New to Web Hosting, What Control Panel do I use ???
In the last few years serving the Web Hosting Industry I have run into numerous times when the above is asked and people get confused.
This may looks stupid in the first but actually matters a million. Control Panel is something that automates/Simplifies our day to day job. Not all of us are experts in the command line and neither like spending hours figuring out what went wrong in the first place.
There are numerous control panels both free and paid that does exactly this for you.
Paid : cPanel, Plesk (They are the best ones)
Free : VestaCP, Kolaxo, CentOS Web Panel, ISPconfig should be the ones called popular.
The above also depends on what type of hosting your love or prefer, windows hosting mainly comes with Plesk alone, whereas Linux hosting comes with varieties. Shared hosts with Windows environment give away Plesk and Linux cPanel similarly. 🙂
There is a big confusion among fans as to which control panel to use but clearly, it is up to you as to which one to use, Plesk seems great but has many limitations and is also cost confusing if you do not know what are your needs. cPanel, on the other hand, is clear about this, it has basically 2 types of licences, VPS and Dedicated server licence.
Now if you are an advanced user and have your own server and do not want a paid control panel and want to save some bucks go for the free control panel as you already love command line so just a little Google Search before hand will save a tonne of money.
The Basic requirement is that the server should be online and get as much resource as possible to the hosted site and not take up and just run the panel services. More resource available the better your server performance and that in turns run your site lighting fast. 🙂
Hope this helps and the next time you are confused you find a light in the dark.