cPanel vs DirectAdmin

cPanel has always been the most popular control panel, however after year on year massive price increases its time to look at alternative options. We have made a comparison for cPanel vs DirectAdmin

Migrating between cPanel & DirectAdmin is simple and all content is migrated including website files, databases, email accounts and content and all passwords.

This article is valid as of 27th October 2020 and below is a list of applications/services that are supported on DirectAdmin and cPanel.

Feature cPanel DirectAdmin
Can Create Resellers
Support for Apache
Support for LiteSpeed
MariaDB Version 10.3 10.5
Support for CentOS 8
Support for CloudLinux 8
Support for multiple PHP Versions
Can Create Reseller Name Servers
Support for Lets Encrypt with Auto-Renewal
Works with WHMCS
Supports ConfigServer Firewall
Support for Softaculous Installer
JetBackups
Acronis Cyber Cloud Backup
Support for MailChannels
PHPMyAdmin & WebMail access
Imunify360
Automated SSL installation with WHMCS
Works with new WHMCS Metrics Billing
Unified Control Panel
Minimal Impact on Server Resources
Nginx Support

The biggest difference between the 2 control panels is the monthly cost!  

cPanel charges an expensive license fee + charges per user.

Here is a breakdown for approximate costs for cPanel vs DirectAdmin based on number of accounts on a single cloud server.

Number of hosting accounts cPanel DirectAdmin
100 $50/£45 per month $8/£5 per month
200 $70/£65 per month $8/£5 per month
300 $90/£80 per month $8/£5 per month
400 $110/£80 per month $8/£5 per month
500 $130/£110 per month $8/£5 per month