cPanel vs. Plesk

Started by Michelangelos, Jul 01, 2022, 05:34 AM

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I've read through every article on the first 5 pages of Google and couldn't find a decent article comparing cPanel to Plesk. Most of the information and screenshots about Plesk are outdated and, in some cases, plain wrong.

I've used cPanel/WHM and Plesk both for ~10 years. I personally prefer Plesk.

I prefer Plesk over cPanel. These are some of my opinions about why Plesk is better:
Easier to use
Better interface
Can function on Linux, Windows, and more
Most things you need are included and not an additional fee
Better support (24/7/365 technical included with all plans)
WordPress manager
Don't have to use Softaculous, Plesk installer is integrated and better
More secure and has customer usage monitoring & limits built-in
The free plan included with Amazon EC2/Lightsail and DigitalOcean includes 3 domains and works great - also includes 24/7 support
Better file manager

What do you think about both, which do you like more, and why?


I have used both the panels and love them both. Plesk gives me a feeling of Windows based interface and its very stable. cPanel on the other hand has a very easy to use simple interface that works for all type of users.

While I worked on several projects in my previous stint, one thing I noticed is that most businesses use cPanel for Linux and Plesk for windows.
I now use cPanel that comes with the hosting solution and meet my current needs.


Overall, I prefer cPanel, but that is likely because I started with cPanel, not Plesk.
If you started with Plesk and used it a lot more than cPanel then that's likely the reason you prefer it to cPanel. Maybe if cPanel supported Windows and you used cPanel as much as you did with Plesk, you would probably say they are the same. More just a different UI/UX/GUI.


Almost a year ago, I tried out Plesk on one of the bargain priced Linux web hosting services advertised here. For me, I rated Plesk as "completely inadequate" from my perspective. I spoke with the owner of a hosting company that stopped selling Linux shared hosting because of cPanel cost increases, who said he was looking for another control panel, and agreed with me that Plesk was not even on his Short List.

Since then, I have tried DirectAdmin and ISPConfig, and consider both more than adequate as Linux shared hosting control panels, though I ended up with cPanel, which I still find, when set up to my liking, as the best choice for me.

Again, I am only talking about Linux. Windows is a different story, and I have no Plesk experience there to speak about.
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cPanel Hosting
A2 — Plesk hosting is offered in all hosting options, starting at $2.96 per month. LiquidWeb — cPanel is offered on VPS hosting, offers start at $29 per month.
SiteGround — cPanel is offered on all hosts at a price of $3.95 per month. TMD - cPanel hosting is offered in shared hosting plans, offers start at $2.95 per month.

Splash Hosting
A2 — Plesk hosting is offered in all hosting options, starting from $3.70 per month. LiquidWeb — Plesk is offered on VPS hosting at a price of $29 per month. SiteGround — does not support Plesk. TMD — Plesk hosting is offered on general Windows hosting plans starting at $3.99 per month.


I prefer to use the cPanel panel, I have been working with it for several years and I can say that there are no complaints.I She is very versatile and she is developing. Technical support is good, it helps me a lot when contacting me, and cPanel University is a great opportunity to study.
Well, Plesk of course also has technical support, maybe I don't know them very well. I have problems quite often when using with Plesk,. And I constantly have to contact support, well, I have little experience in this matter and support does not help me much.


cPanel is the most used control panel today. It has an intuitive user-level interface and a functional web server management interface.

Both interfaces work flawlessly and keep hosting server running smoothly whether you're a site administrator, end user or reseller. cPanel is trusted by the biggest players in the hosting industry, including HostGator, Bluehost and GoDaddy.

While cPanel is only supported on Linux, Windows support can be obtained through the virtualization installed on most of the leading cPanel hosts.

Key features include:

Ability to customize most CMS with intuitive installers
Lots of useful tools including DB tools and backup tools
Linux based control panel
Can be used in conjunction with WHM to power a hosting platform.

cPanel is committed to educating its customers to empower hosting providers, no matter how big or small they operate.

They offer documentation, video tutorials, and knowledge bases. cPanel has dedicated trainers who run free online training programs. Anybody can access cPanel University.

Plesk is a control panel designed to secure, create and run your applications and sites. The focus is on simplicity and ease of use. Plesk is a bit younger than cPanel. cPanel was released in 1996 and Plesk came on the market in 2001.

Plesk has a lot in common with cPanel & WHM. While cPanel is limited to Linux, Plesk is a cross-platform service.

It can run on Linux, Windows and other serving platforms. Plesk offers both client and administrative functionality. This means that Plesk offers a powerful experience, flexibility and control.

Plesk is used by hosting leaders including Go Daddy, Amazon Web Services, Google, and Docker.

Key features include:

Support for Linux and Windows servers
Supports and provides installers for most popular CMS
Provides account management and server management features out of the box.

Plesk offers a user interface that is slightly cleaner than cPanel. However, the features offered by Plesk are not much different from what cPanel offers.

Plesk has recently become an independent company. They are dedicated to keeping up with the constant changes that are visible on the web.
Their goal is to target both newcomers to hosting servers and experienced developers. Their idea is to make server management efficient yet simple.
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