control panel differences, which is best for you?

Which control panel is right for you?

When selecting a web management panel for managing your website and your website’s content it is important to remember your skill level. Some control panels have clean and clear user interfaces which make them easy to navigate for the end user/webmaster. Other panels have more complex user interfaces such as cPanel and require a more experienced end user/webmaster to manage. When you’re selecting a panel there are a few things that you should consider, budget, UI (User Interface) and how user-friendly the control panel is for you to navigate.

Budget is important and plays a significant role when you are selecting your panel. There are allot comparisons on the internet relating to this topic, without mentioning, at the end of the day everything costs money. If you find an open source or free to use control panel like zpanel you still need to install it on a server, right? Right. So it’s not really free. This is one of the things that allot of blogs forget to mention or neglect to inform you.

cPanel Control Panel
cPanel User interface, clean and easy to navigate

How do you know which control panel is the right one?

It takes a bit more than just choosing a panel. Also, it depends on the type of content that you are hosting. Example, if you’re hosting a HTML and CSS content site you could use cPanel, zpanel or almost any other, you could even host this content without a control panel (if you are experienced enough). If you have a website that runs using or .aspx you will require windows compatible panel, a common choice for managing .asp sites is parallels also know as Plesk panel.

Installing my chosen panel

Before you begin to install any panel on your server, you will want to check that you meet the minimum requirements needed for running the application on the server. As an example, I have listed the minimum requirements for cPanel and Plesk.

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Minimum Requirements:

Network Requirements:
  • A registered fully-qualified hostname that does not match any of your server’s domains
  • IP Addresses – Valid IP, Valid Subnet, and Default gateway IP address
  • Ethernet – Properly configured ethernet device with static IP address and qualified hostname
  • Firewalls – Operating system firewalls must be disabled prior to installation
  • Utilities  – NetworkManager must be disabled prior to installation
Hardware Requirements:
  • Operating System – Must be CentOS 6, CloudLinux or RHEL
  • Processing Power – 226MHz minimum
  • Memory – Between 768 MB and 2 GB
  • Disk space – 20GB minimum
  • OS Architecture – 64-bit OS

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Minimum Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:
  • Operating System (Recomended) – CentOS 7.x or Windows Server 2012
  • Memory (Linux) – Between 512 MB and 1 GB
  • Memory (Windows) – Between 1 GB – 2 GB
  • Disk space (Linux) – 10GB minimum
  • Disk space (Windows) – 32GB minimum
  • OS Architecture – 64-bit OS

I hope that by reading this article it helps you when choosing a Control Panel.


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