ispCP or alternative?

Mark Price mprice at
Wed Dec 9 15:50:28 UTC 2009

Hi Michael,

We use and support DirectAdmin on FreeBSD, I'd recommend you take a look at it:

Out of the box there are 3 levels of access - admin-level (superuser),
reseller-level (creates web hosting accounts), and user-level (web
hosting account owner).  In practice if you are providing shared web
hosting service, your support staff would do most of their work at

The end-user access you mentioned (i.e. someone who just has an email
account on a domain) isn't built into the base product but there is a
free plugin that should do what you want, details here

As with all control panels, there is a learning curve but I've found
DirectAdmin to be the best all around fit.  It is stable and mature
unlike most of the open source ones, and doesn't cost a fortune or do
completely unexpected things like cPanel.



On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM, Michael W. Lucas
<mwlucas at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm in need of a general "control panel" solution for an ISP.  I'm
> considering ispCP, but there appear to be several minor annoyances
> with getting it to run on FreeBSD.  Other options include dtc
> (/usr/ports/sysutils/dtc), CPanel, etc.  It appears that there's many
> pieces of software that work only on very specific FreeBSD revs, some
> that don't seem to have been used for several years, etc.
> Ideally, I'd have a piece of software with three levels of access:
> admin level where our support staff could provision new domains, a
> customer admin who could add and remove customer email accounts and
> Web server access, and end-user access to their own email, forwarding,
> etc.
> What are you folks using successfully?  Or, what have you tried to use
> and wish you hadn't?
> Thanks,
> ==ml
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