Every once in a while, an actor in a mature industry makes a move that shakes things up a bit. cPanel’s earlier announcement of a license change was one such move that prompted quite a lot of hand wringing throughout the web hosting industry. While NameHero will continue to provide cPanel for its users, resellers might be facing the heat.
As it is, resellers already generate relatively tiny profits, and this cPanel change will hit them hard. Now they need to pay more depending on the number of clients they have. To keep things competitive, NameHero is adding InterWorx as an alternative to cPanel. Unlike the new cPanel, they have unlimited domains in a single license as shown here:
So the recent cPanel changes are pushing users towards control panels like InterWorx, that have the older pricing model, which makes them particularly attractive to resellers.
SiteWorx and NodeWorx – Like cPanel and WHM
As any server admin knows, cPanel is merely the popular name for the forward-facing software that users need for managing their hosting account. It’s not the place from where you perform server management tasks like configuring firewalls, managing shell access, updating and removing packages etc.
All that is done by a separate component called WHM. WHM/cPanel is the combination of the two. InterWorx also maintains the same separation of software by calling it SiteWorx and NodeWorx. You can see the two versions of this in the InterWorx control panel screenshot below:
As of now, NameHero is offering InterWorx control panel on VPS accounts only, and not shared hosting services. This is because we still have some configuration issues to work out. But in a year’s time or so, NameHero will also be offering SiteWorx to all shared hosting customers.
When deciding on long-term software choice, you need to not only look at the current product, but also at the following two things:
- What is the development process?
- Who is the development team?
These questions are important to determine long-term viability. It doesn’t matter how attractive a software package looks now, if you don’t have the confidence that it will regularly receive the attention it needs. And you need to know the development team so that you can get an idea of the philosophy behind the software, and how aggressively they will pursue new features and implement long-term roadmaps.
On these factors, InterWorx rates highly. NameHero has a particularly close working relationship with the InterWorx team, and this gives us confidence in their viability over a long period of time.
InterWorx doesn’t (yet) have hostname SSL setup, so we’ll be accessing it via an IP address for now. In addition, this means that you don’t have to wait for the DNS to propagate. You can find a link in your NameHero control panel for the login as shown here:
Right now, we’ll be using a self-signed SSL certificate which most browsers will be suspicious of. But don’t worry! It’s perfectly safe – so don’t panic when you click through and see something like this:
Instead, just click “Advance” and proceed using the link it reveals below. This will lead you to the InterWorx login page like this:
Enter your login details, and you’ll be ushered into the InterWorx control panel.
That’s it! You can now perform all the server management tasks using NodeWorx and SiteWorx (coming later for shared hosting). Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a series of tutorials on performing common management tasks using InterWorx. Hopefully, these will help ease the transition from WHM and let you get started with InterWorx as a replacement!
I’m a NameHero team member, and an expert on WordPress and web hosting. I’ve been in this industry since 2008. I’ve also developed apps on Android and have written extensive tutorials on managing Linux servers. You can contact me on my website WP-Tweaks.com!