cPanel Vs Plesk Control Panel

For people looking at website hosting, it is a known fact that Plesk and cPanel are one of the leading types of control panels. Both the options will allow you to automate tasks, control the applications that are installed and monitor permissions. Take a look at the pros and cons of picking either of the two available options.

cPanel is a widely picked alternative as a control panel among shared hosting users. A number of Linux based operating systems such as FreeBSD, Red Hat Linux and CentOS are supported by cPanel. Though introduced relatively recently, Plesk supports operating systems on both Linux and Windows such as Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat Linux, FreeBSD and Windows Server 2008 and 2003. Clearly, the wide support offered by Plesk with respect to operating systems gives it an edge over cPanel as providers find it convenient to implement it alike on both Windows and Linux systems. On Windows, Plesk will require a 1GHz processor, 32GB of storage space and 1GB RAM.

If you are looking to avail of advanced features, Plesk is an ideal choice as it offers features like improved clustering support, separate admin UI, power saver mode and facilities for monitoring the health of the system that are not otherwise available on most other control panels. However, much to Plesk's disadvantage, these very features make it difficult to operate and therefore, not a recommended option for beginners. However, hosting providers and users both would agree that cPanel offers a friendly user interface and a VPS control panel interface that is graphical and is easier to learn and operate.

All in all, both cPanel and Plesk perform the same functions; just that they apply different sets of features to accomplish the task at hand. Keeping the requirements of your system in mind, you can opt for either of the two options available

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