Comparison of web hosting control panels

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a variety of web hosting control panel software packages.

License and Operating system support[edit]

Free/Libre Control Panels[edit]

Control panel Licence Free Open Source Alive (last release) BSD Linux Windows Frontend Backend Plugin Support VCS IPV6 Support Multiserver Support
Aegir LGPL Yes Yes 2014/01/08 Yes Yes No PHP, AJAX PHP, MySQL/MariaDB  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ajenti [1] LGPL Yes Yes 2014/03/28 FreeBSD 8.0+ Yes No Python Python Yes git No [2] No
AlternC GPL 2 Yes Yes 2013/11/07 No Yes No PHP PHP / Perl / Shell script Yes [3] git / svn Yes [4] No
Baifox GPL Yes Yes 2009/04/19 No Yes No PHP PHP, SQLite  ?  ?  ?  ?
EHCP [5] GPL Yes Yes 2012/04/01 No Yes No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Domain Technologie Control GNU LGPL Yes Yes 2013/04/04 Limited FreeBSD support Yes No PHP  ?  ? git No [6]  ?
EasySCP GPL Yes Yes 2013/09/17 Limited FreeBSD support Yes No PHP Perl Yes  ? Yes No
Gnupanel GPL Yes Yes 2012/03/21 No Yes No PHP PHP, PgSQL  ?  ?  ?  ?
i-MSCP GPL, MPL Yes Yes 2014/02/27 No Yes No PHP Perl, C Yes  ? Yes No
ISPConfig BSD Yes Yes 2013/08/09 No Yes No PHP PHP, MySQL Yes  ? Yes Yes
ispCP GPL Yes Yes 2010/11/24 Limited FreeBSD support Yes No PHP Perl No  ? No No
Kloxo (formerly Lxadmin) AGPL Yes Yes 2011/11/13 No CentOS (6 not currently supported) or Red Hat EL 5.x [7] No PHP PHP, MySQL No  ? No Yes
OpenPanel [8] GPL, Plugin API LGPL [9] Yes Yes 2013/02/20 Planned [10] Debian [11] Planned [12] C++, AJAX Core: C++, Modules: Any language Yes [13] Mercurial Partial [14] Planned [15]
SysCP GPL Yes Yes 2010/05/11 Yes Yes No PHP PHP, MySQL Yes  ? Yes No
Froxlor GPL Yes Yes 2013/10/25 Yes Yes No PHP PHP, MySQL Yes  ? Yes Partial
Usermin BSD style Yes Yes 2012/09/22 Yes Yes No Perl Perl  ? tarball  ?  ?
Virtualmin GPL Yes Yes 2012/08/23 Yes [16] Yes No Perl Perl Yes tarball Yes Partial [17]
Webmin BSD style Yes Yes 2013/10/05 Yes Yes Partial Perl Perl Yes tarball Yes Yes
WebsitePanel [18] BSD style Yes Yes 2012/11/28 No No Yes ASP.NET ASP.NET, MSSQL No  ? Yes Yes
Webuzo [19] EULA [20] Yes No 2013/07/01 No Yes No PHP PHP No  ? Yes No
Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) GPL Yes Yes 2013/09/19 No Yes No Perl Perl Yes git  ?  ?
ZPanel [21] GPL Yes Yes 2014/03/03 Limited FreeBSD support Yes Yes PHP PHP, MySQL Yes  ? Yes No
VestaCP[22] GPL Yes Yes 2014/02/20 No Yes No PHP PHP,BASH,C No  ? Planned Partial
Control panel Licence Free Open Source Alive (last release) BSD Linux Windows Frontend Backend Plugin Support VCS IPV6 Support Multiserver Support

Proprietary Control Panels[edit]

Control panel Licence Free Open Source Alive (last release) BSD Linux Windows Frontend Backend Plugin Support IPV6 Support Multiserver Support
cPanel Proprietary No No 2014-03-05 FreeBSD Version Retired Yes Yes (Enkompass) Perl Perl Yes Yes Yes
Plesk Proprietary No No 2012/11/29 No Yes Yes PHP PHP/MySQL Yes Yes Yes
DirectAdmin Proprietary No No 2013/12/26 Yes Yes No C++ C++, scripts, PHP Yes Yes Yes
H-Sphere Proprietary No No 2012/12/11 Yes Yes Yes Java Java Yes  ? Yes
HDE Controller X Proprietary No No 2011/11/01 No Yes No PHP PHP  ? Yes Yes
XO Panel Proprietary No No 2013/05/18 Yes Yes Yes (Beta) PHP C/C++ Yes Yes Yes
Hosting Controller Proprietary No No 2011/09/05 No Yes Yes .NET MSSQL Yes No Yes
InterWorx Proprietary No No 2013/04/12 No Yes No PHP PHP, MySQL Yes Yes Yes
ISPmanager Proprietary No No 2013/12/25 Yes Yes Yes C++ C++/sqlite Yes Yes Yes
Server Management Tool Proprietary No No 2012/09/1 No Yes No PHP, Perl PHP, Perl No No Yes
ServerPilot[23] Proprietary Partial[24] No SaaS No Yes No Backbone.js, CoffeeScript Python, Go No Yes Yes
Virtualmin Pro Proprietary No No 2012/08/23 Yes[25] Yes No Perl Perl Yes Yes Partial[26]
Hepsia CP Proprietary Yes No 2013/11/08 No Yes Yes PHP PHP/MySQL/PgSQL Yes No Yes
Control panel Licence Free Open Source Alive (last release) BSD Linux Windows Frontend Backend Plugin Support IPV6 Support Multiserver Support

Remote access[edit]

Some control panels allow shell (console) access to the underlying OS through a Java applet, requiring that the client-side computer use Java Virtual Machine software. Other control panels allow direct access using telnet or secure shell (SSH).

Control panel FTP Anonymous FTP Terminal File Browse/Upload/Download using HTTP frontend
Ajenti Yes (plugin)  ? SSH, HTML5 Yes
Baifox Yes (only Pureftpd) [27]  ?  ?  ?
cPanel Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
DirectAdmin Yes Yes SSH Yes
Domain Technologie Control Yes  ? SSH Yes
Gnupanel  ?  ? SSH  ?
H-Sphere Yes Yes SSH Yes
HDE Controller X Yes Yes SSH Yes
Hosting Controller Yes  ?  ? Yes
i-MSCP Yes No No Yes
InterWorx Yes Yes SSH Yes
ISPConfig Yes Yes SSH Yes
ispCP Yes No No Yes
ISPmanager Yes No SSH Yes
Kloxo Yes Yes Java Applet Yes
OpenPanel Yes [28] Planned [29] SSH [30] Planned [31]
Plesk Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
SysCP Yes No No Yes
Froxlor Yes Partial Partial Yes
Usermin Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
Virtualmin Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
Virtualmin Pro Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
Webmin Yes Yes SSH, Java Applet Yes
ZPanel Yes Yes SSH Template:Installable by third party module
Hepsia CP Yes Yes SSH, HTML5, NodeJS Yes
VestaCP Yes No SSH Planned

Email management[edit]

While all control panel software below supports multiple email accounts, the features they provide vary.

Control panel Antivirus Antispam Forwarders Mailbox quota DomainKeys DKIM
Ajenti [32] No No Yes No Yes Yes
Baifox no  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
cPanel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DirectAdmin Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Domain Technologie Control Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Gnupanel  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
H-Sphere Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
HDE Controller X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hosting Controller Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
i-MSCP Optional Optional Yes Optional No No
InterWorx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ISPConfig Yes Yes Yes Yes Possible Yes
ispCP Optional Optional Yes No No No
ISPmanager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kloxo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenPanel Planned [33] Yes Yes Planned Planned Planned
Plesk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SysCP Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes (broken [34])
Froxlor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Usermin Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Virtualmin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtualmin Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Webmin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ZPanel No No Yes Yes No No
Hepsia CP Yes Yes, SPF Yes Yes Yes ?
VestaCP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Third party modules[edit]

Web hosting packages often provide easy means of installing web services onto the server. Packaging services allow the control panel to fetch a list of installable modules from the internet, whilst hard-coded methods require that the control panel is updated to add new modules.

Control panel Third Party Module Installation Methods Modules Available
  Subscription Service Free service Allows Upgrades Shopping cart Bulletin board Gallery Chat Guestbook
Baifox  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
cPanel  ? Partial  ? Agora phpBB Coppermine° phpMyChat Yes
DirectAdmin  ?  ?  ? No° No° No° No° No°
MachPanel Control Panel  ? Yes Yes Numerous Options Numerous Options Numerous Options  ?  ?
Domain Technologie Control  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Gnupanel  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
H-Sphere  ?  ?  ? Miva, osCommerce, PrestaShop phpBB, AEF, PunBB, SMF Gallery, Piwigo WebChat Extropia, Advanced Guestbook, phpBook, BellaBook, VX Guestbook, Lazarus, RicarGBooK
HDE Controller X  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Hosting Controller  ? Yes Yes Numerous Options Numerous Options Numerous Options  ?  ?
i-MSCP No Yes Yes No No No No No
InterWorx  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
ISPConfig No Yes Yes Non-free No No No No
ispCP No Yes Yes No No No No No
ISPmanager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kloxo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenPanel No Planned (APS) [35] Planned (APS) [36] Planned via APS [37] [38] Planned via APS [39] [40] Planned via APS [41] [42] Planned via APS [43] [44] Planned via APS [45] [46]
Plesk Yes Via APS Yes Miva, X-Cart, osCommerce phpBB Coppermine gtchat, CSLH Advanced Guestbook
SysCP No Via APS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Froxlor No Via APS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Usermin Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Virtualmin Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Virtualmin Pro Yes Yes Yes Numerous Options [47] Numerous Options [48] Numerous Options [49] No Numerous Options [50]
Webmin Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Hepsia CP No Yes Yes Zen Cart, OpenCart, osCommerce, PrestaShop phpBB, SMF 4Images Gallery, Coppermine, Gallery3, Imagin, plogger No MJguest

° Available through third-party script-installer plugin Installatron.

Supported Backends[edit]

Control panel Web server FTP server Receive mail Send mail SQL programming languages
   Lighttpd Apache Nginx IIS PureFTPd Vsftp ProFTPD Dovecot Courier Exim Sendmail Postfix PostgreSQL MySQL MS SQL PHP Perl Python ASP / ASP.NET
Ajenti No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Baifox  ? Yes  ? No Yes No No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
cPanel Plugin Yes Third-Party Plugin Enkompass Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Mod_Mono
DirectAdmin Yes (Not officially) Yes Yes (As of CB 2.0) No Yes (Not officially)  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Allowed, Not Supported Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
Domain Technologie Control No Yes  ? No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
Gnupanel  ? Yes  ? No  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?
H-Sphere No Yes  ? No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
HDE Controller X No Yes  ? No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes No No  ?
Hosting Controller No Yes  ? No No Yes Yes No Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes  ? Yes Yes No  ?
i-MSCP No Yes No No Yes (Not officially) No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes (5.x)  ? Yes (5.x) Yes No No
InterWorx No Yes  ? No No No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
ISPConfig Not Officially Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Not Officially Yes  ? Yes Yes Possible  ?
ispCP No Yes No No Yes (Not officially) No Yes Yes (Not officially) Yes No No Yes No Yes (4 or 5)  ? Yes (5.x) Yes No No
ISPmanager No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kloxo Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes  ? Yes Yes No  ?
OpenPanel Planned [51] Yes  ? No Yes Planned Planned Planned Yes Planned Planned Yes Planned Yes  ? Yes Planned Planned  ?
Plesk No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ServerPilot No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No No No
SysCP Yes Yes  ? No Yes No Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
Froxlor Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes  ? Yes Yes No  ?
Usermin Yes (Not officially) Yes  ? No Yes (Not officially) Yes [52] Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
Virtualmin Yes (Not officially) Yes Yes [53] No Yes (Not officially) Yes [54] Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
Virtualmin Pro Yes (Not officially) Yes Yes [55] No Yes (Not officially) Yes [56] Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
webmin Yes (Not officially) Yes Yes [57] No Yes (Not officially) Yes [58] Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
WebsitePanel No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
VestaCP Planned Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Planned Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes No

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