ISP Manager, is there an alternative?

Started by timbarnard, Apr 03, 2023, 08:37 AM

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Hey there everyone!

So, I recently got myself a VDS and now I'm faced with the decision of choosing a control panel to install. The obvious choice that comes to mind is ISPmanager. However, from what I gather, the lite version comes with a $10 monthly price tag and only offers a 2-week trial period.

Now, here's where I could use some suggestions. Is there perhaps an alternative control panel that meets the following criteria:

- It's either free or cheaper than $400 per month.
- It allows me to create FTP users.
- It provides a convenient dashboard for creating and managing MySQL databases (preferably with phpMyAdmin).
- It allows me to create domains and subdomains.

Any ideas? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!


Looking for a free alternative? Well, you might want to check out Webmin. It offers a range of features and functionalities, including an extension called Virtualmin, which specifically helps with managing virtual hosts in case you're into hosting organization.

However, it's worth noting that if you already have a well-configured and functioning system, there could be potential challenges in coordinating the configurations. So, keep that in mind while exploring your options.


Not exactly.

ISPmanager stands out because it minimally interferes with the system and comes with optimized configurations, settings, and software that align with the intentions of the distribution creators.

On the other hand, Plesk has a reputation for scattering software all over the place, making it difficult to troubleshoot when something goes wrong (occasionally resulting in issues like scattered sites with unclear solutions). In this regard, ISPmanager is more straightforward, even if the control panel goes haywire - you'll still have a well-configured system in some state and can definitely lift up the sites.

As for free panels, there's Vesta, but let's be honest, it feels like it was designed by aliens - it's easier to decipher secret code names than to navigate this panel.


When it comes to free control panels, brinycp takes the lead with its abundant functionality for enhancing security. On the other hand, fastpanel is a decent panel but falls short compared to brinycp.

Meanwhile, vestacp doesn't seem too bad of an option, although it has been noted to have several vulnerabilities.

However, none of these panels offer Revisium WAF integration, which is a significant advantage of ISPmanager.

Keep in mind that regardless of the panel you choose, it's crucial to configure them for maximum security. This includes limiting external access, implementing additional authorization measures for panels, phpMyAdmin, and webmail, disabling potentially risky PHP functions, configuring ModSecurity, and employing server security features like SELinux and AppArmor. Conducting regular security audits is also essential to maintain server security.


The Lite version of ispmanager is available at an official price of 62 euros per year, as indicated on their website:

In my opinion, seeking a free control panel may not be the most sensible choice. When opting for a free option, you may compromise on certain crucial aspects such as sufficient security measures, regular updates, and access to free official technical support that operates around the clock (24x7).

Furthermore, ispmanager frequently introduces impressive new features. For instance, they recently added support for docker management and mail migration, which demonstrates their commitment to improving functionality and keeping up with industry trends.