CPanel – Plesk – Open Source Alternatives?

November 26, 2008

Many people that are in the web hosting business (Ok, most of them “one server hoster”) are talking about CPanel or Plesk and that they can’t do it without them. But I think that this is not necessary true ,as there are open source alternatives.

  • The best one I know is ISPconfig. They are reported to have a good support and great howto’s.
  • There is also DTC, but it is quite unknown to me,
  • There’s also WEBcp.
  • Also such programs are SysCP (which is supported by Hetzner and DomainDiscount24) and
  • VHCS.

I hope this list helps someone and please at additional programs I mist in the comments. Thx.

Update: Take a look at this comparison.


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  2. Thanks a lot for this post!! I’ve looking for hours for some useful information about web hosting control panels and this is the only site that really helped me!

    Comment by Daniel — August 26, 2011 #

  3. hows the first one in terms of security?

    Comment by Jaco — March 7, 2012 #

  4. I can’t say anything about the security of the various programs.

    Comment by robert — March 11, 2012 #

  5. I know that this is a 4-year old post, but it still turns up as the first post on google. I approached this 6 years ago and settled on VirtualMin as it seemed the only option at the time. It’s nice to see more options, but I’m more questioning the flexibility. Virtualmin copes with various types of email services (dovecot, postfix, and sendmail spring to mind). How do these add up?

    Comment by Tudor — August 12, 2012 #

  6. Hi, I didn’t look into this for years. Sorry

    Comment by robert — August 21, 2012 #

  7. Hi, ServerPilot ( is a free cPanel alternative.

    Comment by Justin Samuel — December 18, 2013 #

  8. Free but not OpenSource.

    Comment by robert — January 2, 2014 #

  9. Hello there,

    Core-Admin is not Open Source (even though many of its comments are like Vortex Library, Turbulence or noPoll to name some) but it provides a Free Edition without any domain limit.

    Hope it is useful for you.

    Comment by Francis Brosnan Blázquez — February 1, 2014 #

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