Plesk Vs cPanel comparison

Started by akeelow, Aug 15, 2022, 03:17 AM

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The main differences between the compared panels are in their user interface and supported web server. Plesk Obsidian's user interface is similar to the WordPress admin panel and supports both Linux and Windows servers. cPanel has a graphical interface and is only compatible with Linux web servers. There are other dissimilarities, which are discussed in more detail later in the topic.

To decide which control panel is best for you, there are several factors to consider, as described below.

User Interface


Plesk Obsidian has a UI/UX designed in JavaScript. The control panel is alike to the WordPress admin panel.

Key features:

    Clean and neat user interface
    Friendly for beginners
    Easy to find all features and tools


In cPanel Linux, each element is grouped into sections. Files, DBs, domains, email, metrics, security, software, and apps are all different parts of the control panel.

Key features:

    Graphical user interface
    Similar features grouped together
    You can customize the toolbar

Operating system

Plesk is compatible with Linux and Windows servers; cPanel only works with Linux servers.


    Amazon Linux
    Virtuozzo Linux
    Windows Server 2016


    Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    Amazon Linux


Security is a top concern for every user. The programme you choose must be completely secure, and both of these control panels go to great lengths to ensure security.


The Plesk control panel supports many security extensions such as Immunity 360, Fail2ban intrusion prevention, and LDAP/Active Directory integration (extensions are available in free and paid versions).

Key features:

    Security fixes within 24 hours
    Ability to secure your domain by setting up DNS and DNSSEC
    Let's Encrypt or Digicert SSL
    Automatic healing and recovery function to solve technical problems without expert support.
    SSL and HTTP/2 for all your sites with one click using Plesk Advisor.


Some of the more well-known security extensions cPanel offers include automatic installation of SSL certificates, rejection of IP addresses and password-protected directories.

Key features:

    Black or white list of each IP or entire regions and countries
    Deploying SSL certificates on sites throughout your server network
    Encryption of all outgoing messages
    Multi-factor authentication for clients
    Easy 3rd party integration


Both platforms offer good support and security, but you never know when you'll need a backup. Let's look at the dissimilarities in backup support between Plesk and cPanel:


Offers two types of backup:

    A complete backup that includes all data regardless of when the data was last updated.
    An incremental backup that contains only data that has changed since the previous backup.

Using additional backups minimizes the time of the backup operation and the disk space occupied by the backup file. This backup can be stored in Plesk's internal storage or external FTP storage.

Key features:

    You can schedule a backup
    You can back up the entire server
    You can configure backup benefits for individual user accounts/subscriptions.

Latest Features: Since latterly, you can protect sensitive data in your backup with a password.


Offers three types of backup:

    Compressed, where all information is stored in a compressed format and takes up less disk space.
    Uncompressed, which requires more disk space but is faster than compressed.
    Incremental backup that uses links to save disk space.

Key features:

    Daily, weekly and monthly reserves
    Ability to plan and store
    By default, the system saves the backup file locally in the /backup/ directory

Note: cPanel & WHM does not include an interface for restoring system backup files.

Features and tools


    Secure WordPress with one click
    Docker support on Linux with over 200,000 Docker images
    Let's Encrypt run from web hosting control panel
    Git compatible, but need to use a Git extension


    HTTPS redirects in one click on the site
    Imunify360 for security
    SpamBox by default in new cPanel account

Note: Plesk supports Nginx and Apache web servers while cPanel currently only supports Apache web servers.



    You can call Plesk Support for free 24/7
    If you are not their customer, you can ask questions on their official forums or social media.


    Customer support is available via tickets (Central Standard Time: Mon-Fri 06:00-18:00; Sat-Sun 06:00-16:00)
    To get emergency assistance, you will have to pay $65 per incident

So which is better: Plesk or cPanel?

The hosting control panel you choose plays an important role in how you interact with your server. Because your control panel is functional tools that you will need to comfortably manage any project.

    cPanel is famous because it is easy to use and works with the Linux based servers that run most of the internet.
    Plesk is the best choice if you want to keep using the same control panel when using multiple servers.
    The Plesk panel has separate licenses for 10-30 sites, and the fewer sites you have, the cheaper it will be to manage them in the end.
    But if you have a large number of websites, then cPanel may be the more affordable choice.
    If you are new and just starting out with a site, we recommend Plesk over cPanel.


It's funny that you only have Plesk's Qmail, as you mentioned the supported mailserver and forgot about others, much more modern :)
And Roundcube has been in Plesk for a hundred years as the default webmail.

Google gives out exactly two free panels (Brainy with an unbearably cumbersome interface and Vest in which everything is simply incomprehensible). Plus isp and vepp (which is also from isp).
Everything else not updated for a long time. Plus, there is the problem of nginx support (either it doesn't exist, or it's a 'reverse proxy', which is even worse than just Apache).


it is worth noting that cPanel dramatically changed the limits and prices, linking the cost to the number of accounts on the server (!), which killed itself on a significant number of servers with more than 100 accounts (and this is just an account, one user).
For example, we have transferred all of our servers, except a few, to DirectAdmin ... visually very close, some things are better, some things are worse. But overall we are very happy, as are thousands of other developers/hosting providers.

In addition, there are no more perpetual licenses. All those who bought before their cancellation — remained with perpetual licenses, all new licenses only with monthly payment. DirectAdmin also has support for OpenLiteSpeed and LiteSpeed, except Apache, Nginx and Apache + Nginx.
The small number of plugins is a little depressing, but after cPanel changed the licensing conditions, many new users came to DirectAdmin and now many plugin manufacturers have started developing more actively for this panel. In general, the panel is pleasant, it is very easy to configure for specific needs through pre and post scripts. From the zoo cPanel, DirectAdmin, ISP, we have completely switched to DirectAdmin and do not regret it.