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Plesk vs cPanel

Plesk Vs cPanel

cPanel and Plesk are the top server panels. While each has pluses and minuses, the best choice should be based on the features that most closely accommodate your environment and your clients.

User interfaces

Of the two web hosting control panels, Plesk is widely considered to have a cleaner graphical user interface (GUI), and is a bit easier to use. The Plesk interface is more streamlined and has features grouped in a list down the left-hand side. When clicked these expand to show further options. The cPanel interface, however, does not group the features and tools as helpfully, and is often seen as being more cluttered. cPanel does allow for customisation of the home screen to make it a bit easier to find things as well.

Performance

Generally, cPanel loads faster than Plesk. cPanel is the web hosting control panel that has really focused on optimising the performance. By focusing on reducing the amount of memory required, cPanel developers were able to speed up the page-load times within the panel, as well achieve faster times for account creation and other server management tasks.

Features and tools

Out of the box, Plesk and cPanel both provide users with the same primary features for server and account management. Both can be used to configure DNS settings, manage email accounts, run FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and manage databases. Although it is possible to add extra apps to cPanel, Plesk comes with support for more useful apps and extensions straight from the box. Plesk has support for Docker on Linux, with a catalogue of over 200,000 Docker images that can be launched from within the Plesk web hosting control panel. Plesk is also compatible with Git through the Gitman extension. There are workarounds to get Docker and Git running with cPanel, but they’re much more complex than with Plesk.

Security

Both Plesk and cPanel are heavily focused on security. Although the features are different, Plesk and cPanel both come with numerous security tools. cPanel security tools include: Automatic SSL certificate installation, password-protected directories and IP address denials.Plesk security features include: fail2ban intrusion prevention, inbound and outbound email antispam and active directory integration.

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