Server Control Panel Overview

When ordering a VPS or dedicated server, the question often arises as to which control panel to choose. In this article we will give a brief description of the control panels we offer, their features, advantages and disadvantages.

HostPro provides configuration and installation services for ISPmanager 5, cPanel, Plesk, CWP. Each hosting control panel has its pros and cons, provides different functions and software for comfortable work of sites, your and your customers. It is not a secret at all that it is much more difficult for a beginner to choose a suitable hosting control panel than for an advanced administrator, for example.

The best way to determine whether this or that panel suits you or not will be to check it directly in the work on the server with a real project. 
Since the user is not always given the opportunity to test different types of control panels, we decided to compile for you a brief description of each of the panels we provide.

cPanel

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cPanel is undoubtedly the industry leader in control panel software. Many hosting companies and site owners prefer this application because of its simple but multifunctional interface.

cPanel will be familiar to those who previously used our Linux hosting rates . The panel provides tremendous opportunities for professionals in the field of web development and hosting, allows you to fine-tune the limitations of each user, provides many opportunities for working with mail accounts, filters, mailings.

cPanel managed to create a two-level hosting account management system – user and reseller. The WebHost Manager (WHM) panel is used for the reseller and administrator levels, and cPanel is used for the user level.

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Benefits:

  • A simple and intuitive user interface familiar to many who have shared hosting: all functions of the panel can be accessed from the main page, which is convenient for beginners in the field of hosting;
  • A large number of settings in the administrative WHM panel, allowing you to most conveniently configure the server “for yourself”;
  • The ability to create reseller accounts;
  • Setting up tariff plans for users;
  • Support for the protocol http / 2 and free certificates Let’s Encrypt;
  • Two-factor authentication at the entrance to the control panel;
  • Enhanced security of toolbar tools (for example, no access to phpMyadmin by direct link, only via cPanel);
  • The ability to use different modes of operation and versions of PHP;
  • A large number of additional plug-ins (both paid and free).

Disadvantages:

  • High license cost – $ 13.95 / month for VPS and $ 35 / month for physical servers;
  • High resource consumption by control panel scripts, which will not allow installing it on low-power VPS;
  • Difficult for inexperienced users interface of the administrative panel WHM;
  • PHP-fpm support at the testing stage;
  • Refusal to support outdated versions of PHP.

Supported operating systems:

  • RHEL 6, 7
  • Centos 6, 7
  • Cloud Linux 6, 7

A test license can be obtained for 15 days, provided that no licenses have been previously issued for this IP address.

ISPmanager Lite

The development of this product is engaged in a company that is directly related to hosting services and, accordingly, is closest to the needs of both hosters and clients.

Today, ISPmanager is updated and updated monthly, and the panel update process takes place automatically. Therefore, customers always have the opportunity to work with the latest version of the control panel.

A simple panel interface, detailed Russian documentation, has everything you need to work with sites and mail and there is nothing superfluous. It will be ideal for beginners and for installation on a VPS with little resources.

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isp5

Benefits:

  • Simple intuitive control panel interface;
  • Low license cost – $ 4 / month;
  • Low consumption of resources by the panel itself;
  • Ability to set the version of PHP and handler for each site;
  • Ability to install multiple versions of the database server at the same time;
  • PHP-fpm support;
  • Two-factor authentication of the entrance to the control panel;
  • Built-in installer of popular CMS and scripts.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no possibility to create accounts with reseller rights in Lite version;
  • The difficulty in changing the default PHP and MySQL versions;
  • Insufficiently flexible backup settings.

Supported operating systems:

  • Centos 6, 7
  • Debian 7, 8, 9
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS

A test license can be obtained for 14 days, provided that no licenses of ispsystem.ru have been previously issued to this IP address. To activate a test license, you need to register on the developer’s website by email.

Plesk

The most versatile control panel — many Linux distributions and Windows are supported. Like cPanel, is a powerful set of tools, the product is focused more on hosting companies and large web studios. For small VPS, Plesk functionality may seem redundant. It has several editions, including “light”, with the most necessary set of functions.

It features support for a large number of non-standard for traditional hosting software.

Benefits:

  • Contains built-in billing panel (not in all editions);
  • Allows you to create tariff plans and resellers (not in all editions);
  • Support for the http / 2 protocol (in the Linux version) and Let’s Encrypt free certificates;
  • Choosing a version of PHP for each site;
  • Support for specialized software for developers (Docker, NodeJS, Git, Ruby, etc.);
  • Built-in auto installer popular CMS;
  • A large number of additional modules to extend the functionality;
  • The presence of different editions for different needs;
  • One of the very few control panels that supports the Windows OS.

Disadvantages:

  • The high cost of some types of licenses (cost, depending on the edition, from $ 10 to $ 35 per month);
  • The need to install expensive additional plug-ins for some purposes;
  • Resource intensity panel scripts (not suitable for very low-power VPS);
  • The interface is not intuitive in places, it can cause difficulties for inexperienced users.

Supported operating systems:

  • Centos 6, 7
  • RHEL 6, 7
  • Cloud Linux 6, 7
  • Debian 8, 9
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

A test license key for 14 days can be obtained by filling out the form at

Centos Web Panel

As the name implies, it works only with CentOS OS. The panel, in comparison with the previous ones, is very young: it was first released in 2013. Therefore, the product was raw at first, and now there are some problems in work. At the same time, it is a powerful set of scripts that covers most of the tasks of hosting sites and mail. Most importantly, the CWP panel is fully functional in the free version and has a low cost in the Pro version – only $ 1 / month or $ 10 / year.

Benefits:

  • Free of charge;
  • A large number of programs supported by the panel (Java, MongoDB, FFMPEG, TeamSpeak);
  • Support for the protocol http / 2 and free certificates Let’s Encrypt;
  • PHP-fpm support;
  • Built-in scanners for vulnerabilities;
  • Low consumption of resources by the panel itself.

Disadvantages:

  • Encrypted source code;
  • Lack of multilingual interface;
  • The instability of the work of many components.

Supported operating systems:

  • Centos 6, 7
  • RHEL 6, 7
  • Cloud Linux 6, 7

So, we tried to systematize the information about the server management panels we provide, their advantages and disadvantages. We hope that this will help you make the right choice.

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