As a business owner or website developer, you are managing your website, you have to various changes in it. Like you have to add new pages, you have to put the information about new products and services or you just have to regularly update the content of your website to improve search engine ranking of the website. So the point is you frequently need to manage all your website related stuff from the central board of administration. i.e. control panel. When it comes to managing the server of your website, you are probably looking for something that allows you to do what you need to do with the least possible complications. This implies that you prefer a type of control panel, although all the server-related tasks you need to do can be done through a command-line interface. Obviously, one or the other is a good choice, but there are always pros and cons that determine which one is best for you.
For example, if you have chosen a web hosting plan that offers cPanel, while some will prefer Plesk over cPanel. Once you have chosen the plan, you cannot choose between the two. I want to focus on the fact that the control panel is the most important thing to be considered before you start using any web hosting service. Assuming that you need a more powerful plan such as dedicated hosting or VPS hosting, this one will certainly help you to choose a control panel.
Let’s check out what are the most important things you should know about Plesk and cPanel!
The General characteristics of a control panel:
The main purpose of a control panel is to provide you with as many useful features as you need to easily manage your website and server. This gives you full command over your web hosting plan as well as on the server that saves all the data of your website. Here I am listing out the major generic features you can find in a control panel:
- The control panel lets you manage all aspects of your IP address and your domain name.
- You get full access to your website databases.
- The 1-click installer allows you to do install plugins and software in just a few clicks.
- With the control panel, you can create and store a copy of your all-important data in case of any misfortunes.
- You can transfer your files at any time via FTP
- It is extensible, which means you can install useful extensions
- You can access and manage your online file system
- You can manage your emails in a few clicks. You can implement firewalls and spam protection from cyber attacks.
cPanel Control Panel:
Generally, new users prefer cPanel to create domain names and launch web hosting packages. This is due to the fact that non-technical users also could use cPanel very easily. To use cPanel is not at all difficult even anyone can install and operate it without any difficulty. With cPanel you can make any changes overnight. Linux OS supports cPanel. Therefore, if you are used to Windows or another operating system, then this control panel should not be your choice.
cPanel operates in 3 different ways according to your usages rights like administrator or reseller or the owner of an end user’s website. These three roles allow you to make the use of different features of cPanel. cPanel allows you to do everything that can be done in a typical control panel. This includes the management of resources, backups, and files. On the other hand, it also allows you to install many plugs and play extensions, which can help you a lot in the tasks related to your website.
WHM with cPanel:
You can use WHM with cPanel. WHM is an abbreviation of Web Hosting Manager. If you have multiple cPanel accounts, you can use this extension to manage them more easily. People who have many websites still have an interest in using a separate cPanel for each one. In these cases, using a WHM can help you a lot. In terms of security, cPanel Support for CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall) and Email spam filters. Also, the user is allowed to use SSH access, IP blocker, hotlink protection, leech protection, ModSecurity, two-factor authentication.
Plesk Control Panel:
Plesk is ideal for all types of server environments, such as shared, dedicated, and virtual private servers. It can also meet the needs of web hosting services by enabling complete customization, useful for the host and the end-user. Outstanding stability is one of the benefits of Plesk. It will protect websites from cyber attacks, malware, and server-side failures. Plesk’s extra layer of protection avoids website fail down.
In the case of errors in the database, Plesk has an in-built mechanism for troubleshooting of errors. So, if we encounter problems/errors in the WordPress or Joomla database, we can try the one-click repair option in Plesk. This helps us to recognize the error and correct it. Plesk is compatible with Mobile devices. Even you can access Plesk on Mobile Apps.
Plesk does not differ much from cPanel. If you add a WHM to your cPanel, you will get the same functionality that you can find in Plesk. There is no need for extensions for Plesk. This control panel is capable of managing multiple websites at the same time. If you do not want a Linux solution, you must choose Plesk instead of cPanel. It runs on Windows, but you can also run it on some versions of Linux if you’re really a fan of this control panel.
Most of the hosting companies that prefer Windows as the operating system include Plesk as a control panel option. Plesk also has the main features that allow you to manage your hosting plan. With all the tools and features, you get an extremely efficient interface that lets you control everything. Designed for inexperienced users, it does not require much time to get used to it. When we consider pricing, Plesk is costly as compared to cPanel. To sum up, Plesk is the ultimate control panel that brings together all the basic tools and features.
In this article, we showed you the main differences between Plesk and cPanel. Choose your ideal control panel based on your needs, compatibility with the Operating System that you want to use, features, price of hosting plan, etc. Now it’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your goals.
Thank you so much for reading this blog. I hope you got the idea of the control panel and the difference between cPanel and Plesk.