Control Panel Options For VPS

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The two most common control panels for a VPS are cPanel and Plesk. Many hosting companies will include one or both control panels in your VPS plan to help you manage your hosting account. They’ll also offer free demos of both control panels so you can see how they manage different hosting features such as your file manager, email features, programming tools, and stats. There are also other considerations that may contribute to your decision such as which control panel works best with which operating system and which offers specific features that you want to manage your VPS. Read more about this below. 


cPanel is the most popular control panel not only for VPS, but all hosting options. cPanel is based in the open source OS kernel, Linux, which makes it a highly effective and user-friendly manager for Linuxbased applications like PHP, MySQL, Apache, Perl and email features (POP3, IMAP, SMTP) etc. cPanel is functional on multiple levels  which enables it to be a managing tool for end users, administrators, and resellers. WHM (web host manager) is the tool that allows full administrative control for resellers and admins who use the tool to configure the server, pick the versions of Apache and PHP that they want to use, include password protected areas of the control panel and enable or disable features of cPanel for other users.

cPanel is still considered the 'go to' control panel for most virtual private servers, but windows users should first examine the plesk control panel option

For the end-user cPanel is effective for  updating and adding  files through the file manager, adding  and editing email accounts, setting up Outlook, installing shopping carts for e-commerce and numerous software modules; all of which can be done online through your web browser .The most updated version of cPanel for VPS is cPanel VPS optimize3 which includes administration management functions and preferences of databases, logs, files, mail, domains, security, software, and other advanced features. It also features statistics, frequently accessed areas, and has a find and search option for easy access. The first ever Windows version of cPanel, called Enkompass was recently launched on October 15, 2011, however because it’s new most web hosting companies still prefer using Plesk for their Windows hosting. 

cPanel is functional on multiple levels which enables it to be a managing tool for end users, administrators, and resellers


Plesk is another popular control panel used for VPS and it’s the principal control panel used for Windows VPS. Plesk supports Debian, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, SUSE, Red Hat Linux, and Windows 2003 &2008 operating systems. Some additional features it has compared to its competitors includes a site builder, an integrated billing system, and a high density of panels for managing your VPS account. However because of  these additional features it can be considered a little more cluttered and less  user friendly than cPanel.

Like cPanel, users access Plesk through their web browser. From there you can organize and manage users, mail, websites/domains, applications, your account, system configuration (settings), stats, and business operations. Plesk’s parent company Parallels, has also developed Virtuozzo, which helps you manage your individual virtual container. This will enable you to manage your VPS with administrative control. 

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