An open source control panel allows you to administer your VPS (Virtual Private Servers) gracefully and add some individual functionality to them. So, going into server administration raises important questions about the best open source control panels you can choose from.
Server control panel is a software with specialized graphical interface for administrating your server. A GUI control panel takes away much of the complexity of server administration and makes it a straightforward task. You can create e-mails, FTP accounts, and databases, add domains, check various logs, and many other things just logged into your control panel via a web browser. It simplifies server administration functions as ordinary users without high-level technical knowledge can manage their servers.
The web hosting control panels provide an elegant solution to Linux newbies to host multiple websites on VPS and Dedicated Servers. This kind of hosting panel offers easy to use management software’s to simplify the process of handling servers without the need for expert knowledge of server administration.
The most famous and powerful control panels are cPanel and Plesk. These two popular panels are paid software’s and the hosting provider will charge a monthly fee for installing it on the server. Fortunately, there are few more alternate open source control panels available to download at no cost with similar features.
There are many different control panels available in the market today. Let’s review a few of them:
cPanel is a Unix based hosting control panel. The Graphical interface helps you to manage your Website and web hosting accounts very easily and quickly. The automation tools are designed to simplify the process of a website.
cPanel gives you complete control over the various aspects of website and administration through a standard web browser and also streamlines the process such as creating database, setting up an email account, and autoresponder and managing website files.
Plesk is a hosting control panel similar to cPanel which allows you to manage your hosting account through a web-based interface. You can use this panel with VPS, Shared, and Dedicated server. Plesk also enables you to control thousands of virtual hosts under a single machine. The control panel allows you to automate many tasks which in turn reduces the cost and resources. It also increases profitability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
- Create an FTP account for users.
- Manage and create an email account and databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL.
- Add domains and subdomains.
- Restore and take back up of files.
- Manage DNS and other resources.
VestaCP is one of the newest and fastest open source control panels for VPS available. It is mostly popular for its lightweight design, which makes it pretty simple to use even for the first time. VestaCP runs on Apache and Nginx. It makes it easy to create a database, add a domain, an SSL, and use the backup function. Built-in features include “Let’s Encrypt”, firewall, cron jobs, multiple language options, and many other.
ISPconfig is an open-source multilingual control panel that enables you to manage multiple servers under one control panel. ISPConfig is licensed under the BSD license. This open-source control panel is also capable of managing FTP, SQL, BIND DNS, Database, and Virtual servers.
- Manage more than one server from one control panel.
- Easy to use web interface for administrator, reseller, and client login.
- Manage web servers like Apache and Nginx.
- Configuration mirroring and clusters.
- Manage email and FTP servers.
- And many more
Vepp is a commercial web panel made especially for managing the WordPress website on VPS, dedicated servers, or in clouds. With Vepp managing WP websites on a server is available to anyone and not only professional admins. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a website owner, an eCommerce administrator, or a marketer.
The panel helps to get a WordPress server deployed and ready-to-go in minutes. No need to spend hours configuring domains, mailboxes, and SSL certificates. You just log-in, get your simple and friendly interface, and tune everything in just a few clicks.
6. CENTMIN MOD
It was intended for a single root user/administrator to manage multiple or single web sites on a VPS or a dedicated server
Webmin is also one of the most popular VPS control panels. One of the main reasons for using it is great unique configuration opportunities. This control panel is designed to manage Linux systems with web browsers instead of commands by integrating Virtualmin. Webmin/Virtualmin is mobile friendly.
Choosing the right control panel for your VPS is definitely not an easy task. The best way is to try them all. Yet, if you have little time, you must consider what the main purpose of your VPS is. If it’s having an easy-to-use graphical interface, then VestaCP is the right choice for you. Webmin/Virtualmin is best for an individual configuration of your VPS while avoiding the command line in all possible cases. If you’re looking for reselling, ISPConfig is one of the great choices available. Finally, if you need to host only a few websites on your VPS and you are tired of the GUI eating up your server resources, then choose Centmin Mod control panel.