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Plesk Vs cPanel : 5 Things You Should Consider

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Plesk, cPanel

For many IT related people, the control panel platform is a matter of importance and preference and therefore it is crucial to select the right control panel. There are fans for cPanel, Plesk and all the other control panels and people argue about the advantages and disadvantages of these control panels.

The choice of the control panel boils down to your own personal needs and comfort with the interface!

If you only want straightforward points about the features of cPanel and Plesk, sorting out the fact from opinion can get difficult. There is a simple fact about Plesk and cPanel and it is that the two applications are somewhat similar; they have many same features. Both the control panels are capable enough of getting the job done and both of them cover the basics as well.

There are some key differences between the functionalities of Plesk and cPanel, let’s go through some of the significant differences:

User Interface

Initially, the user interface might not seem so important. However, this is the first point of difference that many people notice between Plesk and cPanel. Moving between the two control panels is also one of the most difficult, tedious and complicated task.

Plesk is considered as a control panel having a cleaner and impressive interface. On the other hand, cPanel is more popular and because many users are familiar with it and comfortable with it, they will confidently state that cPanel’s interface is user-friendly.

Keep in mind that cPanel is extremely popular and wide spread, and some of the customized control panels are cPanel in disguise. Do not strike off any web hosting company from your list that provides with a customized control panel as it may be more user-friendly than you expect.


One of the main reasons why people prefer using cPanel in place of Plesk is because cPanel is cheaper!

The basic cPanel shared hosting package offered by MilesWeb costs $3 per month while a basic Windows shared hosting package costs $5 per month.

Plesk / cPanel licenses are usually provided as a part of the hosting package; however this depends on the type of hosting package you are purchasing. For instance, if you are purchasing a shared hosting package from MilesWeb, you don’t have to pay any additional amount for a license; if you opt for higher packages like VPS or dedicated, you can buy Plesk / cPanel license according to your preference.

Windows Support

cPanel only operates on CentOS, CloudLinux and RedHat. It cannot be run on Windows.

On the other hand, Plesk adds various other Linux distributors to the list along with Windows support.

It is evident that Plesk is more flexible. This fact will not matter to a wide range of customers who use shared Linux hosting. It is only going to be a cause of concern if you are fussy about the OS you have or if you are the use of a Windows hosting platform.

Admin Panels

cPanel comes along with WHM (Web Host Manager) and this is a standard attribute. The shared hosting users will never use WHM unless they upgrade to a higher package liker reseller hosting or VPS hosting. Generally, the cPanel interface is for the website owner whereas WHM is for the server administrator. Even though cPanel and WHM are linked, they have different systems, different logins and different interfaces.

Plesk consists of a single login for the administrators and users. Although there is some similarity in cPanel and Plesk, the options and features offered are quite different.

It is important to consider the interfaces of both the control panels before making the final decision.

Ease Of Migration

Perhaps the biggest and the less desirable difference between Plesk and cPanel is the migration of the website from one server to another.

Both Plesk and cPanel simplify the process of migrating a website from one server to another assuming that you are moving your website through the same control panel.

Moving from one control panel to the other is nearly impossible!

Once you select any particular control panel, its best to stick with it.

Making Your Decision Between Plesk And cPanel

Both the control panels Plesk and cPanel are stable, fast and secure. Since the inception of both these control panels, when one has advanced, the other has caught up quickly. If you are new to web hosting, look for a web hosting company that offers demos / tutorials of both the control panels and try them out to get a better insight.

For the existing web hosting users, website migration is a big issue. If your website is hosted on a Plesk or cPanel system now, then avoid changing the control panel unless it is extremely important. If you change the control panel, you will have to learn the new control panel interface from scratch and migration issues will give you a nightmare.

MilesWeb has a solution for you no matter which control panel you want and what your hosting specifications are! Go through MilesWeb web hosting plans and make your choice!

My name is Neha Khanna, I work for I am interested in posting content on various topics. I aim at posting informative articles that provide value to people.

Neha Khanna

My name is Neha Khanna, I work for I am interested in posting content on various topics. I aim at posting informative articles that provide value to people.

4 thoughts on “Plesk Vs cPanel : 5 Things You Should Consider

  • July 14, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Both control panels are equally important in business. Sometimes it is difficult to choose between two. But the way it is explained in same blog, customers definitely feel easy to select best one. Appreciated hard work.

  • September 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Happened on to your post, and this is great. I did want to add a couple points of clarification:

    * WHM isn’t actually short for Web Host Manager, it’s just plain-old WHM.
    * When it comes to migrating between control panels, cPanel’s transfer tool make it easy, and our support team will migrate servers (though not individual accounts) from nearly any competitor free of charge. You can just open up a ticket with our support team:

    Thanks again for a great writeup! I know it’s a couple years old, but it’s still pretty accurate. 🙂

  • March 20, 2017 at 6:40 am

    The difference between the two control panels is perfectly elaborated. I have used cPanel and it’s amazing because of the user-friendly interface. Indeed informative article. Thanks for sharing!

  • April 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Plesk control panel offers a clear and impressive interface. Plesk is more flexible. You can easily use it on any of the operating systems. The difference between Plesk and cPanel is perfectly illustrated in this article. Nice sharing. Thank you!


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