[CentOS] control panels, like or dislike?
bob at bobhoffman.com
Thu Mar 22 17:07:28 EDT 2012
When I first started using webservers I leased shared hosting. Then I
moved to vps. Then to dedicated.
In all that I was with various control panels.
In almost all cases bugs in those control panels would cause all sorts
(ensim, cpanel, plesk).
The load on the server seemed greatly increased (especially with ensim).
When I built my first server 4 years ago I decided to heck with control
I looked at what I was using the control panel for, mainly for adding
users, protecting directories or adding a new website.
Seriously, I found the original setup daunting as a step by step is not
really available for a new admin. But I did it. Without a control panel.
Now my new server went all virtual and still no control panel. I looked
at them but just adding one seemed to install a gazillion programs,
overtake my system, and seemed to prevent me from updating the servers
until the panel was updated.
And they seem buggy and insecure.
I understand for webhosting it might seem practical to add them, but
with the issues and bugs they present the techs on my vps/dedicated sure
spent a lot of time on the phone with me. That is costly.
Do you use control panels? Why? Like/dislike?
For some family and friends who I host a site for I found the setup of
an additional server quite easy. A simple one page explanation of
adding/deleting ftp, mail, or shell users, protecting directories, etc
seems to suffice.
I feel control panels are not needed and detract from being a
knowledgeable admin. I can see if you are very new to running a centos
server it would be helpful, but in the end run it seems to keep people
from learning how to manage things.
From a tech view, paid by the hour, I imagine those guys and gals love
control panel issues... more money for them to fix things.
Interested in where anyone else sits on this issue. I read a lot of
articles on them but cannot find a solution where I think they would be
better to use, at least not yet. I am open-minded about it though...
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