Difference between DirectAdmin and cPanel. Which one is better ?
What is the difference between DirectAdmin and cPanel ? Which one is better ? Some webhosting services offer DirectAdmin for free and ePanel for an additional fee.
You can do basic configuration, that is required to run a website in both DirectAdmin and cPanel. Depending on webhosting service, cPanel may be available for a small monthly fee. It may often cost you less than 1 USD per month.
DirectAdmin - is a graphical lightweight control panel for web hosting. It has a bit fewer options than cPanel, but it is often available for free. User can do basic configuration that is necessary to create FTP account, create database, create email account and run a website, just by clicking within its UI. To use some advanced functionality and configuration, you have to use a command line. DirectAdmin is expandable by plugins.
cPanel - is a feature-rich control panel for web hosting, that allows managing the website's administrative functions from administrator, retailer and end-user level. It provides almost all the functionality and configuration within UI, what makes it easy to use for a wide range of users. cPanel is more advanced than DirectAdmin, but it may be available for a fee. It can be also extended by available plugins.
DirectAdmin doesn't offer as many features as cPanel, but it is usually available for free. It is good enough to do the basics, that are needed to run a website or create an email account.
In DirectAdmin, you can do domain setup, manage FTP account, email account, database, SSL certificate, use file manager, create cron jobs, install Wordpress, phpBB, Laravel, OpenCart etc.