The cPanel interface, however, does not group the features and tools as helpfully, and is often seen as being more cluttered. cPanel does allow for customisation of the home screen to make it a bit easier to find things, and the visibility of all features in one place can make it easier to find a function for the first time.
CLI (command line interface) access is available for both, should the user prefer it to a GUI.
Plesk vs cPanel: Performance
Generally, cPanel loads faster than a Plesk server. cPanel is the web hosting control panel that has really focused on optimizing the performance. By focusing on reducing the amount of memory required, cPanel developers were able to speed up the page-load times, as well achieve faster account creation and other server management tasks.
Out of the box, Plesk and cPanel both provide users with the same primary features for server and account management. Both can be used to configure DNS settings, manage email accounts, run FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and manage databases. Although it is possible to add extra apps to cPanel, the Plesk panel comes with support for more useful apps and extensions.
Plesk has support for Docker on Linux, with a catalogue of over 200,000 Docker images that can be launched from within the Plesk web hosting control panel. Plesk is also compatible with Git through the Gitman extension. There are workarounds to get Docker and Git running with cPanel, but they’re much more complex than with Plesk.
Plesk vs cPanel: Security
Both the Plesk panel and cPanel are heavily focused on security. Although the features are different, Plesk and cPanel both come with numerous security tools.
cPanel security tools include:
- Automatic SSL certificate installation
- Password-protected directories
- IP address denials
Plesk security features include:
- Fail2ban intrusion prevention
- Inbound and outbound email antispam
- And active directory integration.
Plesk vs cPanel: Distros
One major difference between the Plesk and cPanel web hosting control panels is that Plesk is available on both Windows Server and Linux distributions, whereas cPanel is only available on Linux operating systems (although some backdoor methods are available to run cPanel on Windows servers).
Plesk or cPanel: the final decision
Your decision could be based on which web hosting control panel is available to your operating system, but it will most likely come down to which web panel you find easier to use. While the features in each panel are fairly similar, you’ll probably prefer the feel and experience of using one over the other.
You might also check their online demos to get a better idea.
Click here to see the cPanel demo.
Click here to see the Plesk demo.