In today’s market there are over thousands of shared website hosting providers, with new ones popping up each and every day. Amoung the most notable ones are hosting providers such as Bluehost, Hostgator. All of these companies, particularly the new ones do not have the time or money to develop their own software. This is understandable since it would be both expensive, time consuming and a waste of time, especially when you have thousands of similar companies developing on essentially the exact same thing. So what is the solution you may ask? All in one control panels of course!
To solve this companies such as Cpanel and many others have emerged, and that is great! But this too comes with problems, the most obvious one being: what do you choose, what is the best one, and why? In this article, I will be listing the top three shared website hosting control panels, along with what makes them stand out and why so many providers choose to use them.
A shared hosting control panel is expected to deliver the following:
- Email. The ability to send and recieve emails with your own custom domain name. [email protected]
- Automated backup and restore points.
- FTP server
- MySQL Database management
- Ability to manage multible websites/subdomains.
- And much more..
Cpanel is undoubtedly the most popular choice among shared website hosting providers, with an estimated 23,018 companies using it. Because of this most customers know how to use and navigate through Cpanel. This, in turn, will make it so new and old companies might prefer to stick with Cpanel to not confuse the old customers.
Cpanel is an online Linux-based web hosting control panel written in Perl that currently only supports Centos based operating systems. With Cpanel, you also have the ability to install third-party plugins to add even more features out over the ones included.
Plesk, like Cpanel, is a commercial web hosting platform with a control panel that allows for a server administrator to set up new websites, reseller accounts, e-mail accounts, and DNS entries through a web-based interface. (reference) Unlike Cpanel, Plesk supports both Linux and windows based operating system, and on top of that, the licensing cost is around 25% less, $15 vs Cpanel’s $20. Although unlike Cpanel, Plesk is unable to communicate with third-party software, meaning that you are essentially stuck with whatever the Plesk developers release.
Froxlor is a free, relatively unknown and open source software, unlike the other ones that I have listed above that are payware. This software markets itself as an alternative to Cpanel.
There are many different choices to choose from depending on your needs and budget. Freeware or payware? All of them come with their own select features, some of them allow for third-party software, some of them do not. So whether you are a hosting provider or an everyday customer at, I ask you, what would you choose? Feel free to comment down below telling me why and if I have missed anything :).