In the world of web hosting, there are two control panels that are commonly used; cPanel and Plesk. Both solutions are usually offered by all web hosting companies on a VPS or dedicated server plan, and they are usually at about the same price. Sometimes you may find Plesk offered for less than cPanel, but that will be different. If you use a shared hosting solution, you are usually offered only the cPanel user.

Comparison table: cPanel vs Plesk

Compare cPanel and Plesk face to face in the table below.

Auto Install
Statistics Features
ServicesAnalog, AwStats, WebalizerWebalizer, Plesk Traffic Manager, AWStats
Other featuresCustom Reports, Graphical Analysis, Logs, Log RotationReal-time bandwidth, user reports, graphical user breakdowns
DNS features
Other featuresClustering, Auto-tuning Hands-offRemote DNS, support for load balancing, master / slave management, automatic file mapping, DNS recursion, SOA settings
FTP Information
ServicesproFTPd and PureFTPdProftpd
Other featuresAccess to letter to disk, anonymous FTP, image file manager
FTP upload, additional accounts
Anonymous FTP, directory upload, FTP Throttling, file manager
Database support
ServicesMySQL, PostgreSQLMySQL, PostgreSQL
Admin panelsphpMyAdmin, phpPgAdminphpMyAdmin, phpPgMyAdmin, Secure Setup, Multi-user / Multi-DB
Mail Features
ServicesExim, Courier-IMAP, Courier-POPQmail
Distribution listpostmanMailman Aliasing, answering machines, groups, user access
WebmailHorde, SquirrelmailHorde imp
Anti spamSpamAssassin, BoxTrapper, Spam BoxingSpamassassin
AntivirusesClamavDrWeb, Kaspersky
Web features
Web serversapacheapache
ScenariosApache, CGI-Perl, PHP, SSI, JSPApache ASP, PHP, Python, SSI, CGI, Mod_Perl, Ruby, FastCGI
Devlopement ToolsFrontpageColdfusion
SecuritySSL, phpSuExec, SuPHP, mod_securitySSL, Suexec
accessIP Deny Manager, Hotlink Defender, Anti-Leech, Passwordsunknown
mistakesRecent 300 Errors, Custom Error Pagesunknown
Account Types / Levels
Reseller LoginYes, with WHM 11Yes
Login for domain ownerYesYes
Mail userYesYes

About cPanel

Originally released in the year 1996, cPanel was originally developed by J. Nicholas Coston; and now it is managed by cPanel Inc. in Houston, Texas. The software supports a wide range of Unix-based operating systems, including CentOS, Red Hat Linux, and FreeBSD. cPanel is the most commonly used control panel, as it is usually provided for free with a shared hosting account. cPanel offers two interfaces for the client and one for the reseller; the reseller panel is also known as the WHM panel.

CPanel official website:

About user Plesk

Plesk, on the other hand, was released back in 2003. The company was originally a SWsoft product (after SWsoft acquired Plesk Inc.), but now it is shipped to Parallels Inc; and the infamous Plesk is renamed to Parallels Plesk Panel. Unlike cPanel, Plesk supports both the Windows and Unix operating systems. Parallels Plesk Panel for Unix supports Debian, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, SUSE, Red Hat Linux; while Parallels Plesk Panel for Windows supports Windows Server 2003 and 2008. Personally, I believe that Plesk offers better flexibility (especially for Windows users) compared to cPanel.

Plesk also offers two different control panels; one for the user and one for the administrator. The administrator control panel is also known as the Plesk Server Administrator (PSA).

Plesk official website: