Are DirectAdmin and Cpanel the same thing? Someone told me that on some Frihost servers Cpanel is used for website admin while DirectAdmin is used on the others? I do not recall being given a choice. I was just assigned server space and thought Cpanel had gotten an update. So far it is not a problem, but I read on the forums some instructions intended for Cpanel users (and some intended for DirectAdmin users?) and one does not necessarily work for the other. Also, some users might be unaware of the difference.
Cpanel and DirectAdmin are two different Control Panels, currently only Server 1 has Cpanel. You can't request a server, it is random/depends on resources. Most of the general tutorials for Cpanel will apply to DirectAdmin, the only difference is DirectAdmin is slimmed down and very basic and easy to use.
They're two different control panels for web hosting. Both DirectAdmin and cPanel have the resources you need to host almost any kind of website. It ultimately comes down to user preference, as dxverm stated DirectAdmin is easy to use and more "slimmed down" but even then it still does a lot of what cPanel can do.
The server you were assigned to determines whether you will be using DirectAdmin or cPanel.
varieties of control panel available in market to manage hosting accounts. Cpanel / DirectAdmin both are reliable and famous control panels used by most of paid hosting providers.