3 Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels

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Many of the users use control panel when they sign up with any hosting provider. But if you are hosting in a cloud environment you will not get any control panels. You have to install it manually. Today we will check out 3 best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels.

3 Best Open source control panels.

  1. Virtualmin/Webmin
  2. ISPConfig
  3. Sentora

Let us discuss each of the control panel features in detail.

Virtualmin/webmin

Virtualmin/webmin web hosting control panel

Virtualmin/webmin web hosting control panel preview

Virtualmin is available in three product versions: Virtualmin GPL, Virtualmin Professional, and Cloudmin Professional. Virtualmin GPL is an open source whereas Virtualmin Professional and Cloudmin Professional are commercial products.

Virtualmin GPL version features:

  • Create virtual servers
  • Unlimited domains you can add.
  • Manage databases
  • Filemanager
  • SSL (Let’s Encrypt)
  • Email management
  • Web statistics
  • DNS management
  • SSH login
  • User & Groups management
  • Hosting plan management.
  • Script installer
  • FTP accounts

Virtualmin has all the features that are required to manage your website.  Though user interface design looks clean learning curve is a bit difficult for newcomers.

ISPConfig

ispconfig web hosting control panel

ISPConfig web hosting control panel preview

It’s an opensource control panel used by many users. It has all the rich features that you required to manage your web hosting.

ISPConfig features:

  • Unlimited domains
  • Manage databases
  • Email management
  • DNS managment
  • Reseller , Customer, Admin management
  • Web statistics
  • Hosting plan management
  • Multiple servers management
  • Virtual server management
  • FTP accounts

ISPConfig comes with many features suitable for your website hosting. Users who already used Cpanel they will be missing file manager when they switch to ISPConfig. However, you can still create an FTP account and access your files.

Sentora

sentora web hosting control panel
Sentora web hosting control panel preview

Sentora which is forked from ZPanel. It has all the features that are available in paid control panels. 

Sentora features:

  • Unlimited domains
  • Manage databases
  • Email management
  • DNS managment
  • Reseller , Customer, Admin management
  • Web statistics
  • Hosting plan management
  • Multiple servers management
  • FTP accounts

Those who are familiar with CPanel or Plesk. The user interface of Sentora will be similar to them. Hence users who switch to Sentora can easily access the application without much learning curve. However, we can see in forums discussing about Sentora saying that Sentora has serious security holes. So, it’s advisable to use it at your own risk.

There are few more open source control panels like VestCp, CentOS web panel, Kloxo-MR, Froxlor, Ajenti.

Even the above-listed control panels will do a good job. But to keep the list short provided you the best 3 open source web hosting control panels. It’s your choice to select which fits you best. 

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