I've installed and used both cPanel and Plesk on my dedicated servers in the past and I truly enjoyed the features and simplicity of cPanel (specially the auto-update feature in WHM), recently (a couple of months ago) I also tried a beta version of the open-source OpenPanel and although it looks really nice I found it kinda limited in terms of features, such as automatic system updates, automatic backups and the ability to add addicional hosts to the MySQL allowed clients list - just to name a few.

OpenPanel http://www.openpanel.com/images/screenshot1_thumb.png

Besides OpenPanel, I'm aware of Usermin, Webmin, Virtualmin, ISPConfig, VHCS, web-cp and FlexCP - although I've never had the opportunity to try any of them before... Are you familiar and recommend any of these?

It's been a while since I managed a dedicated server and I'm wondering what would be a good hosting control panel for me, preferably a free / open-source one that has similar features / usability of cPanel.

I appreciate all input, thanks! =)

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    You're advertising OpenPanel over there, did you make your choice already? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/31913/…
    – Tobu
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 16:15
  • @Tobu: I'm more inclined to it, yes. I just though it would be a good idea to spread the word a little, maybe by doing so the quality and features of OpenPanel will improve. =)
    – Alix Axel
    Commented Feb 1, 2010 at 17:27

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Here is a useful link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_hosting_control_panels


You could also look at DirectAdmin.

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    DA is not free.
    – gekkz
    Commented Jan 27, 2010 at 10:05
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    They only said "preferably a free / open-source one".
    – p858snake
    Commented Jan 28, 2010 at 0:18

Check out: http://www.isp-control.net/

Not bad, and development isn't stale!


Not tried myself, and avaliable as debian/ubuntu packages, dtc:


Baifox is another option, not as complete as plesk/cpanel:


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