Hosting is becoming much more important today than it ever was. Understanding the hosting scenario and choosing the right option is surely mandatory, but more than that, the importance of selecting the right control panel for your hosting is even more important. VPS Hosting is gaining popularity over the years as a reliable option due to the offerings of dedicated resources, scalability and root access.
It is imperative to choose the right control panel to administer and manage your website even more effectively. A good control panel will help you to install software, security tools to handle other critical website-related issues.
We will compare the three most popular VPS control panel that will help you handle your website effortlessly.
cPanel is so far the most popular and most trusted control panel in the website owners. It is available only with Linux OS and does not support any other operating systems. It supports both graphical interface and server management interface through the Web Host Manager (WHM). If you prefer function over beauty, beginners and developers can both go for the cPanel. It is a feature-packed control panel that has all the functions on one single page, which makes it way easier than navigating through the menus. From domain name settings to third-party app integration, cPanel takes care of a lot more than you think it can handle.
cPanel is an excellent control panel, as we discussed. But, one drawback of cPanel is that it is only available for Linux-based OS. Plesk is another alternative to cPanel that is completely functional with Windows and Linux OS. Very few control panels in the market are designed specifically for Windows OS. Therefore, Plesk becomes the topmost alternative for the Windows-based VPS hosting. Plesk stands out with a variety of automation tools that it offers. It helps in saving time and resources that let you focus on the important website issues.
The simple and intuitive interface helps you create anything you want in a few clicks. One more stand out feature with Plesk is the log in levels. It gives access control, and the permissions are accordingly granted to the users as per the levels. The latest version of Plesk is Plesk Onyx.
Web Host Manager (WHM) is an administration panel of your server. It helps in managing and administrating the server. Any changes to your VPS and account creation are explicitly done through WHM. cPanel and WHM work in tandem with each other. WHM is helpful and assists in handling the whole server, whereas cPanel helps and assists in managing the actual hosting account. WHM is an entirely different control panel as compared to the first two control panels. WHM takes care of the nitty-gritty of the server and not the hosting account.
WHM takes care of a lot of server-related activities like the installation and management of SSL certificates, assignment and whitelisting of IP addresses, monitoring the status of the server and resources, and others.
Be it cPanel, WHM, or Plesk control panels, the selection of a right control panel entirely depends on whether you are using Windows VPS or Linux VPS; and whether you need it for account management or server management. If you are working on a Windows VPS you have Plesk control panel, for Linux VPS, you can go for cPanel, and if managing the server is your concern you can straight away go for WHM. Understand the features of every offering and their respective compatibilities and finalise the control panel that best suits your requirements.