cPanel vs. Plesk

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Before deciding to choose a good hosting control panel to go with, I wanted to have some comparisons between 2 great hosting control panels, it is cPanel and Plesk. Which one is better? and why? I really want to know what things (functions, add-ons, features, software..etc) cPanel has that Plesk doesn't have and vice versa. if you have good experience on both two hosting panels, please share your thoughts.

Your comments would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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The only professional hosting panel is cPanel which is used from 90% of the hosting providers.

You are asking for self usage purpose or you want to start providing shared hosting? Because if is for self usage then you can go with Plesk and the basic license for 10domains.
 

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It is hard for me to agree with the words "only" and "professional." I am very new to Plesk. That being said, it seems like a much better option than cPanel for security and ease of use and I might switch to it this week for both reasons.
 

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cPanel is stable and easy to use. Also, it has a lot of modules for use, you can easily integrate them
 
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The only professional hosting panel is cPanel which is used from 90% of the hosting providers.

You are asking for self usage purpose or you want to start providing shared hosting? Because if is for self usage then you can go with Plesk and the basic license for 10 domains.
Yes I am asking as a normal user using needing a web hosting to host my blog sites, not a hosting provider and I am not a hosting provider.

Because if is for self usage then you can go with Plesk and the basic license for 10 domains
It has same features as for web hosting providers?

cPanel is stable and easy to use. Also, it has a lot of modules for use, you can easily integrate them
I agree that it is easy to use but I also ran this hosting panel, i feel my websites load slower when running cPanel and it consumes more server resource. I could not show exactly how it consumed, maybe I need a tool to check how it works.
 
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If this is for not we hosting business the best way to go is plesk it is exoremely stable and secure and easy to use.
The limitation is that it don't allow multiple accounts for managing.
If you need to have an account for each domain you can upgrade to pro version.

CPanel is more popular for web hosting business as many others use it.
But Plesk can do all the job.
 

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For the resource usage on cPanel there is nice plugins for that.

Remember that cPanel default apache conf is not optimized and you will have to play with it. Also you can install NGINX as proxy to boost your loading time.

If you are not gonna host anyone else or sell hosting then you could go for SINGLE USER control panel like WEBUZO .
 

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The big difference between cPanel/WHM and Plesk is the first one is build for hosting providers, with 2 control panels when Plesk can be used as an hosting provider or as server administrator without having to logout.

WHM root panel, designed to manage thousands of customers and resellers :

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cPanel, build to be used by users :


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Plesk power-user view :

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Plesk Hosting provider view :

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The only professional hosting panel is cPanel which is used from 90% of the hosting providers.
Any proofs? It looks unreasonably exaggerated.

Yes I am asking as a normal user using needing a web hosting to host my blog sites
Plesk has built-in WordPress Toolkit for easy managing WordPress sites. Also you can always get a high-level help from one of the best Joomla experts on Plesk forum.
 

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That's not the good link for Plesk (it's plesk sitebuilder). The control panel is this one : http://trends.builtwith.com/Server/Parallels-Plesk-Panel
And it seems cPanel may not keep the #1 for a long time :

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Anyway, to answer to the OP question, I have tried Webuzo and it's not really the easiest control panel I have used.
For example, it provide the ability to install several web servers and database servers but I'm not sure a user will really understand what it should install ?
And if the Nginx Stack run WordPress fast, it doesn't include any rewrite rules during the install, so I have to edit the Nginx server config from the vhost file.

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So if it could be a good server tool for a poweruser because it cost $3/mo and allow to use softaculous without paying another control panel, I will not recommend it for learning how to manage a server.
And the OP is not an hosting provider, so he may not want to understand the WHM design before having the ability to install wordpress.

For me at the moment, the main features of Plesk are :
- Server system updates from the panel
- WordPress toolkit : Install, update, secure, manage all your wordpress websites easily : http://prnt.sc/ck4sll
- Docker Manager with Nginx Proxy : make docker usage so easy
- Server security : fail2ban, firewall, modsecurity, 2FA authenfication, remote virus scanner, antispam, antivirus
- Included application manager to install WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, Magento, Opencart, Piwik , phpbb
- Let'sencrypt one-click install, and WordPress http -> https with SEO 301 Redirect manager
- Dev Environment : Apache or Apache+Nginx or Nginx only + php5.6/7 + Ruby, Nodejs, Tomcat
 

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My opinion is straight forward, the control panel should compatible , stable and easy to administrate as well as the support should be available quickly. If its a linux server then use Cpanel .. since Cpanel is the most compatible control panel so far with the Linux server and if you ran in some issues there is always support available.

If its a windows server then go for Plesk control panel since it is the most compatible control panel for windows so far.

We have been managing servers from last 9 years and found these 2 control panels better for linux and windows accordingly.
 

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My opinion is straight forward, the control panel should compatible , stable and easy to administrate as well as the support should be available quickly. If its a linux server then use Cpanel .. since Cpanel is the most compatible control panel so far with the Linux server and if you ran in some issues there is always support available.
Agreed with you but just a problem I have seen on cPanel, it is consume more RAM over other hosting panels. I don't know why.

If its a windows server then go for Plesk control panel since it is the most compatible control panel for windows so far.
I thought Plesk also supported Linux and you could install it on a Linux hosting.
 

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Ofcourse Plesk works on linux as well as on Windows too.

Well your comments regarding cpanel are strange , I never heard or seen high RAM usages by Cpanel so far . We have been managing Cpanel servers from last 9 years. Well .. if you have not configured or optimized the servers properly then the other processes ( not cpanel )can consume the server resources like mysql , php or apache .

But cpanel .. never.
 
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my vote goes to cpanel, i did work with plesk had no issues with it, but cpanel is better in terms of automation of lot of resources which makes it more user friendly and no 1 choice
 

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I'm not too keen on Plesk. cPanel all the way for me. ISPManager looks quite good too. They all have their pros and cons that's for sure.
 

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my vote goes to cpanel, i did work with plesk had no issues with it, but cpanel is better in terms of automation of lot of resources which makes it more user friendly and no 1 choice
I have to agree that cPanel has user friendly better than others.

I am using cPanel, Directadmin and Plesk on different VPS, each one has its advantages and it is hard to decide which is the best.

I'm not too keen on Plesk. cPanel all the way for me. ISPManager looks quite good too. They all have their pros and cons that's for sure.
ISPManager? is it a paid or free hosting panel? not ever used this before. I can have a check for this hosting panel.
 

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I have to agree that cPanel has user friendly than others.

I am using cPanel, Directadmin and Plesk on different VPS, each one has its advantages and it is hard to decide which is the best.



ISPManager? is it a paid or free hosting panel? not ever used this before. I can have a check for this hosting panel.
It is paid but a lot cheaper at around £3/month https://www.ispsystem.com/software/ispmanager

Pavel contacted me on LinkedIn about it

Hi Chris,

I'm a BDM at ISPsystem, a software developer for hosting and data centers. If briefly, I'd like to explore possibilities of our mutual cooperation with HostXNow, which regards to bundling our control panel ISPmanager with your VPS, as alternative to cPanel. Right now you have cPanel included in the price, but since ISPmanager is more cost effective, you'd be able to reduce price barriers to your end clients.

Could you please tell me whether we can discuss it further here or over email?

Pavel
Hi Chris,

Thanks a lot for the reply in the thread (one I posted at WebMasterSun), although ISPmanager is way lower in price than even £6/month (the retail price is 4 EUR/month which equals to around £3.3/month).

Please let me know how your testing went and your thoughts - it would be great to know your feedback about it, especially in terms of comparing it against cPanel.

Pavel
Definitely worth checking it out.
 
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Ah, this debate again.

cPanel or Plesk... is sort of a matter of preference really. its more of the case of what are you familiar with using. I personally am used to using cPanel, so for me to jump on Plesk, I don't know if I can be bothered to figure out everything again.

Having said that, not that i'm aware of... there shouldn't be anything significantly missing that would stop you managing your hosting sufficiently on either of them. Unless you have a specific technical reason why you would choose one over the other.

Keep in mind though, cPanel isn't compatible with Windows Servers. Not without mods.. and the build that did support Windows is no longer support by cPanel. In that scenario, Plesk would be the recommended option. Worth getting Demos of both and seeing it for yourself. In most cases, it's a matter of preference and what you're familiar with...
 
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