cPanel VPS Hosting Vs Plesk VPS Hosting

My oh my how things have changed! Since we started hosting in 2002, we had very limited options and a VPS wasn't even heard of at that point. Fast forward to now and you have so many choices with both cPanel and Plesk gaining market share and brand awareness.

Previously, for Linux users, you had a Linux cPanel VPS, a Linux Plesk VPS, and other open source options available and for Windows users, you mainly had Windows Plesk VPS as your only option. But now, cPanel has released their new Windows Enkompass control panel that provides most of the options of cPanel but is configured for Windows with additional Windows configuration and setting options.

Linux cPanel VPS or Windows Enkompass VPS Features

For Linux users, the cPanel / WHM (WebHost Manager) is by far the most popular control panel and is the most sought after control panel by web hosting clients. A cPanel VPS includes both the WHM login and the cPanel client login for management. cPanel provides an intuitive interface to help website owners manage their sites, while WebHost Manager (WHM) automates server management tasks for server administrators. Together, they reduce overhead by simplifying complex tasks and allowing customers to manage their own accounts. Professionals and novices alike love the power cPanel and WHM offers, including the ability to activate new web technologies with the click of a mouse. This allows your company to meet the needs of today's hosting customers with minimal effort.

cPanel recently released VPS Optimized for those using a Virtual Private Server. VPS Optimized automates performance settings to provide an out of the box enhanced hosting solution. Reducing overall memory consumption is the goal of VPS Optimized 2.0. It boasts a 12-15 Megabyte reduction in standing memory usage. Add that to the nearly 60% memory usage reduction from previous versions. This is accomplished while retaining all functionality of a regular cPanel/WHM installation.

cPanel, the client administration client that is designed for website owners simplifies tasks such as uploading and managing web pages, creating email accounts, installing web-based applications, abuse protection, website statistics, viewing error logs, setting up parked domains, adding add-on domains, and much more site-related tasks.

WHM, the WebHost Manager, is designed for server administrators such as those with a Virtual Private Server. The WHM client allows you to setup and modify cPanel accounts, receive alerts if the server goes down, install applications, create hosting plans, integrate web technologies, upgrade apache, and even allows you to brand cPanel interfaces with custom logos if you so desire.

Linux Plesk VPS or Windows Plesk VPS Features

One of the major advantages of the Plesk control panel is simplicity. Whereas cPanel has two applications, the client and server management (WHM), Plesk combines it all under one login destination and they use different logins that grant access to administrator, reseller, client, domain owner, or mail user privileges.

Parallels Plesk Panel has a redesigned cleaner and easier to navigate interface. Your most commonly used tasks will be available to you immediately and all menu options have been streamlined allowing you to get what you need done efficiently and with minimal hassle. Parallels Plesk Panel comes with many additional skins and gives users the ability to design custom skins and manage them in the browser-based interface. Use the custom desktop feature to design and brand the panel to your specifications.

With Parallels Plesk working on and releasing Plesk 10, they are constantly innovating and adding new features to make their control panel as easy and painless to manage for clients. With 10.0, they have added service plans and subscriptions, easier multiple domain hosting management, multiple FTP account management for Linux, a new administration panel for administrators, a health monitor to track server health, and a new integrated customer and business manager module to manage billing, store fronts, online payments, and accounting.

Whereas in years past, Parallels Plesk didn't have all the features and functionality of the cPanel control panel, that has changed. Now, the features for Linux Plesk or Windows Plesk and Linux cPanel or Windows Enkompass are comparatively the same. As we mentioned, the major differences between the two brands is the layout and usability. When it comes down to choosing, visit and and try the available demos and see which one feels better to you.

VPS Hosting Review: So, Do You Recommend cPanel or Plesk?

Unfortunately, to make things confusing, VPS Hosting Review currently recommends both.

Based on our comparison of cPanel 11.28 and Parallels Plesk Panel 10 Marketing Preview, we use and recommend Linux cPanel VPS and recommend Windows Plesk VPS for those who need a Windows based client. Our reasoning is simple, for Linux, cPanel is the most widely used and trusted control panel and for Windows, the Windows Plesk control panel is currently the most widely used and trusted platform.

We choose the most widely used platform because customers have the widest selection of options, choices, and pricing. For instance, in late 2013, the Windows Enkompass brand only has a select few hosts that currently offer Enkompass to their clients. We expect this to change as Enkompass gains branding and awareness, but until then, we would recommend Plesk for those that need dependable Windows hosting for ASP, .NET, and MS SQL needs.

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