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DirectAdmin - Understanding the Basics / Introduction

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There are 3 major players in maintaining your server:

  1. Admin level - the main account responsible for the global server configuration and who can:
  • create other admins
  • create reseller packages and resellers
  • configure global settings like the hostname, and nameservers, change security options and global limits
  • customize HTTPd and PHP configurations, manage IPs, maintain Multi Server Setup
  • perform full backup/restore, monitor server processes, mail queue
  • configure services over plugins
  • manage tickets and system messages
  • perform software updates

IMPORTANT: The above is only available if you are using DirectAdmin on a VPS or Dedicated Server, and will not be available to Resellers. 

  1. Reseller level - the middle-range account responsible for end-user management, who can:
  • create end-user packages, create user accounts
  • manage IPs and nameservers to be used by end-users
  • create backups for themselves and their users, customize skins
  • manage tickets over the message system

  1. User level - the end-user account responsible for managing their sites and emails:
  • create and edit domains, subdomains, domain pointers, redirects and DNS records
  • manage FTP accounts
  • manage E-mails (accounts, autoresponders, antispam filters)
  • manage databases and db users
  • manage files

The tricky part is that one account can be present on all 3 levels, like the "admin" user. You switch the level using a dropdown box on top of evolution skin Admin <-> Reseller <-> User.

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