It is possible to directly by logging to the server to manage your hosting package, it is very risky and time-consuming. Control panels are very useful tools to manage domain names, install applications, create and manage email accounts, and uploading website’s files. So here are 7 of the most popular hosting control panels to manage your hosting packages:
cPanel is one of the most popular control panels and it’s only available for Linux operating system. It is also very beginner-friendly with a simple interface that allows you to navigate between the features. With a few clicks, you can change domain name settings, create and manage emails, including setting up spam filters, autoresponders, and email forwarders, Create and manage database, set up IP blockers and create password-protected directories, monitor server performance. There are also lots of third-party apps and tools for better productivity.
Official Site: https://www.cpanel.net
Plesk is available for both Windows and Linux. Thus it is very popular because there are not many control panels available for Windows. So, it is safe to say that Plesk is one of the most comfortable and easy panels for Windows. Plesk’s interface is also very simple and easy to navigate and it allows multiple servers to be managed in one single panel. There are 4 login levels in Plesk:
- Administrator: The highest level, it can manage and set up system items.
- Client/Reseller: It can create and manage groups of domain names, permissions.
- Domain Owner: It can only manage one domain manage and options are predetermined.
- Mail User: It’s the lowest level, it can only log in to webmail interface and manage passwords and spam filters.
Official Site: https://www.plesk.com
Webmin Web Panel is available for all Unix systems and it is completely free. It can also be installed on Windows but not all of the functions will be displayed for Windows OS. Webmin’s design is more complicated than others but it can be customized. There are several panels created by developers based on Webmin to meet different needs.
- Usermin: It is used for managing emails, setting up mail filters and passwords.
- Cloudmin: It is used to manage virtual servers.
- Virtualmin: It is used to manage multiple virtual hosts.
Official Site: http://www.webmin.com
hPanel is designed by the Hostinger team and it is only available for Linux distributives. It can be used only for shared hosting for now. It also offers a really easy interface to navigate. hPanel offers all the basic functions you may need. You can also manage your account security, such as setting up passwords for directories, block IPs and configure hotlink protection.
Official Site: https://www.hostinger.com
ISPmanager is a Linux-based control panel with a simple and basic design. There are Lite and Business versions of this web panel. Lite version can allow you to manage the web-server, create users with access levels, and import data from remote servers, thus it is mostly used for Dedicated and BBPS servers. The Business ISPmanager version is better for shared or reseller hosting services because it can manage multiple servers and create and manage user accounts easily.
Official Site: https://www.ispsystem.com/software/ispmanager
Direct Admin is available for Linux and BSD systems. It is also very user-friendly and easy-to-use and it is very cheap. It supports Administrator, User, and Reseller access levels. The main focus of this panel is simplicity but it also offers the most of the options offered by other panels. You can manage DNS, create a database and manage, create a backup and manage your files.
Official Site: https://www.directadmin.com
Sentora is also a free, modular, and open-source control panel with a nice looking and easy interface. It can be installed on many Linux distributions and other Unix-like operating systems. It is also possible to get technical support from its Community Forums.
Official Site: http://www.sentora.org