If you are an ISP you know the task of creating sites and tools for your users is vital to your success. Naturally you do not want to have to roll all of these servers out manually. For each user, you could be rolling out servers for Web, Mail, FTP, SSH, and more. Imagine, however, if that load grew exponentially. You don't want to have to be doing this incredibly tedious job over and over ad infinitum.
For this job you need a tool that can roll out client services with the help of drop-downs, menus, panels, and choices - not commands, configuration file editing, and patch work. One tool that can help is Froxlor, a Web-based server administrator. Froxlor was created by former SysCP developers to make the rollout of various services as simple as it can be. And Froxlor does just that.
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Who's it for?
Froxlor is an application that has many uses; primarily the tool is geared toward ISPs who need to roll out customer installations of Web and Email servers. But Froxlor doesn't have to be limited to ISPs. Any business could easily take advantage of this tool when they need to quickly roll out new domains or sub-domains for departments, remotes, branches, etc. And since Froxlor is open source (and simple to install) a task that normally would take hours, can take minutes and be done without cost.
What problem does it solve?
The creation of Web/Email domains has never been easier with a tool like Froxlor. Froxlor allow the administrator to quickly create a new customer and then create an entire domain for said customer in a matter of minutes.
- Simple installation
- Easy to use web-based interface
- Creation of email addresses, ftp services, and more
- Integrated Help Ticket system
- Resource usage calculation
- Choice of Apache2 or Lighttpd
- Multiple language translations
- Email and file template system
- Customer messaging system
- Customer login for domain management
There is one, huge glaring issue with Froxlor - documentation. For such a powerful tool I am shocked at how little time the developers have put into documentation. And since this tool is open source, users don't have a support number to call when there is an issue. Those same users will depend upon solid documentation to help them use this tool.
Another issue some admins will run into is that of permissions. If an admin is not accustomed to UNIX-based permissions, the installation can become quite frustrating. And since the documentation is non-existent, those admins will only wind up turning to the competition. Until the developers of Froxler bring on a team to work up some legitimate documentation they are going to lose plenty of opportunities to bring aboard new users.
Bottom line for business
For those who fall under the category of DIYers, tinkierers, and open source fanatics, Froxlor is the perfect tool to enable you to roll out domains for Web, Email, and FTP services to customers. For those who rely upon documentation and support, avert your eyes as Froxlor is most certainly not for you. Even with a piece-o-cake installation, there are tasks that will elude some administrators.
This is one of those tools I would love to recommend to anyone who has a need for rolling out Web/Email domains in large numbers. However, because of the lack of documentation and support, I can only recommend this to those who are true believers in the open source spirit and who would scoff at the idea of reading directions.
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