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cPanel and DirectAdmin Explained: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction #

When starting out with hosting, it’s common to encounter confusion about the differences between cPanel and DirectAdmin. This guide will help clarify what these products are and how they function.

cPanel #

cPanel is the industry-standard control panel, providing a clean, intuitive interface that allows you and your clients to manage their hosting accounts, email addresses, FTP access, and more. With cPanel, you and your clients can manage:

  • File Management
  • FTP Access
  • Backups and Restores
  • Database / MySQL Management
  • Domain Management
  • Email Address Management and Creation
  • Webmail Access
  • SPAM Protection
  • Website Statistics
  • Resource Usage
  • SSH Access
  • SSL Certificate Management
  • One-Click Installations (powered by Softaculous)
  • Website Builder (powered by SitePro)
  • Cron Job Management

cPanel is essentially the product that allows you to manage your hosting account with ease.

DirectAdmin #

DirectAdmin is an alternative to the cPanel software interface. It offers a similar feature set to cPanel and boasts an extremely user-friendly interface. DirectAdmin provides you with the ability to manage an interface specifically designed towards a user perspective, to control your account, domains, files, etc.