5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2020

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2020 2

In the early 90s when I tried to host my website, it was a big nightmare for me. It was not at all an easy task to host websites in the 90’s. In fact nowadays also, it’s not an easy job to host and maintain websites if you only have the CLI ( Command-line Interface) to execute all your tasks. I know many people love to execute web hosting tasks using CLI. They might have worked on CLI and have experience working on Linux. But people like me who never been into CLI or never worked on Linux may find it very tough. Right? That ‘s where Open Source Web Hosting Control Panel comes into the picture.

The situation becomes worse if you use a VPS hosting or dedicated server. In that case, the host only gives you a machine with a bare bone OS and you have to set up everything. Although you can still set up things by following tutorials, there is a big chance of doing a mistake. If any issue arises the situation become worse. That’s where a web hosting control panel comes into the picture.

What is Web Hosting

A web hosting control panel saves you from executing all task using CLI. Instead, it provides an intuitive GUI ( Graphical user interface) to do day to day activities. It?s a piece of software installed in the server machine and provides a dashboard to manage hosting infrastructure. It comes handy for people who do not know anything about web hosting. It becomes very easy for them to host a website even though they may not have much technical knowledge.

At present, this web hosting control panel space is dominated by two big names, WHM/ C Panel, Plesk. Unfortunately, both are paid and rates are not so competitive if you are an individual website owner. But don’t get disappointed. This article will list about 5 best web hosting control panel which is absolutely free.

What it means by ” Absolutely free” is that all features of those control panel are available in the free version. Control panels having trial version are not listed here. However, they all have a PRO plan which is only needed if are an advanced user and may not be needed for beginners. So let’s find out 5 Best Open Source Web Control Panels In 2020

What a Web Hosting Control Panel Does?

  • Manage domain name systems ( DNS)
  • Manage website databases.
  • Configure and handles eMail.
  • Install and maintain security systems like SSL.
  • Provides an intuitive interface for server computer file manager.
  • Enables FTP protocol to transfer files.
  • One Click installation of scripts like WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop etc
  • Manages bandwidth, space utilization.

The list considers only a few points. A control panel does more tasks than what is mentioned here. In fact, even a few articles also won’t be enough to list the capabilities of a web host control panel. For now, let’s check the list of a control panel which comes for free to manage your hosting environment. The list is not as per the ranking or something. It?s just a list of web panel from where you can pick as per your requirement.

CentOS Web Panel

This is the most popular and widely used free control panel. If you are using a VPS server or a dedicated machine then CentOS web panel is the preferred choice due to its simple user interface. All command and options are there in the dashboard and a newbie will find it very easy to work with. It has all the features that you need to manage your hosting infrastructure. Though not as feature-rich as C panel still does the job with all required features.

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2019

One of the main problems will CentOS is that it works best when you install it in a fresh server. If you install other control panel and then decided to install CentOS web panel, it creates so many problems. Also, I personally found that if you uninstall and reinstall plugins like Varnish, it creates a hell lot of issue. So my suggestion would be to keep CentOS in default configuration with all your required modules and don?t try to do experiments.

The requirement of CentOS web panel

  • Web server: Apache or NGINX
  • Ram: 512MB ( 32 Bit), 1024 MB (64 Bit)
  • Storage: 10 GB
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: CentOS 6 /7, RedHat 6, Cloudlinux 6

Features of CentOS web panel

  • Support Apache or NGINX. No support for Litespeed web server yet.
  • NGINX reverse proxy supported.
  • MySQL database supported
  • Varnish cache can be installed.
  • Excellent DNS management
  • One click SSL certificate installation.
  • Intuitive file manager.? Softaculous one-click script installer ( Limited)
  • CSF firewall
  • Live server monitoring
  • Auto update

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ISPConfig is one of the most popular and widely used control panels for Linux server. More than 40000 download happens per month for this control panel. Available in multiple languages and can manage multiple servers. It is available for almost all Linux distribution and provides different access levels like a client, reseller, administrator etc. ISP Config works on both the physical machine and virtual server.

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2019

The requirement of ISPConfig web panel

  • Web server: Apache or NGINX
  • Ram: 1024 MB (64 Bit)
  • Storage: 10 GB
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: Almost all Linux distribution

Features of ISPConfig web panel

  • IPV4 & IPV6 support
  • Individual PHP setting per website
  • Custom Apache and NGINX directives.
  • MySQL database
  • Email Management
  • Lightweight and use less server resource
  • Powerful firewall security measures
  • Out of the box SSL support

Vesta Control Panel

Vesta is one of the best open source web panel that is widely used for VPS hosting environment. The interface is a bit confusing but after you accustomed to it, it becomes much easier. The front end is written in PHP and JavaScript. One of the salient features of Vesta is the iptables /fail2ban firewall which can block any IP to access panel after multiple login attempts. Other features are almost more or less the same as other web panels. The free plan of Vesta is enough but if you are an advanced user you can opt for their paid plan.

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2019

The requirement of Vesta web panel

  • Web server: Apache or NGINX
  • Ram: 512MB
  • Storage: 20 GB
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: CentOS 5/6 /7, Debian 7/8/9, Ubuntu

Features of Vesta OS web panel

  • iPtables / fail2ban firewall
  • Web panel wrote in PHP and Javascript
  • MySQL / PostgreSQL supported.
  • FTP manager: vsftpd . pro FTPD
  • Vesta core is in Bash.
  • DNS management
  • Email management with ClamAV
  • Server and user monitoring.
  • Softaculous auto installer ( Limited)
  • SSL support
  • File manager support

Ajenti Web Panel

Do you why Ajenti is so popular among web developers? Its because it can run only on 30 MB RAM and 75 MB storage. So if you are low on storage and RAM in your server machine then Ajenti should be chosen to manage the hosting. Back end codes are written in python and front end is written in JS. It supports modularity due to GEvent framework at the back end and Angular JS framework at the front end.

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2019

The requirement of Ajenti web panel

  • Web server: Apache or NGINX
  • Ram: 30 MB
  • Storage: 75 MB
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: CentOS 5/6 /7, Debian 7/8/9, Ubuntu

Features of Ajenti OS web panel

  • Modular interface
  • Powerful Firewall
  • Low resource usage.
  • DNS management
  • Out of the box SSL support
  • Email management

Virtual Admin Web Panel

Virtual admin web panel is one of the feature rich web available for Linux server. It is available in free and paid version whereas the paid version offers some nice extra feature. But the free version is enough of casual web administrator. Written in Perl and support major Linux distributions. The interface is quite simple and beginners will find it easy to locate stuff for server management.

5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panels In 2019

The requirement of Virtual admin web panel

No Specific requirement to mention compared to the requirement mentioned for other web panels

Wrapping Up!

These are the top 5 Best Open Source Web Hosting Control Panel. I personally used Cent OS web panel and Vesta and found both to be very nice and intuitive. Though mostly CentOS web panel is offered by most of the web hosting company and in fact they install that for free. If your web host provides you just the bare bone machine with one of the Linux distributions, then you can go for ISPConfig which is feature rich and easy configure.

That’s all we have in this article on Open Source Web Control panels. Hope you liked the article and found some useful information. If you have any queries please do write in the comment section and I will be happy to answer.

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