A recent report from the Web Hosting Geeks explains cPanel and Plesk, the two primary virtual server hosting control panels, offer distinctive advantages to users. Overall, the two control panels are fairly similar in terms of quality, but issues of age and compatibility make the difference.
cPanel has been around for more than a decade. Over that time, the control panel has been used by a wide range of web hosting developers, creating a wide knowledge base that users can access when difficulties arise. As a result, cPanel can be quite simple to use, presenting developers with a fairly short learning curve. However, the report said, cPanel is only compatible with Unix operating systems, limiting its current impact.
Plesk lacks cPanel's pedigree, making it more challenging to use and troubleshoot. However, it is compatible with Windows and Unix, making it an optimal control panel for developers working with multiple operating systems. The report also noted Plesk's ability to handle automation over multiple servers as a major point in its favor.
Last month, Parallels upgraded Plesk to version 10, adding more than 100 features to the control panel software. According to the Parallels website, Plesk is capable of offering users an intuitive interface that allows them to quickly create and manage websites.