Plesk vs cPanel

The Ultimate Face-off: Plesk and cPanel

When it comes to choosing a web hosting control panel, the one thing you might want to consider first is which of the web hosting control panels will be suitable for you. Both dominate the market of server management tools with a good reputation and customer trust.

Thus comes the question, which is a better one? Read on to find out!

What is Web Hosting control panel?

Web Hosting control panels provide a web-based interface to manage your hosting. The common things you should do with hosting control panels are:

  • Manage your domain name (example:
  • Manage your files on the server
  • Manage email accounts (
  • Manage databases
  • Server security management
  • Install server software

About Plesk and cPanel

User Interfaces

From the user point of view, Plesk provides a cleaner graphic user interface (GUI) which makes it simpler to understand and easy to use. The interface is more streamlined with all the tools grouped on the left of the screen. You will find more options hidden under each tool.

cPanel does not group the features and tools and make it look cluttered. It allows the user to customize the home screen, giving them the convenience to find things easily.


Security should be one of the highest concerns when it comes to your company website or E-Commerce store. Both Plesk and cPanel are focused on security. Although their security features are different, both make the server bulletproofs.


  • Plesk Firewall – Plesk’s custom firewall that you can configure.
  • AutoSSL – automatically installs and renews Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.
  • ImunifyAV – intelligent antivirus and monitoring tools: one-click malware cleanup, domain reputation monitoring, blacklist status checking.
  • Fail2ban – a tool to scan log files and ban IP addresses that appear to be doing malicious things.
  • Spam defence for emails


  • AutoSSL – automatically installs and renews Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.
  • cPHulk brute force protection.
  • Supports CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall).
  • Email spam filters
  • Each user also gets to use: SSH access, IP blocker, hotlink protection, leech protection, ModSecurity, two-factor authentication.


Plesk is available on both Linux distributions and Windows Server, whereas cPanel is only available on Linux operating systems.

Plesk works with 14 Linux distros which include Debian, CentOS, and Ubuntu. This is an addition to being compatible with Windows servers. cPanel only supports CentOS, CloudLinux and RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Which is better?

A Quick Summary for both Web Hosting control panels:

Works onBoth Linux and Windows operating systems are supported.

  • Windows family: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012)
  • Linux family: Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, Cloudlinux 6-7, Virtuozzo, Red Hat Enterprise 6-7
cPanel is Linux control panel. Supported distributives: CentOS, Cloud Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Web Server Apache, NGINX with cachingApache with Nginx caching
AdministrationUnified authorization procedure for users and administrators.cPanel basically consists of cPanel and WHM – WHM is accessible only for server-related administrational tasks. cPanel access gives control only over the website.
SecurityA lot of security features are provided from the box e.g. Plesk Firewall, Revisium Antivirus, Fail2banAutoSSL, cPHulk, built-in support of CSF/LFD and some other useful features
WordPress supportWordPress Toolkit provides a full list of automation & management features vital for the scalable WordPress infrastructure support.cPanel’s WordPress Manager is far away from perfection.
Extensions/Add-onsPlesk comes with the ecosystem of various extensions, covering all possible needs of any server administrator.

Among these extensions are Security Advisor, WordPress Toolkit, Joomla! Toolkit, Let’s Encrypt SSL support, SEO Toolkit etc.
Extra apps are available via auto-installers.
DBMSMySQL / MariaDB / MSSQL Server databases can be managed via a web browser.MySQL/MariaDB databases management via web interface
SSLLet’s Encrypt + SymantecAutoSSL with Let’s Encrypt
Mobile accessibilityYesNo
BackupsReady to use solutions based on Dropbox, Acronis, Google DriveCompatibility issues can be spotted between various cPanel backup versions.
TechnologiesSupport of Docker, Git, Node.js, WordPress ToolkitDocker, Node.Js & Git can be still supported by cPanel
(Workaround more sophisticated)

So, which is better? We’re afraid there are no straightforward answers. Both of these web hosting control panels are excellent and come with the features that are essential for you and your case.

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