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Hosting Control Panels

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  • What Is a Web Hosting Control Panel
  • Two leading hosting control panels 
  • Your Web Hosting Experience
  • The Right Control Panel for You

What Is a Web Hosting Control Panel

In short, a web hosting control panel gives you a web-based interface to manage your hosting setup. The interface is a graphical one, meaning that it’s easy to grasp, and you don’t need to understand the workings under the hood in order to use it effectively.

The common things you can do via a hosting control panel are:

  • manage domain names
  • manage files on the server
  • manage email accounts
  • manage databases
  • see server stats
  • take care of server security
  • install server software

The main benefit of control panels like cPanel and Plesk isn’t only the fact that they allow you to take care of all of the above, but that they do so in an easy-to-comprehend manner. This means that the end-user can do most of the standard server management tasks on their own.

Two leading hosting control panels. cPanel vs Plesk

When it comes to web hosting control panels, it’s clear that your choice is cPanel vs Plesk. Both dominate the market of server management tools, with good reputations and customer trust. It’s a clash of the server titans.

Hosting Control Panels
cPanel / WHM
Hosting Control Panels
Plesk

CentOS, CloudLinux and RedHat Enterprise Linux are the only OS incarnations supported by cPanel. In contrast, Plesk works with 14 Linux distros that include Debian, CentOS, and Ubuntu. This in addition to being compatible with Windows servers.

The cPanel experience can be bolstered with extra add-ons. But Plesk hits the ground running with straight-out-of-the-box access to more helpful add-ons and extensions.

cPanel

cPanel is for hosting companies selling shared hosting as their primary business.

cPanel prioritizes

  • reselling,
  • billing integration, and
  • email hosting.

Plesk

Plesk is for hosting companies selling shared hosting as their primary business. It is also sometimes used by developers who are hosting client websites on VPSes when Plesk comes with their VPS.

Plesk prioritizes

  • Linux and Windows support,
  • reselling,
  • billing integration, and
  • email hosting.

Cost Comparison

The topic of the costs involved in working with cPanel vs Plesk is two-fold in nature:

  • you can buy either cPanel or Plesk individually and install them on your own web server – a physical machine that you have access to,
  • you can sign up with a web hosting company that uses cPanel or Plesk as their hosting control panel.

Overall, the cost riddle comes down to what you need either cPanel or Plesk. If cost is of the essence, our recommendation is this:

  • if you’re going to be hosting your sites with an external web hosting company, cPanel is generally cheaper
  • if you’re going to be hosting your sites on your own web server machine, Plesk is generally cheaper

While shared hosts build the control panel cost into their prices, resellers looking to offer hosting services and dedicated server owners need to purchase licenses for either Plesk or cPanel. And as your business grows, so will your need for servers, which makes control panels an important factor.

An apples-to-apples price comparison of Plesk and cPanel is difficult because the final cost depends on the add-ons purchased.

Your Web Hosting Experience

Keeping a cPanel/Plesk server in working condition isn’t always easy. In most cases, your web hosting experience with Control Panels will be a headache. Soon you discover high server loads that slow down your website.

To run cPanel/Plesk, you’ll need access to a Server that meets the system requirements and is running supported operating systems. If you plan to host a large number of domains and accounts, it is strongly recommended your system exceeds the minimum requirements.

Adding more resources for email, website files and optimal performance may vary depending on your needs and having more resources will increase the speed and overall performance of your VPS.

For websites that need more resources for high amounts of traffic, heavy resource usage for their applications, hosting videos and music, this will require more resources and a higher tier VPS is recommended.

What size of VPS do I need?

Which VPS is suitable depends on several things, such as the number of websites and e-mail addresses you want to host, the layout of the website (s), the number of visitors, etc.

It is therefore very difficult / hard to tell exactly what you need. If in doubt, you can start with a smaller VPS and upgrade to a bigger VPS later. It is not possible to downgrade a VPS due to the allocation of disk space on a VPS.

cPanel Hardware requirements

ComponentOSMinimumRecommended
ProcessorAll supported operating systems.226 MHz226 MHz
MemoryCentOS 71 GB of RAM2 GB of RAM or more, for heavily-populated servers.
All other supported operating systems.768 MB of RAM1 GB of RAM
Disk SpaceAll supported operating systems.20 GB of disk space40 GB of disk space

Plesk Hardware requirements

ComponentOSMinimumRecommended
ProcessorAll supported operating systems.226 MHz226 MHz
MemoryLinux512 MB + 1 GB swap2 GB of RAM or more, for heavily-populated servers.
Windows2 GB4 GB of RAM
Disk SpaceLinux10 GB of disk space20 GB of disk space
Windows30 GB of disk space50 GB of disk space

All installation and upgrade processes require at least 3 GB of additional disk space for staging purposes.

Disadvantages:

  1. Difficulty in big tasks: It is very difficult to accomplish a big task like 6000 unique files from a directory as you will have to select the files and movie it slowly. However, this can be accomplished by running a single command on the server.
  2. Fixing permission issues: It becomes difficult to check and manage permissions of files which has changed suddenly through control panel as it is messy and confusing. But this can be fixed easily through commands in server and would save hours of your time. It is very easy to modify and check password protections through shell access.
  3. Server Security: As control panels seem very easy through graphical interface, it has a loop hole of less security. The control panel is based on the server and relies on the software and hardware which you deal with. Infamous cPanel makes easy target for hackers and can face DDOS attacks easily. The shell terminal however has password security and secured ports which can be changed time to time increasing the security of the server.

One last issue to consider: Switching a server between the two panels is not recommended. Plesk offers uninstall scripts; cPanel, however, does not. It requires reformatting the server and reinstalling the operating system if you wish to remove it. Additionally, Plesk data cannot be exported and imported into cPanel, or vice versa. This makes it difficult to migrate data from one panel to another, or from one host to another.

EnterCloud is The Right Control Panel for You

Control Panel is most useful when services are being sold or are been provided to some one with limited knowledge. If you know your stuff, there is no need for using a control panel and instead you can set things up your self, save the resources being used by the control panels.

But for the performances, it’s not as fast as a light webserver.

A control panel can make website management easier, but can also sometimes make things a bit confusing in the command-line, etc if it changes default configuration. If you know what you are doing, don’t use a control panel. Also consider that more server resources will be used to run a control panel vs just using command line.

The selection of control panel depends on your technical knowledge and how much of ease you are looking forward for to manage your hosting account.

EnterCloud Solved Cloud Server Management so you can Focus on your Business. This means that anything your server requires, whether that be maintenance, repair, or even upgrades, your hosting provider will take care of it.

There is no control panel running on your EnterCloud server. This keeps your server extremely secure and doesn’t waste any of your server’s CPU or memory. We specialize in managed services, that is why we offer VPS cloud servers based on our administration control panel.

If performance and security is critical to your business and you only need to run fast PHP applications, you should use EnterCloud.

EnterCloud doesn’t support email hosting. However, you might want to consider other options for hosting mail.

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