WebMin vs ISPConfig

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I had not used ISPconfig before today. I installed Webmin on my CentOS VPS but it required time and configurations. It sounds like I need to be a hosting expert to control this hosting panel, if I am understanding correctly. What are the pros and cons of WebMin vs ISPConfig? Which one is better and why?

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Webmin like ISPConfig are very advanced control panel, which require for both of them, a good knowledge in server configuration and setup.
For web hosting, you should try Virtualmin, which include webmin.
I prefer ISPConfig, but like any other free control panel, there are a lot of configuration to do, before being able to use them for web hosting.
VestaCP is easier to install and to use in my opinion.
 

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I would say ISPconfig is a much more polished piece of software. Just comparing the 2 now it really looks like ISPconfig would be the easier of the 2 to use if you are not that familiar with maintaining a linux server.

It looks to me line ISPconfig is for running a hosting company - you create user accounts, can manage multiple servers, etc. Webmin is more just a web interface for running a linux server, it lets you monitor processes etc for the server itself. There are various other products that do other parts of the admin work, eg. Usermin(manage users on the server), Virtualmin (manage virtual hosts) etc.
 
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I tried to check pricing for ISPconfig but I could not find a place for this on their site.
Are ISPconfig and Webmin free hosting panel? but why ISPconfig is better? I want to use ISPconfig for small websites, that would be a great choice?
In my opinion, I only need a free panel which consumes less RAM or server resource, easy to use, load fast and less configurations because I don't have more experience on that.
 

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cPanel is most popular and easiest to use. However, I know of a new one now called ISPSystem which is cheaper that you may like. I only know about it because owner contacted me on LinkedIn about it. I must admit, it does look good.
 
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I've never setup a VPS before and I am looking to setup my first and I am looking at different control panel options. These are two that I have seen mentioned a lot but I am concerned that they might be to advanced for someone new to set them up.

Should I just avoid these two panels until I know more about server setup or are there any good tutorials that I can find?
 

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If this is your first VPS, I suggest going with cPanel as it's the most popular and widely used. You can get yourself a cheap cPanel licence from BuycPanel.com and use coupon code "goog13xtra" to get the licence for $13.95/month rather than the usual $14.95/month. Or, it can work out cheaper to get an internal cPanel licence directly from the provider offering the unmanaged VPS, if the provider offers cPanel licences.

But if you must use free control panel, then I'm not sure as I never use free control panel, not on production. Free is fine for testing stuff.
 

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I thought you should recommend Plesk or Directadmin to someone if they have first VPS because these paid control panels are more cheaper than cPanel. WHM/cPanel requires more configurations manually on first step while those panels you can use and setup websites on them after installed.
 
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I recommended ISPConfig have used a good time, and gave a good results when set up, because is full of choices, not as heavy and with a simple script installation can do everything you need easier. I remember having created a script for installing ISPConfig, I'll look on my hard drive, when you find what you step, this will save a lot of time.
 
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Thanks for your advice, I will try to look into this control panel. I have not tried ISPConfig more like I used Webmin, this control panel as I said, it is hard to use thus I left it and finding better alternatives for free option. Some guys recommended me to use Web centos panel but I have no more experience on this hosting panel too.
 

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if you want a free and stable free web hosting panel try VestaCP

is very easy to install and manage.
 

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I agree with CaygriWEB because I installed both VestaCP and Webmin and obviously VestaCP is easier to manger and setup configurations.
For Webmin I had to install extra Virtualmin module and it is pretty hard to configure this.
 
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