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Why RouterHosting DirectAdmin VPS ?

As a graphic control panel, DirectAdmin is a perfect solution for managing your VPS. It is lightweight but versatile, and its efficient use of server resources mean there will be more to spare. A good VPS needs to be cost-effective since its resources are more limited than high-maintenance dedicated servers. That is why the extra resources freed up by using DirectAdmin can considerably improve VPS functionality and overall performance.

DirectAdmin VPS Features

When you get your VPS , you need a quick and painless way of managing your server and its various services. That is just what our DirectAdmin VPS plans are all about. We deliver your server with the Direct Admin set up and ready to use. Install packages and software easily with just one click. Direct Admin is more lightweight than other control panels so it takes up only a small amount of your resources. That’s a big plus for any VPS, considering how precious and effective extra resources are in VPS hosting.

What is cPanel?

Whether you’re taking control of a VPS for the first time or a pro at launching your own internet services, a good control panel is essential. DirectAdmin is a web-based panel offering a simple yet feature-rich graphic interface that lets you take full command of the server. With its sleek, streamlined design, you’ll immediately find all the important features. DirectAdmin also boasts unique account types and access levels, which have made it a popular choice for companies and service providers. Better yet, it gives you all these options and more while using up the absolute minimum of your server resources.
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DirectAdmin vs cPanel (and WHM)

Of course you’ve heard about cPanel; and of course, it’s the most popular choice for a server control-panel. If you think that means it’s the best, then think again because DirectAdmin is far from easy competition. There are very useful features that you can only get from our DirectAdmin VPS plans.

In the end, it’s up to you which one you choose, whether you’ll go with the crowd favorite cPanel, or the affordable yet high-functioning DirectAdmin panel. But if we’ve learnt anything by this comparison, it’s that DirectAdmin is at least much more suited to VPS hosting than cPanel. That’s why we offer DirectAdmin VPS plans for truly discerning clients that know exactly what they want out of their VPS.

Supported Web Servers

If you’ve had any experience with web servers, then you know about Apache and the ongoing performance vs. speed debates. Apache is the most popular web server and it’s a beast when it comes to robust performance and reliable architecture. It’s also beastly heavy and slow too and that’s why some users have started coming around to other web servers like Nginx. Nginx has been really popular lately and together with Apache, they’re responsible for 50% of traffic on the Internet. Nginx is fast and easier on server resources and that makes it great for VPS hosting. So, what if you want Apache’s strong performance but don’t want to spend massive resources on it? You’ve guessed it: of course you can have both! Well, only with our DirectAdmin VPS plans, that is. DirectAdmin is unique in making it possible to combine Nginx and Apache so that you get Nginx’s fast-paced parsing together with Apache’s perfect processing of dynamic web elements like PHP and CGI. You won’t get this anywhere else and it’s a real steal considering our affordable DirectAdmin VPS prices. So be sure to ask our support team about setting up Nginx + Apache in your DirectAdmin CustomBuild. Anyway, that’s one for DirectAdmin, which has been supporting Nginx for a long time now, with cPanel only jumping on board in 2019. Now let’s see how they do in terms of their User Interface (UI).

User Interface and Functionality

When you’re just starting out, the graphic control panel is all you need to configure and control their server. That’s why UI design is vital in choosing the right control panel. DirectAdmin has a much simpler, less crowded UI and that’s a major asset. cPanel, on the other hand, can be a bit overwhelming when you first log in and it can be hard to find what you’re looking for in all the clutter. If you’re an experienced admin and know your way around coding and command lines, then DirectAdmin is again the better choice. While cPanel handles almost every task via its GUI, DirectAdmin lets you take the reins directly via its command line. Depending on your outlook, this can be considered a win for DirectAdmin as well. Let’s move on and see how they compare in creating and managing accounts.


Let’s talk about pricing. cPanel has been the crowd favorite for a long time now but that’s starting to change. One reason is the exorbitant prices it’s been demanding lately. When you’re considering a VPS, then obviously you want it to be affordable as well as high-performance, and a DirectAdmin VPS is more than capable of meeting those criteria. cPanel VPS plans, however, tend to be much more expensive, so you should give their pricing a serious thought before deciding. DirectAdmin features a 60-day Standard license trial period so you can fully test it out before committing. cPanel, however, only offers a 15-day trial period involving a so-called “trial license” which doesn’t include all the features so you won’t know exactly what you’re getting when you commit to one of their paid licenses. This shows exactly how much DirectAdmin is confident in their ability to win customers’ trust and favor, which is always a good sign.

Managing Accounts

Now this is DirectAdmin’s home field. When you run a VPS, you need to define and hand out accounts to various employees and clients and that can be a lot of work, not to mention a security concern. Both cPanel and DirectAdmin have solutions for that, which involve different account types with different access levels. In DirectAdmin you can define Administrators, Resellers, and Users, each with their own access already defined, so you just need to choose one for each new account. cPanel has the same structure, basically. What makes DirectAdmin stand apart is that in DirectAdmin you can have as many Administrators as you want, but in cPanel, anyone you want to supervise Resellers has to log in with your original admin account. This is a serious security concern since they get to access your operating system root, which can cause serious problems. When it comes to accounts, DirectAdmin is more security-minded, so you can delegate your tasks easily and without a care. Another important factor is how resource-intensive the two panels actually are. A good choice for VPS hosting shouldn’t take up too much of your server resources, after all.

Resources Needed

A VPS has more limited resources than expensive dedicated servers and you want those resources to be used where they are really needed: to run your services. A good web control panel shouldn’t take up too much of your precious resources and that’s where DirectAdmin truly shines. Unlike cPanel, DirectAdmin is truly efficient and frugal with your server resources. DirectAdmin describes itself as “lightweight” and that’s true in terms of how little resources it occupies. Otherwise, DirectAdmin is a heavyweight contender that can match cPanel in every way with its high functionality and robust security. So in terms of speed and efficiency, DirectAdmin is a clear winner, especially if implemented on Virtual Private Servers. Our DirectAdmin VPS plans are designed to give you the lion’s share of your server’s resources, so you and your users can have a better hosting experience. Next up is the issue of pricing, always an important factor is deciding what kind of plans you should get.

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Direct Admin VPS Frequently Asked Questions

What is DirectAdmin?

DirectAdmin is a control panel that lets you control and configure your server from a web-based graphic user interface.

What are DirectAdmin’s Features?

DirectAdmin is lightweight but versatile, using minimal resources for an efficient, robust performance. It supports Linux and LinuxCloud as well as Windows. DirectAdmin also supports a great deal of softwares, like popular web servers, webmail apps, cron jobs, and different php versions.

I plan on using Linux as my server’s operating system. Do your DirectAdmin VPS plans support that?

You can and you should. DirectAdmin is highly compatible with many Linux distributions including FreeBSD, LinuxCloud, and various Debian distros.

Can I set up an email-only service for some of my users?

Of course. With DirectAdmin, you can actually define a fourth account type that can only access your mail server. You can also configure the way they can access it, so it’s fully customizable.

Can I change how my panel looks?

You bet! With a host of themes and skins, DirectAdmin can be fully transformed to look the way you want. Every aspect of our DirectAdmin VPS plans is fully customizable.

Will I have SSH access?

Yes. Our DirectAdmin VPS plans give you full root access to the OS via SSH, so you’re free to access and change things with complete freedom.

Do I have to pay extra for a DirectAdmin licence?

Not at all. A free DirectAdmin licence is included in our DirectAdmin VPS plans.

How do I install DirectAdmin on my VPS?

You won’t have to. When we deliver your VPS, DirectAdmin is already installed and ready to use. You just need to take it from there and create your awesome new server.

Can I import my cPanel accounts and information?

Easily. DirectAdmin allows you to import your cPanel backups without effort.

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