Last updated: December 29, 2018
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What is Ajenti Hosting?
Ajenti is a suite of modern UI-based tools for running web servers and web hosting accounts, comprising a web hosting control panel, a server administration control panel, and a web application development framework.
You are probably familiar with web hosting control panels. Apps like cPanel and Plesk provide access to a website’s hosting account and bring tools like one-click installs and email management into one UI, letting non-technical web masters (and technical ones with limited patience) take care of most basic and advanced web site management tasks.
But what about the server behind the server? How do you interact with a remote server?
Traditionally, this is done via a command-line interface (CLI), but this requires both a high degree of technical skills and quite a bit of patience.
So why can’t a server administrator just connect to the server through a typical desktop UI, like those presented in a normal Windows, Mac, or even Linux environment?
Well — that’s a bit more difficult than it seems. On your own computer the desktop UI has (essentially) direct access to the state of your computer. The part of your computer running the view and the part you are trying to get information about (items in a menu, files in a directory, etc) or interact with (config settings, running operations) are all on the same machine.
This is not the case when accessing a server remotely, especially if doing so through a browser.
Browser-based internet viewing continues to take documents and requests as its fundamental paradigm. Thus any action related to a server would have to be done via a request issued from the browser, which then receives a response which updates the view.
This makes browser-based server administration somewhat tedious, as well as not a conceptually accurate representation of what is actually going on at the level of the server.
(Desktop emulation apps can bridge this gap, but then server administration tasks can only be performed by the computer where the emulator has been installed. They also carry a host of other problems which are best left for another discussion.)