Why FastPanel.direct?

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If you are looking for an alternative cPanel for your machine, just like me, you may be stumbled upon FastPanel.direct, and today, I would like to share the experience I had with their panel and support.

What is FastPanel.direct?

is simple and powerful server management panel. Create sites in a few clicks, manage mail, databases, backups, plan tasks and analyze traffic. Set and configure access rights as you like – each site can be assigned to a single user. To improve the security of your account, connect two-factor authentication.

Dynamic notifications allow you to be aware of the status of the server and sites. In addition, FASTPANEL® includes a Web SSH client, site preview and a favicon editor.

fastpanel.direct

If you wish to visit their site, go to https://fastpanel.direct/. This should take you to their homepage. Promising right? Here is a quick demo screen, found on their home page below:

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From Fastpanel.direct demo screen.

Features and Module?

Here are the Features and Modules FastPanel.direct wish to deliver on their clients.

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FastPanel.direct Features
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FastPanel.direct Modules

I was impressed with the entire UI. In fact, before I tried Virtualmin. I did try to install FastPanel.direct on my DigitalOcean account and see if this is worth it.

If you wish to test FastDirect.Panel in DigitalOcean, you may use my referral link below:

https://m.do.co/c/e3b40a8b20c9

You will get $50 in credit for over 30 days. This should be enough for you to play around with Digital Ocean.

System requirements

RAM: 1G
Free Space: 5GB
CPU: 1 core, 1 GHz

OS: CentOS 7 (64-bit) Debian 7, 8, 9 (64-bit)

Registration

Before you proceed, make sure to register an account first, this should Business License which is currently FREE. To do so, click on the Order button found in https://fastpanel.direct/

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Click on the Order button shown on FastPanel.Direct home page.

From here, you should be routed to https://cp.fastpanel.direct/orders

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*Within the limited advertising campaign you will receive your full-functional version of FASTPANEL® without restriction on the number of sites for a period of no less than 18 months absolutely free of charge. FASTPANEL reserves the right to change the license status to commercial at any time after this period, but with a notification of not less than 6 months.

Enter the IP address of your machine and proceed to checkout.

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Setup your Droplet (VPS)

I will use Debian 9 in a $5 droplet. If you have challenges on how to create a Digital Ocean droplet, see these screenshots below:

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From here, you will receive a separate email to your registered email address in DigitalOcean, this contains your root password, then use the root credential to access SSH.

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Installation

Make sure you have SSH access already. If yes, run these lines below:

apt-get update; apt-get install wget

Initiate FastPanel installation by:

wget http://repo.fastpanel.direct/install_fastpanel.sh -O - | bash -
[email protected]:~# wget http://repo.fastpanel.direct/install_fastpanel.sh -O - | bash -
--2019-07-12 04:48:08--  http://repo.fastpanel.direct/install_fastpanel.sh
Resolving repo.fastpanel.direct (repo.fastpanel.direct)... 5.101.120.164
Connecting to repo.fastpanel.direct (repo.fastpanel.direct)|5.101.120.164|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 652 [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘STDOUT’

-                         100%[=====================================>]     652  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2019-07-12 04:48:08 (57.8 MB/s) - written to stdout [652/652]

        _________   _______________  ___    _   __________ 
       / ____/   | / ___/_  __/ __ \/   |  / | / / ____/ / 
      / /_  / /| | \__ \ / / / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / __/ / /  
     / __/ / ___ |___/ // / / ____/ ___ |/ /|  / /___/ /___
    /_/   /_/  |_/____//_/ /_/   /_/  |_/_/ |_/_____/_____/

Greetings user!

Now I will install the best control panel for you!

OS:	Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)

Configuring nginx repository.
[Success]
Configuring additional repository.
[Success]
Installing all the Programs Required for the Control Panel Installation Process.
[Success]
Configuring FASTPANEL repository.
[Success]
Installing MariaDB 10.1 from debian stretch APT Repository.
[Success]
Installing FASTPANEL package.
[Success]
Installing web service: nginx, apache, php.
[Success]
Installing ftp service: proftpd.
[Success]
Installing mail service: exim, dovecot.
[Success]
Installing recommended software: roundcube, phpmyadmin, etc, etc...
[Success]

Congratulations! FASTPANEL successfully installed and available now for you at https://178.128.52.187:8888/ .
Login: xxxx
Password: xxxx
[email protected]:~# 

On your first login, the Panel will ask you for a license. In order to get one, simply enter your email address. The license data will be sent to your email address.

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FastPanel.direct Login Page
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FastPanel.direct License Agreement
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FastPanel.direct Privacy Policy
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Enter your email address for Password Recovery.
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FastPanel.direct Dashboard

If you wish to visit their documentation page for Installation, see https://fastpanel.direct/wiki/en/how-to-install-fastpanel-sup-r-sup

Applications

FastPanel comes with a minimum number of modules installed. Additional options can be enabled in the “Applications” menu.

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In my case, I installed them all. This way, I could see the full feature FastPanel can provide.

Which applications can be installed?

The list of available applications for setup is as follows:

  • Ai-Bolit – antivirus scanner by Revisium
  • Awstats – web analytics report generator
  • Bind9 – DNS server
  • Composer – Application level package manager for PHP
  • Fail2ban – server access long analyzer to block unwanted requests
  • Memcached – RAM data caching server
  • PHP 5.2
  • PHP 5.3
  • PHP 5.4
  • PHP 5.5
  • PHP 5.6
  • PHP 7.0
  • PHP 7.1
  • PHP 7.2
  • PHP 7.3
  • Quota – quota module
  • Rainloop – Webmail client
  • Redis – in-memory data structure project implementing a distributed, in-memory key-value database
  • Roundcube – Webmail client
  • SFTP – SFTP accounts management module
  • Shellinabox – terminal web-emulator
  • Spamassassin – SPAM filtering application
  • WP-CLI – Console-based WordPress management utility

How to install an alternative PHP version?

Alternative PHP version installation steps are similar to any other application installation steps

  1. Go to “Side menu” → “Settings” → “Applications”
  2. Click “Install” in the line of the required PHP version
  3. Select the required PHP version in the settings.

Source: https://fastpanel.direct/wiki/en/applications

Support

After 2 hours of research, FastPanel.direct is a product of https://fastvps.ru/offers/fastpanel. That’s not a problem if they EN Support.

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With working and slick UI panel, I am skeptical why it was promoted as FREE during their promo period. Of course, if a promo period ends? What would be the official price for this panel?

I need answers, given, their panel has the potential to host my client’s website.

In fact, the price shown in https://fastpanel.direct/ was 9.99 € (before they remove it), however, it does not say monthly or yearly plan.

With that said, I consult their team, and these are the conversation I had with them:

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Okay, 9.99 €/ per year, this is so cheap and why so cheap? I hope this is true.

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Okay at this point, I am convinced, it would be best to move my clients to FastPanel.direct. However, after a conversation with Andrey Obuhovsky. Price went monthly, see below:

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At this point, I lose interest in FastPanel.direct. I want to use their platform, but I need a price plan, for me to see if their platform is cost-effective for my business.

However, I still have hope they can make their mind. Anyhow, if you have tried FastPanel.direct, please comment on your experience and the price plan if any.

In addition to this, here are Reddit threads I found so far:
Anyone using fastpanel.direct ?
Any reviews/opinions of FastPanel.Direct?

I hope this will help you out in choosing FastPanel.direct will fit on your needs.

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