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Posted by nailer, 01-20-2010, 11:51 PM
I'm currently deciding between 2 reseller and one of the difference is the control panel. Being new to this could some share the pros and cons of each panel.

Posted by CyberHostPro, 01-21-2010, 12:31 PM
Hi Helm4 Pro's Modular system - can be developed in to Good looking control panel and easy to navigate Cons: Parallels (Plesk) Bought Helm 2 years ago and pretty much killed it off, there has been no development done on it in a year and the last update was stupidly small. Dotnetpanel DNP is good, I personally use Both Helm and DNP. DNP is in active development and often bring out new updates (every other month) with new features and fix's when needed. Purely based on this I would recommend DotNetPanel, I use to work for WHA (Developers of helm) and I love the Helm4 product, its just no longer developed and going nowhere.

Posted by stpwebhosting, 01-21-2010, 12:38 PM
We also use both. DNP as well as HELM. You will require support even to raise a support ticket in parallels. HELM was good until they bought from Parallels but now DNP has covered lots of market. I would recommend to use DNP for future reference.

Posted by kjawaid, 01-24-2010, 06:56 AM
I used both DNP and helm and IMHO DNP is much better but as per my knowledge major disadvantage is that DNP don't allow overselling

Posted by PremiumHost, 01-25-2010, 02:36 AM
You should try demo of each control panel. We used to provide hosting with Helm 3, attempt to upgrade to Helm 4 but too much trouble, try Dotnetpanel and loving it.

Posted by keserhosting, 01-25-2010, 10:09 AM
I believe that DotnetPanel works great for windows servers.

Posted by paul7100, 01-25-2010, 10:18 AM
I would avoid Helm. Ever since it was bought by Parallels it has gone downhill, it doesnt have the momentum anymore.

Posted by Ultima VPS, 01-25-2010, 01:40 PM
Helm 4 was a disaster from day one. Dotnetpanel is the best choice for now and the future.

Posted by Ultima VPS, 01-25-2010, 01:44 PM
Maybe if your a mouse

Posted by paul7100, 01-26-2010, 08:11 AM
I wonder if Helm4 will ever get more development effort put in?

Posted by borgdrone7, 01-26-2010, 08:22 AM
DNP is good, but nothing compares to CPanel/WHM on linux

Posted by Ultima VPS, 01-26-2010, 08:22 AM
Basically it was bought out to shelve it. Parallels have done this with a number of panels.

Posted by Asher S, 01-26-2010, 11:45 AM
Helm 4 is a decent control panel but Parallels aren't releasing updates very often. The recent 4.1.1 fixes a lot of issues and makes the panel very stable. We were deciding between DNP and Helm4 when planning our new plans (coming from Helm3), we opted for Helm4 as it is very modular, the interface is great and has more features than DNP. However DNP is also good and offers simplicity which Helm4 does not, which is why we're considering offering it alongside Helm4 and Enkompass.

Posted by Asher S, 01-26-2010, 11:46 AM
I believe Parallels will eventually release an "upgrade" which will allow an effortless conversion from H4 to Plesk and then H4 will get phased out.

Posted by wintechs, 01-28-2010, 12:17 PM
It seems the parallels abandoned the Helm. It was a superb panel for windows servers with a decent interface and with a number of good functionalities. Now the parallels is not delivering any new versions or updates. DNP is also good.But limited functionalities make it not so attractive.

Posted by henryjs, 01-28-2010, 01:27 PM
DNP is very polished and easy to use for both the reseller and the end-client. In my personal opinion, helm is very crude looking, and a bit harder to navigate. Not to mention it does look like parrallels wants to focus on plesk and is leaving helm behind. I'm not sure what wintechs believes is limited in dnp's functionality, but it offers everything you'll need as a basic reseller (customer management, e-commerce, webspace, ftp, email, add-on apps, etc). Plus, if you're a .Net programmer, depending on your host, you may get access to the API and build your own custom apps to interface with dnp. As one poster mentioned, a downside to consider is that dnp does not allow for overselling. Depending on your certain situation, this may or may not be an issue for you.

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