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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 wonder if there are any free control panels 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 a candidate for your control panel for Linux and BSD systems and should be considered during your search for a free control panel. Virtualmin has two flavors_**;_ An open-source version that 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.
Touted as the simple & clever hosting control panel, Vesta is a straightforward 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/.
Another excellent option to choose from that is Free would be the CentOS Web Panel. This web panel is easy to use, similar to WHM / cPanel. However, it 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 sidebar. 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,
There is a wide variety of 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.
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Written by Michael Brower / March 28, 2017