel Lisense should I buy for Droplet?

Hi, I am thinking to transfer my sites to Digital Ocean but which type of Cpanel Lisense will I need, VPS or Dedicated Server?



I understand that is the best option to manage the server through the CLI interface. But that’s the best option when you are the unique person that manage the server. Or maybe when your team are a TI trained person. But in many ways is very useful have a cpanel or something like that when you need to give access to a team member like a designer that need to create a ftp account or email easily, or when you provide hosting to a client. I have two years managing the server without panel but now i need something to delegate responsibilities.

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You can definitely use cPanel – you’d choose the VPS license. You do, however, need to be aware of the requirements for cPanel.

cPanel installs and runs Apache, PHP, MySQL, Exim, and multiple other services, so I would start with a 2GB Droplet (that’s my recommendation). That should give you enough room to host a few sites and get a feel for how well they’ll perform.

One thing to keep in mind is that installing a control panel is not an all-in-one solution that you install and call it a day with. You’ll still need to know how to manage a server, how to secure a server, and how to update & upgrade your server.

Preferably you wouldn’t use cPanel in the first place, but VPS license if you insist.

Hello, @hamzok7860

cPanel is a third party application managed through our Marketplace. New installations of cPanel come with a 15 day free trial. For further use beyond that point a valid license will need to be purchased directly through cPanel.

Please refer to below link for further details:

Hope this helps!

Regards, Alex

I’m a little appalled by the negative tone in some of the answers, above. I know quite a bit about Linux sysadmin, but even so, there are things that I don’t know and don’t want to spend hours with Google trying to figure out. I have better things to do with my time than manual Apache configuration, timely (and often manual) updates and backups, and other things that cPanel will do for you. The (new “solo”) $15/month license fee easily pays for itself in time saved not having to mess around with that stuff, and I see nothing at all wrong with going that route. It makes things easy, and is a reasonable time saver. You want a “solo” license unless you plan to start a mini ISP and give other people access to their own control panels.

What should be added here, is that if your domains will need to send email, you’ll find that the SMTP is blocked for the first 60 days of usage of every droplet, until they (D.O.) can be sure you are not doing spam. Specially if you need to bring in a lot of customers’ websites.

Good luck!

@hamzok7860 I’ve put together a really in-depth guide on how to setup cPanel/WHM on your Digital Ocean droplet. It’s actually not that difficult. A standard $20/month droplet is a good starting point btw. Here’s the post:

Great question @hamzok7860. People will attack you for asking good questions – anyways, I always find myself in between cPanel and managing the server myself.

I prefer the second option of managing myself, but I also host my work for my clients (it makes it a lot easier to answer technical questions and to assist if there is a need). Sometimes it gets really bad and you’ll wish some of the users had the ability to make changes themselves. If you have been using cPanel for some time and your clients are familiar with that option, then stick with it.

In terms of a license, the cPanel & WHM VPS license is the right one to go with.
Good luck!

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