Hosting websites with or without a control panel?

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What is the advantage of using a web hosting control panel for your websites? without a hosting control panel as installing LEMP or LAMP on your VPS. Does that have an advantage? why?
 

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What is the advantage of using a web hosting control panel for your websites? without a hosting control panel as installing LEMP or LAMP on your VPS. Does that have an advantage? why?
Control panels are a good way to manage a vps, because it's easier to manage all the settings from a web interface. And when you install a control panel, it will automatically setup and configure your LAMP/LEMP stack and give you the ability to edit settings easily.

But a control panel always require more resources than a LAMP/LEMP stack, and offer less ways to customize your server configuration. That's why I always have a VPS running with Plesk Onyx for my emails and for all my dev projects, but all my websites in production are running with a custom LEMP stack without control panel.
 

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With control panel you can easily manage your vps & can see the performance of your vps visually without a single line of command. But without control panel you have to each stuff using command line.

If you have low memory vps , it's better to manage without control panel, with control panel it consumes some of our memory. Control panel some times run unnecessary software which you will not use, hence more memory consume.
 

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Quite simply, hosting without a control panel will only save you money on the license each month and the slight overhead resources it consumes.

Using a control panel can certainly make life easier for you. I'd suggest using a control panel if you have more than 5 domains to manage.
 

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Control panels are a good way to manage a vps, because it's easier to manage all the settings from a web interface. And when you install a control panel, it will automatically setup and configure your LAMP/LEMP stack and give you the ability to edit settings easily.
Its quite exact with LAMP/LEMP, for cPanel it installed so many services which I didn't use or didn't need at all, is there a control panel that allowing me to know which services are running and I can disable/enable them?

I'd suggest using a control panel if you have more than 5 domains to manage.
Never heard a reason like this. Why? It is hard to configure LAMP/LEMP if you have more than 5 domains?
 

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Its quite exact with LAMP/LEMP, for cPanel it installed so many services which I didn't use or didn't need at all, is there a control panel that allowing me to know which services are running and I can disable/enable them?
With VestaCP you can choose what components you want to install, that's also the same with Plesk, you can remove/add components when you want.

Never heard a reason like this. Why? It is hard to configure LAMP/LEMP if you have more than 5 domains?
It's not harder to configure a LAMP/LEMP but that's one of the reason to choose a control panel, because more domains you have, and more configuration files you will have to check in case of error.
 

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What is the advantage of using a web hosting control panel for your websites? without a hosting control panel as installing LEMP or LAMP on your VPS. Does that have an advantage? why?
There can be many disadvantages to a control panel. It depends on what you will be doing after LAMP is installed. For example

Software bloat
Limited web server support (Apache only? What about NGIX, etc?)
Control panel LAMP hooks can cause anomalies
More security holes
More software updates

If you will be running a Wordpress site consider that you will be using FTP and WP-admin 95% of the time. To manage mySQL you should install PHPMyAdmin. Any decent VPS host will help you get to this point
 

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I had many questions related to this point but I could not explain why LEMP or LAMP had more security holes than a web hosting control panel.
 

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Using a control panel creates additional security holes. cPanel has its hooks so deep into LAMP that a cPanel security update can break a LAMP security update. If you don't use a control panel, you won't have these issues: https://blog.sucuri.net/?s=cPanel
 

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If I agree about the security issues you can have with a control panel, there are also security patches released quickly to fix them. And for a beginner, a control panel will at first help the user to use a web server without having to understand all the settings available. I have seen more issues on basic LAMP stacks than with cPanel or Plesk. A lot of users doesn't understand linux files permissions or apache directory indexing settings.

So it's in most of case better to begin with a control panel, then to learn how to setup a LAMP/LEMP on another server used only for testing purpose.
 

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That's why I suggested having vps host set things up for him. I was just providing another side of things instead of joining in with the get-a-control-panel chorus so OP can maker a fully informed decision
 

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Today there are many control panel options that make it easy for developers, VestaCP for example is a free control panel that already installs all the basic packages for you to host a website.
 

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If you are not a Techy Person, I wouldn't suggest you to host websites without control Panel. cPanel/WHM will be best for you if you don't have time to experiment over other web panels. CentOS Web Panel/VestaCP will be good if you're searching something free.
 

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If you're not a developer who doesn't like easy to use and beautiful ways to control your aspects of your site, then definitely get a control panel. Another question is which control panel to pick, since there are tons of them. cPanel is most popular option, but it's also the most expensive control panel (correct me if I'm wrong). Here is a good article about control panels.
 

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If you manage server side tasks then getting some form of control panel is necessary. Not having any form of control panel makes it harder for you to manage the files and the scripts. So I'd suggest you get control panel such cpanel, plesk etc. Teaching someone how to use those backend is definitely going to help delegate the work too. So control panel has more benefits than just relying on SSH access for backend.
 

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If you manage server side tasks then getting some form of control panel is necessary. Not having any form of control panel makes it harder for you to manage the files and the scripts. So I'd suggest you get control panel such cpanel, plesk etc. Teaching someone how to use those backend is definitely going to help delegate the work too.
Exactly, If you have a web hosting expert then using a hosting control panel will help you to save time on configuration and you can use that time to care your website.

So control panel has more benefits than just relying on SSH access for backend.
I am just wondering why web hosting experts always want to use SSH to control their web host instead of using a hosting control panel. Is this correct?
 

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SSH is because of the operating system on the server. Almost every Dedicated and the VPS these days is hosted on Linux based machine. In case of Windows based OS, you don't have to use SSH, instead there are other shell to access. Like say powershell. But for Linux, BSD and UNIX, they seem to offer SSH. And that's why windows users use Putty for access to the SSH on their host. It works out for most though.
 

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Even with a control panel, it's faster to configure a server with command-line, for Plesk I use a script to apply all my customizations. Web interface make domain management easier, but server management is always easier via ssh and some bash script
 
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