Selection of control panel for VPS. Top 5 Free Management Systems

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When purchasing a VPS, there is always a choice between comfortable working with server settings and searching for a system administrator who would support your server.

Often, VPS tariffs with Cpanel, ISP, or Plesk installed are initially based on the license cost of the control panel used. If something breaks, then in any case will have to contact your system administrator. And not all site owners or even all webmasters can work with the command line.

Unfortunately, the majority of web studios do not ask themselves about the choice of hosting, and do not attach much importance to the difference between the Plesk panel and the ISP Manager – for them this is a dark forest. But the simple user is interested in what he pays for and how it works. According to statistics, 80% of users do not use half of the functionality that is incorporated in the server control panel. Mostly they only use FTP (create / delete), an interface for working with the database, mail, and sometimes the built-in file manager.

In this article we will talk about some free server management systems and briefly describe their pros and cons. In the future, you can find a description of the process of installing these panels on our VPS in our  knowledge base .

1.  Ajenti  ( )

Ajenti developers refused to use Apache and preferred the easy and fast NGINX. At the same time, the use of this control panel (hereinafter referred to as PU) allows you to host projects that use Node.js, Ruby on Rails and Python.

2.  ISPConfig  ( )

ISPConfig 3 is a free, open source control panel that is distributed under the BSD license agreement. With it, you can both manage multiple servers at once, and “beat” clients.

3. VESTA  ( )

Vesta is a completely free control panel, but with the possibility of expanding functionality and paid support. In it, you can create a separate “Tariff Plan” even for each client, at least for a group of users. The interface allows you to manage mailboxes. The main advantage of the panel is the integration of letsencrypt. The certificate is placed with one button and independently updated.

4.  ZPanel  ( )

ZPanel – universal hosting control panel. It supports CentOS, FreeBSD, Windows, OSX, etc. It is very similar to cPanel.

5.  CentOS Web Panel  ( )

CentOS Web Panel – hardly suitable for simple site placement. But if you decide to host the sites of your clients, then you should pay attention to this control panel. We will tell about it separately.

The undoubted advantage of a free control panel is its cost. You can save on the purchase of a license control panel, the modules of which will not be claimed by your project.

Follow our announcements, we will tell about installation of all control panels described above in our next articles.

If you have only 1-2 sites, you can do without the control panel by installing Apache and Nginx on the server. The truth is that there, too, has its own nuances, it will be necessary: ​​to teach them to work with each other, connect and configure MySQL, and then configure the mail agent and FireWall.

If something does not work out for you, you can always contact us for advice, and we will also help you to carry out work on the server that requires software configuration. 

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