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Title: Plesk or cPanel: Which is the Best Control Panel?
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Comparison Between Plesk and cPanel.
We’ll compare both applications so that if you are given a choice over which one to choose,
you can make a more informed decision

One of the most important features of your web hosting service is your control panel – the
tool that enables you to administer your website. Whilst there are many control panels
available, including a range of own-brand panels developed by web hosts, the two most
popular ones are Plesk and cPanel. They are, essentially, the Android and Apple of the
control panel market. In this post, we’ll compare both applications so that if you are given a
choice over which one to choose, you can make a more informed decision.
Originally introduced back in 1996, cPanel is a much-loved platform used on millions of
websites and is frequently included in many Linux shared hosting packages as well as being
used for dedicated servers and cloud hosting. For those who have access to their server,
cPanel often comes with WHM (Web Host Manager) a sister program that acts as a server
administration interface.
Plesk was launched in 2001 and, like cPanel, has come to be a dominant force in the control
panel market. The most recent version, Plesk Onyx, which has over 100 extensions, is
available in three versions, Web Admin, Web Pro and a special version for web hosts.

OS Compatibility
cPanel was developed to work on Linux servers and is currently incompatible with Windows.
It is, however, compatible with CentOS, CloudLinux and RedHat Linux distribution based
operating systems.
Originally developed for Windows, for which it is the world leader, Plesk can also be used on
a wider range of Linux OS, including Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat Linux and CloudLinux.
In many cases, the control panel you use may be dictated by the operating system you (or
your host, in the case of shared hosting) run on the server.

User Interfaces
Whilst both offer very easy to navigate control panels, the Plesk interface is more in line
with the standard software layout that most people are accustomed to. Very similar to the
WordPress admin panel, it has its main menu down the left-hand side and when an item is
selected, its contents appear in the main panel. A further set of feature boxes are located on
the right side of the screen. For ease of use, icons are used for each of the main features.

The cPanel interface is laid out differently. The left-hand menu is missing and, instead, the
features are grouped into sections which you access by scrolling down. Like Plesk, each
feature has an icon to help you identify it. The cPanel interface also has some customisation
options to make things easier to find.

With regards to how the panels are organised, cPanel groups its functions under the
headings of preferences, mail, files, logs, security, domains, databases and software services
whereas Plesk divided its functions into areas such as statistical and resource usage, users,
mail, websites and domains, applications and statistics. Surprisingly, the WHM control
panel, which is separate to cPanel, has the standard interface with the left-hand menu. In
this sense, it is more like Plesk, than cPanel.
Plesk and cPanel both enable users to have command line access. cPanel provides command
line and API-based access, the latter enabling interaction with third-party apps. Command
line access from Plesk comes via its not so succinctly named ‘Panel Action Log Command
Line Access Tool’.

cPanel developers have worked hard on raising its performance over the years, and it’s is
generally accepted that it is the fastest loading out of the control two panels. This has been
achieved by reducing the amount of RAM that cPanel needs, meaning that it performs
quicker page loading, account creation and other operations.

Features and Tools
There are a standard set of server and account management tasks that every user needs
and you will find that both Plesk and cPanel enable users to carry these out. For example,
both can be used for:

App installation
Scheduling backups
Database management
Running FTP
Configuring DNS settings
Managing email accounts
Server logs
Resource reports (e.g. availability, storage and bandwidth)
Maintaining user accounts
Traffic data and analytics
File management

Out of the box, Plesk comes with build in support for a wider range of apps and extensions,
however, cPanel also enables lots of apps to be added, too.

Web Security Features
Web security is essential today and both cPanel and Plesk provide a wide range of security
tools to protect users. cPanel, for example, includes tools such as IP address denials, auto
installation of SSL certificates and password-protected directories whilst Plesk’s security
suite includes tools like active directory integration, in and outbound spam filtering for
email and fail2ban intrusion prevention.

Management On the Go
Both cPanel and Plesk have developed smartphone apps that enable you to connect with
and manage your server and website while you are on the go. There are also a variety of
third-party apps you can use.

cPanel and Plesk are both exceptional control panels that make it easy to run your server
and website. In many cases, your choice may be restricted by the operating system or
hosting package you choose. However, if you have a choice, such as with the VPS, cloud and
dedicated hosting packages we offer at eUKhost, then hopefully, this post will have given
you a better understanding of each.
If you are looking for great hosting using either cPanel or Plesk control panels, check out our
homepage to see our range of hosting packages.

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