Top 5 Popular Control Panels for VPS Management

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The control panel for VPS is a very important part of administration. This tool greatly simplifies the work and allows you to easily adjust the settings for all applications. With this panel on the server, the basic software is installed, which is absolutely necessary for hosting sites, a web server, a database, a DNS server, a database management system, a mail server, and web server configuration files.

Administration of all this, of course, is possible directly from the server, but it requires certain knowledge and concepts in administration and programming. One mistake and the site may be vulnerable to cybercriminals! However, there is a very good alternative – this is managing all the content on the server using the control panels.

We hope that this article will help you determine the choice of a control panel that is most suitable for you for your work.
This article will introduce the top five control panels. After a detailed review, we hope that you will start working with one of them!

CPanel control panel

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This control panel is only available on Linux-based operating systems. It is one of the most popular control panels for virtual servers. It has both a graphical interface and a server management interface through WHM.

If a site is located on your server, then you can manage the site using both the graphical interface and WHM. This control panel is ideal for beginners as well as for developers with great knowledge of the console.

The capabilities of this control panel are very large! Various functions are located on one page, which is a very big advantage in the convenience of managing this panel. Moreover, all functions have a brief description of what they are intended for. We will give the main functions below:

  • Instantly Administration of your domain name;
  • Creation and management of a database;
  • Server performance monitoring;
  • A log of messages, updates and errors;
  • Security features, IP blocking;
  • Creating and administering your mail, setting up mail servers.

CPanel includes a fairly large number of free software, the main programs are such as: Apache, MySQL, PHP, exim. CPanel can be installed on other distributions (in addition to those on which it has support, and this is: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, FreeBSD) Linux, but this may require more effort from the administrator than using the OS recommended by the manufacturer.

When using FreeBSD, you must follow the recommendation of the Cpanel developers and not use binary packages to install new software, but use only ports.

However, it is worth considering that this control panel also has its drawbacks:

  • When adding an additional domain, cPanel automatically creates a subdomain (already existing to the main domain). This lends itself negatively to indexing sites;
  • Navigation is possible only on the main page, and to go to another section you will need to return to the main menu, which creates some inconvenience.

ISPmanager control panel

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This commercial vps control panel allows you to manage software: web server (Apache, Nginx), mail server (Exim/Sendmail/Postfix) and other related programs. It is a fairly modern vps control panel. It includes a convenient and simple interface.

ISPsystem has developed this control panel and incredible often updates it and supports its product, which always manages to remain at a high level of service. This panel is used to manage servers and to provide virtual hotsing services. Therefore, ISPsystem released two versions of this software – Lite and Business.

The main functions of ISPmanager are the following:

  • User account management (Business version). This function is useful if you plan to engage in reselling;
  • Database management;
  • FTP and everything related to it.
  • Magazines and statistics;
  • Server settings necessary for operation, instantly domain name management;
  • backup of different levels.

Comparison between two control panels: of cPanel and ISPmanager

If you compare cPanel with the same ISPmanager, then cPanel is reliable and stable for working with hosting, and errors that may occur are very rare, which is reflected in the reputation of the control panel. But in any case, and on any hosting, you need to make fresh backup copies of information. Backups are a great habit for any hosting user. ISPmanager is also fairly stable software, but updates often occur that can make work difficult.  

So, when we talk about stability, we recommend that you use cPanel, since there is no difficulty in updating this control panel.


Both of these control panels are very popular (mainly for users living in Eastern Europe and Asia), but cPanel still owns the world light. If we take into account the difference in price for these panels, then for a separate vps ISPmanager the price will be significantly lower than that of cPanel.


According to most users, as well as experts, the cPanel panel is more reliable and stable. However, you need to take into account the fact that Hosting malfunctions can often occur precisely because of panel software updates or incompatible configurations.


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This commercial panel was developed in Russia, in the city of Novosibirsk, and was first released by the American company Plesk Inc. In July 2003, it was acquired by SWsoft. This control panel allows the server administrator to create sites, DNS records, accounts and much more (which will be discussed later).

The latest version of Plesk supports integration with Github and Docker and simultaneous management of several servers, and also provides a ready-made development platform using Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails and other software tools.

This panel also improves system reliability and performance with PHP FastCGI support. Plesk’s implementation of IIS7 helps Windows users quickly and easily launch new services to the market. This control panel has all the necessary resources in order to easily and conveniently work with web servers, as well as support for Apache, MSSQL, E-Mail, IIS, MySQL, DNS and more.

There are so many advantages to using this panel. Choosing Plesk you are guaranteed to get:

  • safety of work with the panel;
  • simple and convenient interface;
  • function for differentiating administrator access levels to the panel: Plesk server administrator, reseller, client;
  • automation of management of many server features;
  • fine-tuning php on each site;
  • availability of a mobile version for monitoring and managing servers from devices on iOS, Android and Blackberry.

Speaking about the disadvantages, the following can be distinguished: this is a high resource consumption and a limitation on the number of domains. However, if for your work these shortcomings are not very significant, then this control panel is your best choice and an indispensable assistant.

Vesta Control Panel

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This control panel is called the “excellent free alternative” for managing vps. Vesta has all the features for quick and convenient operation, without the need for “manual” editing of configuration files. This control panel greatly simplifies the process of working with the web server.

If you, as the administrator of your service, do not have time to work with the console, you can install Vesta Panel, configure the server once for your project and no longer connect to the server without urgent need.

This panel fully supports:

  • Apache + nginx as a web server;
  • DNS server;
  • Mail server, including setting up DKIM, spam filters and anti-virus;
  • Stable version of PHP;
  • MySQL 5.5 Database Management System;
  • As well as monitoring server load.

This proves the ambiguity of working with this panel. In this control panel, in the Users section, you can create a new user, as well as appoint or remove an administrator. Select a “package” for the user. In this case, the package is some hosting restrictions, such as the number of sites, domains, databases, etc. Something like tariff plans.

A very important and significant element of this panel is the following: this panel has a BACKUP section, it contains backups. By default, VESTA makes 3 copies, each new one replaces the previous one. From copies, you can restore the database, mail, domain settings, or site files separately. You can do it all at once.

In the end result, when you have all the necessary functions for managing a site or several sites at once, Vesta Control Panel is suitable not only for managing your projects, but also for managing “strangers”. If you are a small web studio, then you definitely need to pay attention to this control panel.

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This hosting control panel, developed in Canada by JBMC Software in 2003. Thanks to the API, you can create your own scripts. It contains a very clear navigation system without an abundance of functions and menus. High speed and low system requirements.

  • DirectAdmin is able to create user and reseller user account templates;
  • Manage DNS;
  • View system information and statistics of spent resources;
  • Perform updates;
  • Manage mail;
  • Create backups;
  • Create MySQL databases and much more

This control panel is known for its stability. A special system of recovery from failures allows you to avoid downtime in the server.

DirectAdmin automatically restarts services when they crash. It is a more competent control panel than cPanel, while consuming much less resources, which means it works faster and more stable.