Server Control Panels

When choosing a control panel the first thing you should think about is if the panel is "user friendly". Your web hosting customers will range from newbies to the more complex users, so finding a control panel that would appeal to both types of users may be difficult. Without a doubt, everyone likes a control panel that is easy to navigate so they can find the information/tools they are looking for. Each control panel we have listed below are all well known and respected companies.

1. HostFlow

HostFlow has just been introduced into the hosting automation market and its features rich control panel is already shaking the traditional industry players. HostFlow is the only software on the market that allows to sell web hosting packages, bulk web services and dedicated servers through direct and indirect sales channels. The complete and seamless integration of modules like; server mgt, service mgt, customer mgt, order mgt, billing mgt, help desk, and a true open architecture for evolution makes HostFlow a powerful hosting business automation software. Their one time fee pricing structure including unlimited domains is also an attractive competitive advantage. So, if you are looking for a solution that automates every aspect of the hosting services delivery process, HostFlow may be your best bet.

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2. Plesk

Plesk offers what they call a PSA which is simply Plesk Server Administrator. It works on both Unix and Linux web based servers. It allows hosting companies to offer a feature rich control panel to their clients. A comprehensive reseller option is also available. The levels of use are Master Level (Server Admin) which allows you to manage multiple servers, Server Level which manages a single server, Reseller Level which allows you to signup and register resellers who in turn can manage their clients, and Domain Level which is the basic user level.

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3. Ensim

This control panels offer an array of features and four levels of administration including a reseller option. It monitors bandwidth, and it has the option for both Windows and Linux Platforms. Some of the options that are available are limited when compared to some of the other control panels listed in this section.

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4. H-Sphere

This is probably the most complex of all hosting control panels available on the market. The features are practically unlimited. This software integrates the power of resellers along with complete automation and billing. If you are looking for a complete automated web hosting control panel then H-Sphere maybe the answer for you.

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5. Cpanel

Arguably one of the most popular control panels on the market. Cpanel is only available through distributors and is a very feature rich control panel which offers daily updates. It offers an easy to use control panel for both your users and resellers, and the administration option called Web Host Manager is also very user friendly.

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6. Zervex

Zervex DSM is a great interface for hosting companies or webmasters who wish to manage several websites on a single server or a group of servers via a web browser and need a powerful browser based interface. Zervex DSM has three levels of interfaces; Server Administrator, Reseller and End User. All interfaces are graphically identical to provide ease of support at every level. With the use of the plug-ins manager your End Users have the ability to install 30+ pieces of open source software at a click of a button.

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7. Webmin (free)

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any browser that supports tables and forms, user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and more can be controlled.

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8. DirectAdmin

Popular control panel with numerous features. The cost of the control panel is very low.

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9. Web-cp (free)

Web-cp is a full-featured, open source web hosting control panel written in PHP and released under the GPL. It consists of 4 control panels: personal, domain, reseller, and server.

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10. DTC (free)

Domain Technologie Control (DTC) is a GPL control panel for hosting. It is fully skinable and the language can be changed.

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