cPanel Pros

  • Fast and efficient on most web hosts. Does not require use of an external database.
  • Lots of features and very extendable. Integrates with with third party scripts like Fantastico, RV Skins and CFS firewall.
  • Good reseller report with WHM. Allow you to create your own packages, manage accounts, monitor resource usage and more.
  • Most popular control panel. This means more clients are used to the interface, and less support request you have to answer.
  • Excellent support. If you ever run into issues, cPanel support is very responsive.

cPanel Cons

  • Only available for Linux platforms.
  • Hard to maintain. Frequent updates and packages.

Plesk Pros

  • Cluster Support – maintain several servers from a single place.
  • Cross platform – works on both Windows and Linux.
  • Integrates with Windows services like Microsoft SQL server.
  • Plesk is cheaper ($800 for unlimited domain license).

Plesk Cons

  • Does not integrate with non-Microsoft products
  • Slower load times – more sluggish, especially on Linux
  • Interface is harder to use and customize

One thought on “CPANEL vs PLESK

  1. Hi, great comparison of cPanel and Plesk. At the time you wrote this, my company’s control panel, ServerPilot (, hadn’t launched yet. You may want to take a look for your own purposes and maybe update this page to compare the other control panels against ours.

    We’re focused on a control panel for developers hosting their websites on their own VPSes. So, you’d still want to use cPanel if your business is just selling shared hosting. But for your own sites on your own servers, we’ve made ServerPilot the easiest and most secure solution.

    Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I’m one of the founders.


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