The best hosting control panel

Started by Connon Bootman, Jul 30, 2022, 01:26 AM

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Hello. I have been working with the cPanel control panel for a long time. I recently tried ISPmanager. Comparing these two panels, I came to the conclusion that cPanel loses to ISP in terms of speed at times, although it is easier to navigate. The other day I also heard about Plesk and DirectAdmin.
Tell me, those who used all the panels, which one do you think is the best in terms of speed and functionality.


From my proper practice, I will affirm that the most uneasy Plesk panel, ISPmanager is seldom used on shared hosting, it is more relevant for VDS/VPS servers. Cpanel is very actively used on West. My prefferenceof choice of hosting control panel is as follows: ISPmanager; DirectAdmin; cPanel (old version); Plesk.
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Good day!! If I rank the hosting control panels, the sequence would be: ISPmanager; cPanel; Plesk Panel ; Direct admin. I  prefect the control panel for a work of the hosting is ISPmanager.



The Best free VDS Control Panels
Despite the price availability of paid PU, such as ISPmanager, cPanel and Plesk, the popularity of free web hosting control panels continues to be high. Although free PU noticeably lose in functionality, they are often chosen by those who are just starting to study system administration or want to choose a tool for their specific requirements.

Let's consider the most common panels with a brief disclosure of their technical capabilities.

This is a free hosting control panel on a VPS with the possibility of paid support. The built-in application installer "in 1 click" Softaculous allows you to deploy over 400 applications, including popular CMS.

Free hosting control panels - vesta

The PU core is based on BASH, a native command shell for the administration of Linux servers, which allows you to increase the efficiency of work on Ubuntu, Debian and others. The Vesta control panel comes with an iPTables or fail2ban firewall.

Supported OS: Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, Centos/RedHat.

VestaCP Features
The pre-installed LNAMP stack module (Nginx + Apache) allows you to process static and dynamic content in the cache faster.
Multilingual support — 26 languages.
Full control over virtual servers, including statistics, logs, analytics, etc.
Support for the CLI interface.
Mail server solutions: SpamAssasin (anti-spam), ClamAV (anti-virus kernel), Dovecot (IMAP/POP3 server), Exim + RoundCube.
Databases: MySQL+ phpMyAdmin and PostgreSQL+ phpPgAdmin;
Web File Manager: for viewing, copying, editing all application files.
FTP manager: VsFTPD, ProFTPD.
Auto-installation of the free SSL certificate Lets Encrypt, which is updated independently.
It supports NGINX, Apache, PHP-FPM as a web server.
HestiaCP is based on Vesta and distributed under the GPL v3 license. The developers took the functionality of the predecessor as a basis and added their own options.

Free hosting control panels - hestia

The control panel is actively supported by the creators and the users themselves. Basic documentation has been written for Hestia, which is constantly updated by the community.

Supported OS: Ubuntu 18.04/20.04, Debian 9/10.

Hestia Features
Working in conjunction with Apache or Nginx (PHP-FPM).
PHP support (5.6 – 8.0; default 7.4).
Protection system against external attacks (iptables, fail2ban and ipset).
DNS server (Bind).
Automatic installation of CMS (WordPress, OpenCart, Prestashop, Laravel Symfony).
A full-fledged file manager.
MariaDB and Postgres'L DB support.
Support for Let's Encrypt SSL certificates.
Virus and spam protection for mail services (ClamAV, SpamAssassin, Roundcube, Rainloop).
YunoHost is a modified Debian distribution that includes many tools for working with a hosted web project. The developers have taken care of security and reliability, while maintaining the lightness of the system. To manage the server, a user-friendly web interface has been created, with which you can interact with web components through a browser.

The official website provides instructions for installing YunoHost. The user can place the platform on an installed Debian instance or download a ready-made distribution in the form of an ISO image.

Supported OS: Debian 10.

YunoHost Features
Web interface for server management.
User Management System (LDAP).
Connecting to all applications through a single user portal (NGINX, SSOwat).
Full stack for working with email (Postfix, Dovecot, Rspamd, DKIM).
A system for working with backups.
Instant Messaging Server (XMPP).
SSL Certificate Management (Let's Encrypt).
Security system against external attacks (Fail2ban, yunohost-firewall).
This is a multilingual corporate-level hosting control panel. It provides a set of functions that is not inferior and even, in some cases, surpasses the capabilities of paid analogues. Using the Brainycp control panel involves automating all processes on the server side.

Free hosting control panels - brainy

Extended PHP support is implemented with connection types to choose from. With the help of the control panel, it is possible to manage multiple host accounts with limiting a variety of parameters.

Supported OS: CentOS 7/8 64bit.

BrainyCP Features
Application manager.
Backup management — scheduled backups.
elFinder file manager.
IPtables management in the graphical menu.
IPv6 support.
BIND DNS Server: Support for remote DNS servers and clustering.
FTP: PureFTPD or ProFTPD to choose from.
Auto-installation of popular CMS.
Mail server: Exim + Dovecot + Clamav + DKIM + SpamAssasin + Roundcube.
CSF firewall.
Lightweight PU, where Apache is replaced by faster NGINX. Ajenty is written in Python with support for the Gevent framework engine, which made it possible to implement a modular architecture.

Free hosting control panels - ajenty

Among the advantages of the panel are: simple interface, quick access to VPS, simple installation and detailed documentation. The control panel comes with several pre-installed tools, such as a text editor, a code manager, a terminal and a file manager.

Supported OS: Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS and Gentoo. It is also possible to transfer to other software on Linux and BSD.

Ajenty Features
Modular interface;
Support for projects in Python, Ruby on Rails, Node.js;
Standard SSL support;
Database management;
File Manager;
DNS Management;
Built-in firewall;
Configuration of mirrors and clusters;
Domain and Email Management;
Support for multiple servers;
ISP Config
One of the most popular free control panels for VPS. The open source tool is based on the PHP language. ISP Config allows you to manage multiple virtual and physical servers simultaneously.

Free Hosting Control Panels - ISP Config

Supported OS: Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, openSUSE.

ISPConfig Features
IPv4 and IPv6 support.
Billing module ISPConfig 3.
4 levels of access – from administrator to guest via email.
ISPProtect malware scanner.
Tools for migration.
Individual PHP settings for each site.
Multilingualism – support for more than 20 languages.
Ruby and Python (Apache only).
WebDAV (Apache only).
MySQL databases.
CWP (Control Web Panel)
This is a multifunctional free server control panel that can be downloaded and installed in just a few clicks. It is recommended to install on a new VPS, since there is no possibility of deletion in the panel.

Free hosting control panels - centos

CentOS Web Panel is complemented by Varnish cache server, built-in firewall and Softaculous Auto application installer. This allows you to deploy a full-fledged LAMP stack with support for caching "fast" content directly in RAM.

Supported OS: Red Hat versions 6.x and newer, CentOS, CloudLinux.

CentOS Web Panel Features
The ability to switch PHP versions "in 1 click".
It is equally convenient to manage a server and a hosting deployed on the basis of VDS.
Built-in extensions for CSF Firewall allow you to cope with simple DDoS attacks yourself.
Setting up SPF/DKIM.
Standard mail server solutions (Postfix/Dovecot/roundcube).
DNS Management: FreeDNS, zone template editor and zone manager.
Built-in real-time VPS monitoring;
Built-in spam blocker (AmaVIS, ClamAV, OpenDKIM, RBL, SpamAssassin).
Virtualmin (Webmin)
A reliable control panel for an open source VPS, which is a module of the Webmin server PU based on Perl. Virtualmin allows you to manage multiple web hosts simultaneously through a single interface. It only works if Webmin is pre-installed.

The web server control panel is distributed in two versions: free (Virtualmin GPL) and commercial pro version (Virtualmin Pro). The advantages of the PU are a simple interface and a dual authentication system.

Supported OS: Ubuntu, Debian and Centos/RedHat.

Virtualmin Features
Domain control: flexible domain accounts, mail domain management, DB.
Email: RoundCube and Squirrelmail.
Ability to automatically handle DNS zones, email aliases, and Apache virtual hosts.
Security: two-factor authentication, certification, powerful protection, restriction of access by IP addresses.
Backup and integration with the cloud: Amazon S3 bucket, backup encryption, backup VDS, backup recovery, scheduled backup.
Databases: phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin, MySQL, PostgreSQL
Modular installation of over 100 applications: CMS, CRM, forums, Commerce, Issue tracking, community, etc. Only 7 of them are available in the free version.
Separately configurable email client Usermin.
A free web server control panel based on the PHP language. It has a simple installation and the ability to expand functionality using plug-ins. ZPanel is compatible with most Unix/Linux kernel distributions, as well as Windows and MacOSX.

Supported OS: Windows, Ubuntu, CentOS, Free-BSD.

ZPanel Features
Apache + PHP web server.
Integration with MySQL, hMailServer (Windows), Posfix (Linux), Filezilla (Windows), ProFTPd (Linux).
Services for database management and FTP.
DNS management system.
Limitation of services.
Creating backups.
Integration of the billing system.
Cron support.
Directory protection.
Monitoring the load on the server.



ISPmanager is universal on Linux, almost all hosters have it.
ISPmanager is compatible with many operating systems. Flexible settings, intuitive interface.
Light in weight.
Even the most stupid person can set up and quickly learn how to work with the panel.
Plesk — can work not only with Linux, but also with Windows hosting, the price of the panel is not very large. This is where the benefits end.
resource-intensive and cumbersome in comparison with the rest. More vulnerable, so far.
DirectAdmin - the speed is certainly high, but the price is higher than the rest. For more advanced users, not all hosters have it.
Of all the tested ones, I prefer ISPmanager - it is more convenient for a small number of sites. ;)