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Plesk vs cPanel: Which control panel is preferable?

“I’ve loved hosting for years, simply because I like working with people. It’s the perfect job.” – wink mart

The right admin area or control panel makes a big difference for most webmasters. Whether you favor one or the other or you are definitely not sure, hosting with the right control panel is important for your needs. A look at CPanel vs. Plesk will help you decide between the two most popular control panel options in the hosting industry. Both are capable of performing the work, and both are fundamentally excellent. Therefore, I will try to cover more cPanel Vs Plesk ground to tell you the differences.
Many web hosting service providers move a control panel with their shared hosting plans, and usually do not get to choose which option you get.
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Complete Overview of Control Panel

A hosting control panel is a tool that allows you to manage all aspects of a hosting service. This allows you to perform most complex system administrator processes in just a few clicks from the admin interface. You can also do advanced tasks like server migration, web server switching and more with just a few clicks. Previously, this was done manually and took a large amount of time to install, whereas now it is only a few minutes.

Basics of Control Panel

Control rooms provide basic information that may be useful for your site. Your most important aspect at a glance. You can also see how many resources you are using to ensure that you do not exceed a limit. There is usually a section where you can change your password, set preferences such as email address for notifications and the language of your choice. You can see:

Basic elements of a Control Panel

Effectively take charge of a website hosting environment and ensure that the website control panel you choose provides the following essential, basic functions.

Domain and DNS Management

You are dependent on the domain to access website resources. Therefore, there should be a section in your control panel that lets you manage everything about domain hosting on your server. This includes new add-ons and subdomains or existing ones.

Subdomains

Subdomains allow you to create a separate website area or a completely new website. All are still using their main domain name. So it can be useful to add a prefix to your website domain name, such as support.domain.com. Your control panel needs to allow you to create as many sub-domains as needed. Your strength!

Add-On Domains

The Ost Control Panel will give you the option to add multiple domains to the hosting environment. You will find these as “add-on domains”. Now, you can choose to specify an add-on domain on a specific website. Or you can just park it if you don’t currently want a domain to point to any website. Note that a parked domain can point to an existing website. So in this case, every request for that domain is redirected to another website of your choice.

DNS Management

Can you think that all your DNS data was scattered? You can usually host all DNS data for a domain on your hosting environment. The entire range of DNS records, such as nameservers and A records, includes MX records and TXT records. The right hosting control panel for you will allow you to fully customize DNS for each add-on domain you host.

File Manager

The organization is the head. How can you keep track of all your files on your server? You need an easy way to upload, delete and manage these files. So your control panel should present a GUI that enables quick and easy file management. The simpler, the better. Because you use CMS such as WordPress, or not, file management is a basic daily task for logging. Resolving CMS issues with File Manager is also very fast. There is an alternative – enter FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to be honest, yet supported by most control panels. But FTP requires using a different software application that you must set to the side.

Mailbox Management

You will have multiple email accounts (also known as mailboxes) associated with each domain. Your control panel should also come to the rescue by allowing you to create, delete and otherwise manage these accounts. It is common for web hosting packages to include POP3 or IMAP email for free.

Mail forwarding

Another important feature that you should look for. It does not matter if you are forwarding to the internal email account or if the email account is hosted elsewhere. Another common practice for the control panel allows you to configure anti-spam solutions (including DKIM, SPF and DMARC). Handy because it provides you with monitoring and protection of incoming emails against the black list and open-source filtering database.

Logging and Monitoring

Each system administrator must stay on top of key usage statistics, such as visitor counts, memory usage, and total bandwidth usage. The control panel will help you identify websites that use an excessive amount of server resources. High bandwidth also enables you to avoid charges – before it is too late.

There are different hosting control panel tools. The most popular are:

cPanel
Plesk

cPanel

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cPanel is a popular control dashboard that helps you manage your web hosting server using a human-friendly web-based interface. It is particularly popular with shared hosts, where it is the de facto solution provided by the cheapest hosting providers. Without CPanel, you will need technical knowledge to manage your website / server. But with cPanel, you are able to make changes using a graphical interface – no technical knowledge is required.
cPanel is a Linux-based control panel that provides automation tools and GUIs to help users easily manage their websites and hosting accounts.

  • Actions available to administrators
  • Functions available to web hosting resellers
  • Available User Website Owners

In addition to the specific server system administration functionality (such as backup creation, file management, and resource usage analysis) you expect from a control panel, your cPanel account integrates with many third-party products so that you can manage multiple website-related tools Can do it in one place.
Sometimes cPanel is mentioned with WHM. cPanel is a “client-facing” product or you use things like editing your website files, creating new email accounts or managing your database.
WHM (which stands for Web Host Manager) is an administrative tool used to manage multiple cPanel accounts – if you have more than one website, you will probably have more than one cPanel, which you You can then manage it using WHM. Some web hosts that rely on CPanel’s products include GoDaddy, Bluehost, SiteGround and HostGator.

Feature of cPanel

File Manager

Use the file manager interface to manage your files. This feature allows you to upload, create, delete and edit files without the need for FTP or other third-party applications.

Images

Use the images interface to manage your images. You can view and resize images, or use this feature to change image file types.

Directory Privacy

Use the directory privacy interface to limit access to certain resources on your website. Enable this feature to password-protect specific directories that you do not want to allow visitors to access.

Disk Usage

Use the Disk Usage interface to scan your disk and see a graphical overview of your account’s available space. This feature can help you manage your disk expansion usage.

Web Disk

Use the web disk feature to access the files on your website as if they were a local drive on your computer.

FTP Accounts

Use the FTP Accounts interface to manage File Transfer Protocol (FTP) accounts.

FTP Connections

Use the FTP connection interface to view the current connection to your site via FTP. Terminate the FTP connection to prevent unauthorized or unwanted file access.

Anonymous FTP

Use the Anonymous FTP interface so that users can connect to your FTP directory without a password. Use of this feature can pose a security risk.

Backup

Use the backup interface to back up your website. This feature allows you to download a zipped copy of your cPanel account contents (home directory, database, email forwarder, and email filter) to your computer.

Backup Wizard

Use the Backup Wizard interface as a step-by-step guide to assist with backup creation.

Git™ Version Control

Use the Git version control interface to host the Git repository on your cPanel account.

File and Directory Restoration

Use the file and directory restoration interface to restore items from backup-up files.

Plesk

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Plesk bills itself as a tool designed to “help you build, secure and run your apps and websites” in a simple way. The company is slightly smaller than cPanel (cPanel was initially released in 1996, and Plesk was first shipped in 2001).
The Plesk panel is very similar to cPanel and WHM (you can think of Plesk as something that can replace both of these products). Unlike CPanel, Plesk is cross-platform and runs on Windows Server (as well as many different Linux distributions), so if you opt for Windows-based hosting, you most likely end up using Plesk Will be done.
Like CPanel / WHM, Plesk allows you to complete server system administration tasks for your server, as well as integrates with third-party tools so that you can manage multiple aspects of your website in one place .
However, note that you get both “client-facing” functionality and administrative functionality in one place, so you get a more powerful experience at the cost of a streamlined interface.
Plesk considers itself a complete “WebOps” server control panel, which means you need a robust website and server security, a control panel, the ability to manage multiple servers using a large amount of flexibility and control, and extensibility So that you can create a Plesk implementation that does exactly what you need to do.
Hosts that use Plesk for their Windows plans include GoDaddy & A2 Hosting, some businesses that rely on Plesk’s products include Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Docker, Google, and Node.js.

Features of Plesk

Docker Support

Docker – Docker is a tool designed to make applications easier to create, deploy and run using containers. You can deploy and manage those containers directly from the Plesk interface. You can create or upload your own image and install the containers locally or in a remote node registered in Plesk.

Integrated WordPress Toolkit

Many WordPress sites are easy to manage with the integrated WordPress toolkit.

WordPress Management

Developers can use plugins and theme mass management to keep all their installations automatically updated so that they reduce the likelihood of being hacked.

WordPress One-Click Hardening

Harden all your WordPress installations using a security scanner. Just check the items you want to harden and click safely. It is all automated and does not require login to any personal account.

WordPress Security Scanning

Plesk ensures that every WordPress site on your server is protected and automatically protects them by identifying any risks that may occur during the installation process.

Plugin and Theme Mass Management

Plesk’s WordPress toolkit allows you to apply any change to all installations with just one click. Users no longer have to log in to update, add, delete, and plug-in each individual WordPress installation.

Docker Support

All update settings can be done in one place with Plesk. System packages and panels can be set to automatic updates. You can disable or block a particular service package in a panel. You can also do a predictive update or upgrade for the package (package update as it is from the repose where it was installed)

System Update Tools

Plesk Onyx now supports DNSSEC to enable users to protect the DNS data of the host domain. The purpose of DNSSEC is to help secure the process of resolving the domain name and reduce the possibility of DNS spoofing. With Plesk, the auto-renewal period for the domain has expired, DNS zones are re-signing, and DNSSec’s server-wide management is now possible. You can turn the entire server on / off, perform key length management, and receive automatic updates to the parent domain zone on the same Plesk interface.

Ruby Support

Ruby is an interpreted language for quick and easy object-oriented programming. With Plesk, you get Ruby language support in the form of the Plesk extension. This makes application management easier as it allows users to scan, locate, deploy and restart applications. The Ruby engine is available in various versions and it defines the required environment variables.

Phyton Support

Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively. With Python, you get Nganex + Traveler support and are able to exchange information and instructions with the computer via CLI / API / UI.Gwit. This allows you to control (activate / disable) your Python support management. You can also choose the preferred Python version, restart the application server (traveler).

Full Git Integration

Git is a free open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Plesk also enables you to manage your Git, easily manage and deploy your website code.
Features:

  • Easily deploy your website content. Push into a local git repository or pull from a remote.
  • Use Git Hub, BitBucket, Travis, or any other software engineering service of your choice.
  • Create multiple branches in a single repository to separate the scaffold from the production code.
  • Manually deployed for total control or to save precious time with automated deployment.

SSL Improvements

Plesk Onyx can now provide greater security for your services and now includes a security advisory to enable all of your sites and services to be served with a valid SSL certificate. However, it does this through the Security Advisor extension, which provides an easy set of wizards to ensure that your Plesk login has a valid certificate, serving all sites via HTTPS Help and even generate certificates using Lets Encrypt.

Multi-server Administration

The multi-server extension is designed to give you and your clients a single entry point to control web space and subscriptions on the multiplayer ONEX server.
Multi-server support includes:

  • Automatically distribute web space or subscriptions on connected service nodes
  • Both the administrator and the client can access all their servers from one
  • Centralized account management from multiple Plesk instances
  • Distributed Memberships in Service Nodes.

Linux Cgroup Limits

This gives you the ability to add limitations and permissions to each subscription or service plan to prevent it from affecting other domains affecting a lot of resources in one domain. This will count the number of resources used for each user and limit them when the quota is met.
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