Choosing a control panel that suits your business requirements is important. Cpanel/WHM and Plesk both are very rich featured control panels but they are organized completely differently. In fact these two are the most dominant control panels on the web hosting market. This article will help you to choose between cpanel and plesk as it narrates both pros and cons of each control panel.
cPanel is one of the most popular and widely-used control panels. It allows a business to manage and maintain most of the server operations. The basics, such as email and file hosting, are handled with ease. The Fantastico package allows one-click installation of popular software packages, such as blogs, forums, and merchandise catalogs. Going a little deeper, domain name server (DNS) management is also available. A business that wishes to resell VPS services will also find cPanel an excellent solution, as WHM cPanel allows managing multiple virtual servers from a single control panel.
Your Business needs:
The intuitive design of cpanel allows it to perform fast and efficiently on most of the servers. Unlike other control panels it does not need an external database for back-end support. This in turn improves the loading times. Cpanel offers more features than one utilizes plesk. It can also be integrated with several add on applications like Fantastico, RV Skins and CFS firewall and thus provides the end users a wide variety of functionality as well.
In-spite of these advantages, cpanel works only in Linux platform. This restricts users from windows platform.
Plesk is the big one in the control panel world; its intended more for those customers who desire the advantages of server hosting but have high-end control needs. Plesk does all the fundamentals. Email management, file hosting, DNS control, site building, and automated application installation all are available. But Plesk provides a step further in managing multiple virtual servers. Extensive control to the base operating system level can also be exerted. One instance of the Plesk control panel is that it can handle a large number of virtual machines. Plesk also offers a configurable billing module, allowing clients to be automatically billed for their usage.The Plesk Power Pack allows the hosting of Java applications, and the administration and sub-allocation of SQL databases in a Windows hosting environment.
Your Business needs:
Plesk allows you to maintain a multiple servers from a single interface which sows its cluster functionality. Unlike cpanel plesk supports both windows and Linux platforms. The end-users also benefit as they often have access to both Windows and Linux features. It also provides tight windows service integration such as microsoft SQL server.
In contrast to cPanel Plesk does not integrate third party software other than Microsoft products as added functionality. Because of this plesk is not that popular in Linux even though it supports both Linux and Windows. The mere structure of plesk leads to slow performance particularly in Linux platform.
In conclusion, cPanel and Plesk both are excellent control panels with its pros and cons. Cpanel is suitable for who prefer Linux while plesk tends to be preferred by windows hosting. Both should suit your needs depending on your requirements.