What are the pros and cons of using a web hosting control panel for your websites?

Chris Worner

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As title mentioned, I want to know what are the pros and cons of using a hosting panel for your website or you just install Apache, PHP, Mysql, Mailserver and other components on your VPS without using an user-friendly interface for them like Plesk or cPanel?
 

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If you are experienced Linux administrator and if you use the server only for himself and your friend/wife - you do not need Control Panel.
 

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Control Panel is most useful when services are being sold or are been provided to some one with limited knowledge. If you know your stuff, there is no need for using a control panel and instead you can set things up your self, save the resources being used by the control panels.
 

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Yes the control panel make easier the management of your website, and when you have more than 10-15 websites, it become hard to manage them from the command line.
But for the performances, it's not as fast as a light webserver.

A control panel is a compromise, between ease of use and performances. But it will also provide you some features you will never have with a classic web server.
And without a lot of knowledge, it will make your VPS safe and stable.

It's not always the case with a VPS configured in SSH.
 

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A control panel can make website management easier, but can also sometimes make things a bit confusing in the command-line, etc if it changes default configuration. If you know what you are doing, don't use a control panel. Also consider that more server resources will be used to run a control panel vs just using command line.
 
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