4 Free cPanel alternatives for linux VPS

4 Free cPanel alternatives for linux VPS

The issue of free cpanel alternatives comes in our mind everytime we try to setup a virtual private server to host website or websites. In this article, we will learn and understand about few popular and free cpanel alternatives that we can use to get the job done.

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1. Webmin and Virtualmin

You will find people advising the combo of webmin and virtualmin as the best way to manage VPS and in my opinion, it is the best yet free cpanel alternative. Webmin in it self is a tool that allows you to manage your server through web interface while virtual acts as a module that attaches to the webmin and converts your machine to a full fledged hosting system. But I do have to mention, since this option is one of the most feature rich, a beginner might find it little overwhelming.

Features:

  • Domain Accounts
  • Email per account
  • User and Reseller Accounts and ACLs
  • Security
  • Alerts, Graphs, and Logs
  • Backups And Cloud Integration
  • Databases
  • Install Scripts

OS supported:

  • CentOS/RHEL 6 and 7 on i386 and x86_64
  • Debian 7, 8, and 9, on i386 and amd64
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and 16.04 LTS on i386 and amd64

Difficulty Level: 8/10

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2. CentOS Web Panel

This is the closest you can get to the experience of cPanel. CentOS web Panel or simply CentOS WP allows you to do all the things that you would want to do in a virtual private server or a dedicated server. The setup process is easy and quick and the interface itself is quite intuitive if you have used cPanel.

Features

  • User Panel
  • 3rd Party Aplications
  • Script installer
  • Varnish Cache server
  • PHP
  • User Management
  • DNS
  • Email
  • System Information
  • Monitoring
  • Security
  • SQL
  • cPanel Account Migration
  • And many other features

Supported OS

  • CentOS 6.x, 7.x
  • RedHat 6.x, 7.x
  • CloudLinux 6.x, 7.x

Difficulty level: 5

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3. ISPConfig

With about 40000 downloads every month, ISPConfig is the untimate go to cpanel alternative. It is absolutely feature rich with a big support community. I personally have used ISPConfig in one of my server in the past and it was excellent. It is an enterprise scale hosting panel that allows control over each and every aspect of your system. From single to multi server setup, ISPConfig will take it with ease. Lets check the main features in detail.

Features

  • Single and Multi-Serve
  • Translated In More Than 20 Languages
  • Support For Many Daemons
  • Managed Services
  • Four Access Levels
  • Emails

Supported OS

  • Debian 5 – 8 (recommended)
  • Ubuntu 8.10 – 17.04 (recommended)
  • CentOS 5.2 – 7
  • Fedora 10 and 12 – 15
  • OpenSuSE 11.1 – 12.3

Difficulty Level: 9

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4. Ajenti

The first thing you will read in their website is “Install once and never google for PuTTY downloads again.” Think about that! and it is rightfully so. Ajenti with its Ajenti V plugin will give you a fast performing server specially if your server configuration is low. Their minimum requirement for Ajenti is RAM: ~30 MB + 5 MB per session, HDD: ~75 MB, including Python runtime and libs, let that sink in. They are feature packed, if you are on budget but want to get things done, this is your best option without your control panel leaving a bigger footprint on your server.

Features:

  • Nginx Web Server
  • Database
  • Email
  • php, Python, Ruby, node.js
  • Supervisor

Supported OS:

  • Debian 6 or later
  • Ubuntu Precise or later
  • CentOS 6 or later
  • RHEL 6 or later

Difficulty Level: 6.5

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