A web hosting control panel is a web-based interface provided by a web hosting service that allows users to manage their servers and hosted services. In general, most control panels implement a common set of features related to managing a website. Common features are related to file management, email accounts, backup and database management. Popular easy to use layouts and added value features such as 3rd party application management are also included with some control panel software. Below we have provided a comparison of the popular control panel software offered.
cPanel & WHM
As the most widely used hosting control panel, cPanel & WHM includes both a user-level interface (cPanel) and a server management interface (WHM). The two interfaces pair seamlessly to offer intuitive hosting and site management for end-users and resellers, as well as server administration tools. Additionally, Cpanel regularly releases security patches in addition to frequent feature updates ensuring a stable and secure operating environment. Here is a sampling of popular cPanel included features. MultiPHP enables site owners to easily manage the PHP, PHP-FPM, and pool option configurations of virtual hosts. AutoSSL provides every website hosted on a cPanel & WHM server a free SSL certificate in minutes.
CPHulk protects your site from attackers without preventing legitimate users from accessing your sites by allowing site owners to whitelist or blacklist entire countries, IP addresses, or accounts. Backup and Restore is made easy thru an easy to use interface allowing you to create and download a full backup of your complete files as well as restore if needed.
PCI Compliance is able to be achieved within minutes thru the WHM interface. Cpanel now has an account-based license structure where the amount you are billed for licensing is based on the number of accounts located on the server. Complete pricing details are as follows:
The new pricing structure will be as follows:
- cPanel Admin Cloud (up to 5 Accounts) $15.95/month
- cPanel Pro Cloud (up to 30 Accounts) $22.95/month
- cPanel Plus Cloud (up to 50 Accounts) $29.95/month
- cPanel Premier Cloud/Dedicated Server (up to 100 Accounts **) $39.95/month
**Each domain, after 100 will be billed at $0.20 per month per domain
The cPanel End User Interface allows you
• Publish a website
• Create emails & calendars
• Backup, transfer & manage files
• Manage domains
• Launch databases
The cPanel WHM Interface allows you
• Migrate new customers with ease
• Customize and brand your service
• View, analyze, & diagnose server stats
• Create cPanel accounts & hosting packages
• Secure your system at various levels
DirectAdmin is a relatively lightweight control panel that supports Linux. It has all of the basic features of a control panel, including support for multi-customer setups. All of the licenses are “unlimited domain” licenses.
DirectAdmin offers 3 access levels: Admin, Reseller, User, Server & administrators can click the “licensing / updates” button to view the current license and version status. There is no need to manually download, extract, and install.
DirectAdmin performs all updates automatically.
DirectAdmin is designed to be as unique as your business.
Every aspect of the DirectAdmin interface can be changed, and new designs are easily imported through the “skins” menu. There is no limit to the number of domains or user accounts that can be hosted with DirectAdmin. Site-Helper is designed to help you and your customers use DirectAdmin. We provide full instructions on every DirectAdmin feature, along with plenty of pictures and examples.
- Direct Admin Dedicated server – unlimited domains is $19.95/m
- Direct Admin Cloud/VPS server – unlimited domains is $9.95/m
Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. It is completely free and a very limited interface for managing websites. Since it is a free interface, updates and security patches are not released regularly. It is not recommended for customers with limited server management capabilities.