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Control Panels for your Server

When you think of web hosting, after considering the bare minimums provided by the host, i.e. RAM, storage, and processing power next thing that comes to mind is ease of use. Majority of users, are mostly not familiar with the Linux environment and command usage. This drives the thought that Linux is complex, with a steep learning curve and only for the gurus.

Typically, Linux controls the greatest percentage of webservers due to;

  • Availability
  • Majority of Linux distributions are free to download and run.
  • A huge and active support community online.
  • Ongoing development. Being opensource makes it more diverse to new developments.

As with shared hosting, control and management comes preloaded into the server and a Control Panel administered. Here the user is restricted to what they can do and access.

Choosing the right a control panel is huge earn for the user. So, choosing one that easy to use, offers more management options, offers a great user interface, and easy navigation are some of the very first features the user should look for.

Here we are going to list some of the most common and available options.


cPanel is an online based Linux control panel with a very easy graphic user interface designed to simplify the hosting process to both the end user and admin. Management is done through a web browser. cPanel itself is limited to managing a single website the administrator manages the server from WHM (Web Host Manager).

WHM is built to run as a VPS or a dedicated server and is supported on RHEL, Centos, and Cloud Linux.

It offers command line and API based access to allow third part user management for organizations and users to automate standard administration processes.


Webmin is a web-based system configuration tool for Unix-like systems, although recent versions can also be installed and run on Windows. With the built-in modules, it is possible to configure operating system internals, disk quotas, services or configuration files, as well as modify and control open source apps, such as the Apache HTTP Server, PHP or MySQL, backup configuration files, set up and configure Apache webservers, monitor bandwidth, configure fail2ban, establish your iptables firewall, administer users, set up cron jobs, secure your SSH connections, and much more

Also offers a great user interface with customizable theme thus an impressive visual look.


Plesk is a commercial hosting control panel similar to cPanel which allows you to manage your hosting account through a web-based interface. Mostly suited for every IT administrators who need to develop, secure and run web-based services. If you want to get a competitive edge in the cloud, then you need to use the services of Plesk as it let the server administrators to easily setup and manage websites, reseller accounts, email accounts, databases and all those things that are directly or indirectly linked to the administration.

Centos Web Panel (CWP)

If you’re running CentOS on your virtual private server (VPS) and don’t think WebMin is quite right for you, CentOS Web Panel is the go-to solution. It allows you to deploy and administer Apache webservers, firewalls, MySQL databases, SSL certificates, a Nginx reverse proxy, self-hosted email, and much more. You can also manage users, deploy backups, and keep tabs on your system’s health via the services monitor.

To install, you need an updated CentOS installation, a functioning LAMP stack, and at least 1GB of RAM. It’s important to reiterate that CentOS Web Panel is only officially supported on CentOS—if you’re running Debian/Ubuntu, you’ll have to look into one of the other options. Unfortunately, the CentOS Web Panel code is not fully open source, but it remains free for use.


Ajenti is a comprehensive control panel that bills itself as “an admin’s tool for a more civilized age, providing you with a fast and secure way to manage a remote Linux box at any time using everyday tools like a web terminal, text editor, file manager and others.” There’s a responsive remote terminal, the ability to establish firewalls, install packages, manage users, monitor resource usage, and more. It also comes with a number of plugins, with the ability to add more, or develop even further with Python. And, according to the their developers, the control panel “doesn’t tell you how to do your job,” leaving your system as intact as possible.

Ajenti is a great control panel for those who already have a few services running on their server since it does not overwrite or delete existing configurations.


InterWorx comes in two package versions: NodeWorx (to manage a server) and SiteWorx (to manage a site). It has a nice plugin system, which allows for quick installs of applications, much like the Softaculous web package manager. Also has a command line interface.


Is a control panel that has a clean and organized user interface, it allows you to create 3 different types of accounts:

  • Administrators
  • Resellers
  • Customers

If I were to pick something other than Cpanel or ServerPilot, it would probably be Froxlor. It is also open source so you can edit it and customize it to your needs.


Vesta Control Panel is an open source web hosting control panel with premium features, minimalistic, safe and light. VestaCP offers a fine-looking, quite simple and very effective control panel for your Centos, Debain and Ubuntu Servers. It is capable of handling high traffic websites just as efficiently as cPanel, while it also installs Nginx out of the box so you can set up different modes of your webpage, including caching and hosting. VestaCP updates automatically and offers DNS Manager, Antivirus, AntiSpam and WHMCS Billing Support, as well.

Zesle Control Panel

ZesleCP is a great cPanel alternative, Plesk alternative and,VestaCP alternative, and at the same time,it’s created with huge attention to detail. It offers fast, easy, and a more secure control panel so you can focus on your business. It hosting control panel is designed to make the entire experience of managing web server quick and easy.


These are not the only control panels available. The internet is so rich of them what one needs is to realise what they need from a control panel.


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