CloudPanel gives the ultimate server management experience, all from a web interface.
It supports management of database servers, Domains, Linux services, Cron jobs, IP and Bots blocking, FTP server, User management, Cloud platforms support, among many others.
Basically, it is targeting PHP developers looking to ease software lifecycle – from development to hosting in production.
In this context, we shall look into how to install and use CloudPanel on a dedicated Debian server.
Among many other features, CloudPanel supports management of database servers, Domains, IP and Bots blocking, FTP server, and so on.
The key features of CloudPanel include the following:
1. It is open-source and free to use.
2. Provides a powerful intuitive interface for management.
3. We have the provision of free SSL/TLS certificates, hence secure.
4. High performance with minimal resource usage.
5. Supports all major clouds – AWS, Digital Ocean, GCP, etc.
6. Available in more than ten languages, making it easy to install in any region.
In order to install, we suggest having:
a. 1 CPU Core
b. 2 GB of RAM
c. 15 GB disk space
d. Internet connectivity
e. Root user or user with Sudo permissions
1. Start by logging into Debian 10 server using a user account with administrative privileges:
$ ssh username@serverIP
For root user login, we run:
# ssh root@serverIP
Then we update the system packages:
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt -y upgrade
We have to install the required packages before installation:
$ sudo apt -y install vim curl sudo wget
Ensure to reboot the system before the installation:
$ sudo reboot
2. Install CloudPanel Control Panel on Debian 10
There is an installer script for installation:
$ curl -sSL https://installer.cloudpanel.io/ce/v1/install.sh -o cloudpanel_installer.sh
We give the script execute bits:
$ chmod +x cloudpanel_installer.sh
Then we set the proper hostname for the CloudPanel server:
$ sudo hostnamectl set-hostname cloudpanel.example.com
We edit /etc/hosts file and map the server IP address to the hostname configured:
$ sudo vim /etc/hosts
172.21.200.11 cloudpanel.example.com cloudpanel
In addition, we configure an A record in the DNS server for the server domain name.
Then we run the script with Sudo:
$ sudo ./cloudpanel_installer.sh
A successful installation output will look like this:
Updating database schema…
42 queries were executed
[OK] Database schema updated successfully!
> purging database
> loading App\DataFixtures\BlockedBotsFixtures
> loading App\DataFixtures\TimezoneFixtures
Vhost Templates have been imported.
Synchronizing state of memcached.service with SysV service script with /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install.
Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install disable memcached
insserv: warning: current start runlevel(s) (empty) of script `memcached’ overrides LSB defaults (2 3 4 5).
insserv: warning: current stop runlevel(s) (0 1 2 3 4 5 6) of script `memcached’ overrides LSB defaults (0 1 6).
vm.overcommit_memory = 1
Warning: Since password will be sent to server in plain text, use ssl connection to ensure password safety.
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.28-10) …
Processing triggers for systemd (241-7~deb10u5) …
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.62) …
The installation of CloudPanel is complete!
CloudPanel can be accessed now: https://[ServerIP]:8443/
Then we open the URL in the browser:
We need to accept the SSL warning as this is a self-signed certificate.
Eventually, we create an admin user.
Then log in using the username and password we create.
Our first view will be graphs with information about the server resource usage.
We suggest enabling 2FA for the admin account.
To do so, click on Our Account on the tab Security and click Enable Two-Factor Authentication.
Open an app like Google Authenticator or Duo and scan the QR code to confirm.