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I've always ended up using cPanel (not particularly out of choice, it's just the way things worked out) and I've had no problems with it. In fact, I'm rather fond of their file manager (though not so fond that I would use it over vim/ftp) and it's good enough for you to do all your editing over the web if you're making changes from a computer that isn't yours.
However, if it's your own server, I would recommend just going for one of them, and seeing if it works for you - if it doesn't, try another.
Hosting companies fob offoffer web-based system management panels because they sell it as added value and because it shields customers from the OS. That, IMHO, is a mistake on both sides. Regular users being raised on only Microsoft products tend to take smooth rides for granted. Underneath, the amount of design gone into presenting a polished interface asking questions in an easily understandable way, the assumptions made, the kind and type of help offered and the amount of error catching are what makes things appear smoothly at the UI level. (Don't get me wrong: I appreciate Windows for being quite good at that.) If you have experienced that Windows may be uncomfortable when you don't know what you're doing but Linux is unforgiving then there's a reason for that. Different in a lot of aspects understanding Linux requires (or should require) basic knowledge of its design, its subsystems* and the Open Standards that glue components together and govern how it does things. Not learning to use Linux means you would use a panel as set of strung together wizards that you get through only clicking the "OK" button, a knowledge shortcut, an excuse to forego gaining required knowledge. Learning to use Linux "the Linux way" exposes you to knowledge you need as admin which in turn means you'll know what options a panel presents correspond to beneath that UI layer.
Now I won't read anything into you not using Linux when posting here (could be any reason) and also not that you've posted in virtually no other peoples threads but your own. But given you're just about to dip your toes in sysadmin work* and given the above I'd like to argue for not using any.
Let me begin by saying that I'm positive that you know more about Linux and GNU and the such than i do. And i have Respect for you, someone i have never met in my life. Apparently, this mutual respect is lacking though. I LOVE Linux and will never ever go back to the "Windows World" again. I Love how they empower you, the transparency, the community, the general culture of helping people.
I understand everything that you are saying. However i believe that you are jumping to conclusions here. Look i even logged into my CentOS box i have at my house to Respond to this post. I was at work when i posted earlier, I had a virtualbox running CentOS and didn't think it mattered if i post on the host or the VM...
I understand that you want people to learn how to do things for themselves instead of just clicking a button. I get that and i agree. I don't know why i need to validate myself to you "calling me out for not posting a lot on here"
Why would i?
I'm a newb myself and don't want to give out misinformation. I don't want to steer someone down the wrong path. I'm trying to learn all i can to be a competent admin. I have a long way to go, but i have also came a long long way too. I was led to believe that if i installed a "Panel" that i would still be able to SSH into the machine and run command via the terminal. Now if I'm wrong on that please tell me.
Now if you look at the posts i did comment on you will see one thing in common, they all have to do with CentOS or Redhat. Which is where 100% of my Linux experience comes from. I put my 2 cents in where i thought applicable.
I'm trying to teach my self Linux admin work. I've been at it for around 6 months so far.
I just thought that a side business bringing in some extra money would be a great idea. Since i just graduated college and i have some extra free time; i figured that a GUI on top of a godaddy plan would be the easiest "no fuss no muss" way to go about this. Putting in the least amount of time to setting up everything, performing maintenance, adding new sited, etc...
I thought about hosting it at my house but after pricing the business class internet i didn't make sense to me to do that for 10 up. with no guarantee uptime. Not to mention the investment in UPS and various other things. (no way i can afford a t1 or t3 line) Now maybe if i switch to this being my full-time job i might change my mind, but for just starting out, no it makes no sense to me at all.
I know the rest of the community here is not like you, your post has rubbed me the wrong way completely.
Good day to you sir. [/RANT]