If you are looking for server and account management tool (a.k.a. a control panel) what comes to your mind first? Plesk or cPanel or any other? Well, there are many of them. But the former two are one of the most used control panels out there.
Plesk came around in 2001 and became dominant in control panel market. Its current version Plesk Onyx has a lot of extensions and is available in three versions, Web Admin, Web Pro and a special version for web hosts.
Both of these control panel tools are one of the best server tools out there. But when it comes to selecting the best one of these two, you need to focus on your own requirements. For example, good user interface, high security, high performance, etc. Because both of them are top notch in all these, so you can’t decide until you have some specific requirements underlined.
Let’s compare various aspects of these two control panel solutions and help you understand your need:
User Interface: Which control panel is easy to use?
If you ever used WordPress, you will understand Plesk’s user interface very easily. Its design is based on modern dashboard kind of layout.
In Plesk, you have a left side menu that provides access to all the Plesk features just like in WordPress admin panel. You click a menu item and the page loads on the right.
In cPanel, the features are grouped in sections.
All these sections contain an icon layout. Each feature has its own unique icon just like Plesk. The best thing about this user interface is that all the features are on one screen. You just need to scroll down to view the rest of them instead of clicking items in the menu to reach a feature.
Performance: Which control panel is faster?
If you have less memory on your server then I will suggest using cPanel. cPanel uses very less RAM as compared to Plesk. Its pages load faster and less RAM consumption allows other memory heavy server tasks to run smoothly.
Security: Which control panel is more secure?
Both cPanel & Plesk are concentrated on providing high security and evolving with time to handle more serious security issues. Some of the server and website security tools provided by both or one of them are automatic SSL installation, password protected directories, spam filtering, intrusion prevention tools etc.
Features & Tools
Both cPanel and Plesk provides a wide range of server and website management tools. Some of them are:
- 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
- and many more.
Plesk supports apps and extensions that can extend the functionality of this control panel. cPanel also supports extending functionality through apps and extensions but not as good as Plesk.
Operating System Compatibility
cPanel was made originally for Linux and still, it is only supported on Linux based systems such a CentOS and Red Hat. You can port it to Windows using some backdoor methods but they are not that efficient and reliable.
Plesk supports both Windows and Linux.
At AppSoln Technology cPanel hosting plans starts at ₹105.13 / per month (~ $1.61 per month) while Plesk plans starts at ₹159.00 / per month (~ $2.44 per month).
cPanel and Plesk both are one of the best control panel tools out there. It totally depends on your needs what you want to select. If you are looking for good Windows-based control panel then select Plesk. Or if you are looking for something that consumes less memory and supports Linux then go for cPanel.
If you have any confusion regarding any of these two control panel solutions then please leave a comment below. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank You. 🙂