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Ensim, Plesk, Cpanel or just plain Linux?

Ensim, Plesk, Cpanel or just plain Linux



1:37 pm on Jun 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a colocated Linux server, but the ISP's connection is not reliable. I'm thinking to buy a rackshack.net dedicated server. I see that they have all the different types: Ensim, Ensim Pro, Plesk, Cpanel and plain Linux. Anyone has gone through the choosing research, and could give me some advice on this?

I have no problem to manage Linux servers, but have no experience on Ensim, Plesk or Cpanel. The server would be used to server about 10 domains initially. I will need to install some of my own perl packages and other sofeware. I guess root access is needed. Which one should I choose? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


1:49 pm on Jun 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I moved to rackshack a few months ago and chose their Ensim package primarily because the number of domains you can host on it is unlimited. Previously I had a server (with another host) which ran Plesk and I was limited to 40 domains which I had outgrown.

On the whole, I prefer Ensim over Plesk - there are more features accessible from the control panel and it has a more intuitive interface.

If you're installing your own software then you will need root access, but this is provided with rackshack servers.

Check out the forums at rackshack - there's a huge amount of info there on all the control panels and the contributors are almost as helpful as they are at webmasterworld!


2:16 pm on Jun 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply. I could not find it in their website, but do you know if they provide backup for your hard disk data? I don't want to loose all the data if the hard disk fails.


3:34 pm on Jun 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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dotbiz, I should probably have looked into that more myself before I ordered, but I don't *think* they offer a backup service as standard. I might be wrong though.

To be honest, I doubt I'd use it if they did. Ensim itself has a backup manager to save/restore all configuration data for your domains, resellers, etc. And I run a scheduled job to backup all my databases nightly and FTP them back to myself. I can sticky you with the details if you're interested.


3:40 pm on Jun 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If it's not too much trouble for you, it'll be great if you could sticky me the details. Thanks a lot for your help!

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