What Free Hosting Options are There Besides cPanel?

Typically when hosting a single website or multiple websites it’s advisable to use a control panel such as cPanel. This helps streamline some of the tasks related to hosting. Although control panels such as cPanel are phenomenal, not everyone wants to pay a licensing fee to use them. With that in mind, you may be wondering if there are any free control panels that are comparable to cPanel or Plesk… and the answer is yes! The focus of this article will be to go over some of the free alternatives to cPanel to help you pick a package that’s exactly right for you.

 

Virtualmin/Webmin

With over 100,000 worldwide installations, Virtualmin is an amazing control panel for Linux and BSD systems and would get our strongest recommendation among free panels. There are two flavors of Virtualmin: An open source version which is community supported and a premium version, which has more features and dedicated support. If you’re interested in seeing more of what Virtualmin has to offer or if you’d like to try it, please visit https://www.virtualmin.com/. Virtualmin offers the following features and a more detailed explanation can be found at https://www.virtualmin.com/features

 

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

 

Vesta

Touted as the simple & clever hosting control panel, Vesta is a very easy and lightweight control panel for Linux based systems. While the control panel itself is free, Vesta also offers commercial plugins to expand its functionality. One of the appeals of using Vesta is the simple and clear interface that it provides to help reduce unnecessary clutter and actions that can be performed. If you’d like to learn more about Vesta please visit their site.  If you’d like to view a live demo of Vesta please visit https://demo.vestacp.com/.

 

ZPanel

ZPanel is a web hosting control panel for both Windows and POSIX (Linux, Unix, MacOSX) based systems. It offers a free community based version and a PriorityOne premium version for all Hostwinds clients that wish to utilize this control panel. If you already have a server through Hostwinds and you’d like to use ZPanel, you can submit a support ticket to discuss your options to move to the ZPanel control panel. zPanel offers the following features:

 

zPanel will install and integrate the software listed below on Microsoft Windows based servers:

 

  • Apache Web Server
  • RoundCube
  • hMailServer
  • Webalizer
  • FileZilla Server
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • phpMyAdmin
  • phpSysInfo

 

The open-source software packages listed below are used by Linux/UNIX, BSD and OSX machines:

 

  • Apache Web Server
  • Webalizer
  • Postfix MTA
  • phpMyAdmin
  • phpSysInfo
  • Dovecot IMAP/POP3
  • ProFTP Daemon
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • RoundCube

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