Typically when hosting a single website or multiple websites it’s advisable to use a control panel such as cPanel. This helps streamline some of the tasks related to hosting. Although control panels such as cPanel and Plesk are phenomenal, not everyone wants to pay the necessary licensing fee to use them. With that in mind, you may be wondering if there are any free control panels that are comparable to cPanel or Plesk… and the answer is yes! The focus of this article will be to go over some of the free alternatives to cPanel to help you pick a package that’s exactly right for you.
With over 100,000 worldwide installations, Virtualmin is an candidate for your control panel for Linux and BSD systems and should be considered during your search for a free control panel. There are two flavors of Virtualmin; An open source version which is community supported and a premium version, which has more features and dedicated support. If you’re interested in seeing more of what Virtualmin has to offer or if you’d like to try it, please visit https://www.virtualmin.com/. Virtualmin offers the following features and a more detailed explanation can be found at https://www.virtualmin.com/features
- Install Scripts
- Alerts, Graphs, and Logs
- Backups and Cloud Integration
- User and Reseller Accounts and ACLs
- Domain Accounts
Touted as the simple & clever hosting control panel, Vesta is a very easy and lightweight control panel for Linux based systems. While the control panel itself is free, Vesta also offers commercial plugins to expand its functionality. One of the appeals of using Vesta is the simple and clear interface that it provides to help reduce unnecessary clutter and actions that can be performed. If you’d like to learn more about Vesta please visit their site. If you’d like to view a live demo of Vesta please visit https://demo.vestacp.com/. There is also quite a bit of documentation to learn how to use this Control Panel to help you get started at https://vestacp.com/docs/ .
CentOS Web Panel
Another excellent option to choose from that is Free, would be the CentOS Web Panel. This web panel is easy to use in a similar fashion as WHM / cPanel, however is less Icon based. The Interface is still easy to navigate and find exactly what you are looking for in the clearly organized options in the side bar. Additional information about the CentOS Web Panel can be found here. CentOS Web Panel also has a demo available to test out on their site. This control panel can be installed on CentOS, RHEL and CloudLinux Operating Systems, hence the name. Features of the CentOS Web Panel would include,
- Apache Web Server
- PHP (suPHP, SuExec + PHP Version Switcher)
- MySQL / MariaDB with phpMyAdmin
- Postfix, Dovecot and Roundcube Webmail for the emails
- CSF Firewall
- And optional backups
There is a wide variety of the control panels available, so you are not limited in what can be chosen. This article was just a brief overview of the available Free control panels that you can pick.
- How To Install Virtualmin (CentOS 7) – A neat guide that details the process of installing the Virtualmin Control panel on the CentOS operating system.
- Installing CentOS Web Panel On CentOS 7 – A guide detailing the installation process involved with CentOS web panel on the CentOS 7 Operating System.