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Top 5 Free cPanel Open source alternatives for Linux Users

If you have ever purchase a VPS or dedicated server for yourself or your client, You must be aware of cPanel which is an awesome file management tool with powerful features. It gives you the abilitiy to perform all the complex server operations with an easy workable UI.

But the only sad part with cPanel is its cost. Spending $13 monthly for cPanel license makes us think of its alternatives. Some free alternatives of cPanel that could be used on server to do the required jobs in order to make a website online.

I have used VPSs from leading cloud company that includes DigitalOcean, Bluehost and even inmotion hosting but Imagine the painful situation where I have to pay $13 to manage my vps which costs only $10.

There are many open source projects on cPanel alternatives but either they have security issues or broken. Most of them are either closed projects with no support or documentation. 

Chosing the right Panel among these is totally subjective based on your requirements. Either you want to host a PHP based script or a wordpress blog or want to run a hosting business backed by these cPanel alternatives, you need to be careful about the features of each panel. 

I have mentioned some of the best panels along with their features and pros/cons. You can visit the documentation page to discover more about it.

Free cPanel Alternatives

1. Sentora (previously zPanel)

  • Project website: http://www.sentora.org/
  • Documentation: http://docs.sentora.org/?node=23
  • Panel Demo: Not available
  • Pros: Brandable, reselling features for SM businesses, Package allotment, multi client environment, modules for more awesomeness
  • Cons: Inactive supportcommunity

sentora panel demo

By the end of 2015 I was using zPanel as a cPanel alternative without any issues but recently they discontinued support (maybe the project was abandoned). Sentora is built from the ashes of zPanel by the core developers of zPanel. Released under the GPLv3, Sentora is the perfect choice for the most small to medium ISPs looking for a cost effective, extendable platform.

2. Froxlor

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3. ServerPilot.io

  • Project website: https://www.serverpilot.io
  • Documentation: https://serverpilot.io/community/
  • Panel Demo: Not available
  • Features: PTR, rDNS setup,WP, Magnto app installation, support on Nginx, LAMP installed
  • Pros: Works well with DigitalOcean servers, automated updates, Firewall, Easy UI, Well documented 
  • Cons: Needs technical knowledge to operate, lacks file manager (use filezilla), no option for resellers

Serverpilot is a wonderful panel to manage your server. Built specially for PHP, wordpress websites, it works smoothly on cloud and is regularly updated. Special concerned have been given on security. sad part is, you need some expertise to operate this. If you are completely dependent on cPanel, avoid serverpilot. Also, Unlike WHM (web host manager),there is no provision for reselling of server, it is built only for private server management.

4. ISPConfig

IspConfig is one of the most popular hosting control panel with an easy to use layout. It is anauthentic control panel with all the features one would require. 

5. Ajenti

  • Project website: http://ajenti.org/
  • Documentation: http://docs1.ajenti.org/en/latest/
  • Panel Demo: N/A
  • Features: Support debian, Ubuntu, redhat,centos & FreeBSD, Nginx & Apache support, DNS management UI, File manager, Firewall security
  • Cons: Doesn't support reselling 

Ajenti with an attractive UI has all the features one would ask from a control panel to host a website.Although it lacks server reselling module but if you just want to host your own websites, this is one of the best panel for you.

6. VestaCP

VestaCP has a clean layout along with an easy to operate UI. Some parts of its website are outdated/broken which affects my trust on the community.It has a file manager with awesome UI. 

7. Virtualmin/Webmin

Virtualmin is built on top of, and integrated with, Webmin. Webmin is the world's most popular Linux/UNIX systems management UI, with over three million downloads per year.

Next time you deploy a VPS or a dedicated server, consider using a free altertive of cPanel in order to save some bucks.

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