10 Free Web Hosting Control Panels To Manage Servers Easier

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Most of the web designers/developers, within time, begin to manage too many websites, build resource-consuming applications and require more than a standard web hosting package.

Then it comes to deciding a hosted/ready-to-use platform or own a VPS/dedicated server and host the websites yourself.

Control PanelBoth have cons and pros, the first one requires no technical knowledge but has a limited flexibility (you can't install a custom extension onto the server, etc). For the VPS/dedicated option, exactly the vice-versa.

If you decide to go with the VPS/dedicated option and will be hosting multiple websites, then using a control panel application is a good idea.

Once installed, it will save you too much time on creating new websites, databases, e-mails, etc.

And if there will be client sites on that server, then that's a much better decision (as you can give the control to them).

Here are 10 open source and free web hosting control panels (which are categorized with operating systems) for managing servers easier.

 

Linux


Kloxo HostinABox

Kloxo

It is a fully scriptable, distributed and a 100% object oriented hosting platform which supports Apache/Lighttpd, djbdns/bind and pure-ftpd.

The platform enables the end user to manage every aspect of a web hosting account while providing the admin the ability to manage the whole system.

Kloxo has a built-in messaging and ticket system, a backup-restore module and much more.

VHCS

VHCS

It is written in PHP, Perl and C. The system provides full control over the server, resellers and end users.

The application can communicate with database, email, web and DNS servers, monitor traffic or diskspace used and more.

ISPConfig

ISPConfig

ISPConfig is a multilingual control panel that can manage every hosting related service (web, database, DNS, e-mail, ftp, stats).

It supports admin, reseller and end-user user levels with configurable quotas for every service.

The application enables taking instant backups, setting cron jobs and more.

OpenPanel

OpenPanel

OpenPanel has a simple and slick GUI for controlling the websites (also, there is ab optional command line interface too).

It can manage Apache2, Bind DNS, Postfix and Courier-IMAP e-mails, PureFTPd, AWStats and more.

SysCP

SysCP

This is an easy to install and use control panel for LAMP servers which supports many common web, e-mail and FTP server software.

It has various 3rd party modules like backup, SpamAssassin and more.

GNUPanel

GNUPanel

GNUPanel is a web hosting automation application which is built with PHP5.

Administrators can easily create websites, databases, ftp or e-mail accounts and, optionally, create end-users and provide them the passwords so they anyone can manage their own website.

EHCP

EHCP

EHCP is a panel that is built with PHP with features like backup-restore, SSL, script installer and more.

It is a multilanguage application and has 4 different user levels: server admin, reseller, domain admin and email user.

BlueOnyx

BlueOnyx

BlueOnyx is pretty different considering how it is packaged.

It is a Linux distribution (based on CentOS v5.5) which aims at delivering a turnkey server appliance for webhosting.

It is built with PHP5-MySQL 5 and has phpMyAdmin + webmail integrated .

 

Linux & Windows


Webmin & Virtualmin

Webmin

Webmin is one of the most popular open source and free web hosting control panels around.

It enables you to control user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing, MySQL, e-mail servers and more.

There are lots of modules that integrate it with the well-known applications and 2 o them makes it a complete control panel:

  • Virtualmin: it enables managing Apache virtual hosts, BIND DNS domains, MySQL databases and mailboxes/aliases with Sendmail or Postfix.
  • Cloudmin: used for managing virtual systems, such as Xen, KVM and OpenVZ instances.

There is also Usermin, which is a web-based interface for webmail, updating passwords, creating filters, etc.

The application is multilingual and already supports lots of languages.

Webmin can be ran on Windows as well but not all the features are supported as some applications integrated are not available for Windows.

 

Windows


WebsitePanel

WebsitePanel

WebsitePanel is a professional and pretty awesome free Windows control panel.

After the popular DotNetPanel is open sourced, it is renamed as WebsitePanel and comes with features like:

  • multi-server support
  • compatible with all popular database, e-mail, FTP and DNS servers
  • can communicate with Exchange Server, Blackberry Server, SharePoint and much more.
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23 Comments
  1. Reply EngiGuide May 24, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    really amazing post…..

    i lik to use for me Kloxo HostinABox…….

    tnkx

  2. Reply Gaël May 24, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    Another nice one is IspCP Omega (http://isp-control.net/) It’s a VHCS fork created a few time ago when VHCS project was stopped. The team is active : correction and new versions come out regularly. Forum is also well responding for support. I use it since 3 months without problem.

  3. Reply Jordan Walker May 24, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    While agree that those are great open source control panels, I have had great success using what ever was installed by the host.

  4. Reply Laira May 24, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Simple and Awesome..
    Thanks For sharing. Great INFO..

  5. Reply Deluxe Blog Tips May 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Very nice resources. I’ve seen many host providers using CPanel, but these solutions looks like great alternatives. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Reply Hastimal Shah May 24, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Great Resources.
    thanks for sharing

  7. Reply web designer May 26, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    amazing… you give me many hosting panel…
    thanks

  8. Reply Vanessa May 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Excellent post – these are good solutions for people who are either running their own unmanaged server or offering free hosting services – instead of paying for software like Plesk or cPanel. A high quality hosting provider though would want to use a more proprietary solution in order to get more features and support.

  9. Reply Zenklys June 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Hi,

    Just to say, last update of Open Panel is from 2008. A little out of date.

  10. Reply Drum Boom June 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    I think http://www.cherokee-project.com/ also must be noticed here

  11. Reply Togrul June 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Hi,

    Thank you for such a comprehensive and valuable information.

    Take care,
    Togrul

  12. Reply maxy February 21, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    zpanel is also a good one.

  13. Reply haberler January 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    great post and very usefull informationi l was paying 35$ for idiot cpanel for years. it was expired for some months. why would l pay lots of moneyf or a control panel. l will use one of them after now. thankss. very usefull information.

  14. Reply Shane Ebert March 14, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    there is one that is missing from the list , ZpanelCP
    its supports Centos / Ubuntu / windows

    FTP / DNS / Mail (Imap/pop/smtp) with addon modules

  15. Reply Tauseef Alam August 1, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    There is one more panel called Zpanel to manage windows & Linux servers. Any one have an idea about the same.

  16. Reply awan September 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    how about Zpanel?
    ,, i want to try this Modul 😀

    but thanx for listing

  17. Reply SomeGut February 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    well, you should check out BSwCP ! 🙂
    It’s based on VHCS 2 and free, opensource 🙂

    URL: http://www.bswcp.com 🙂

  18. Reply Jonny February 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    What about enkompass created by cpanel and is now free for windows servers should check it out
    http://enkompass.cpanel.net/

    http://www.goodleyscomputers.co.uk

  19. Reply XiNiX April 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    EnKompass is Free for ONE Year Only.

  20. Reply Matt October 19, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Nice Web Hosting control panel list you’ve got here! 🙂 Thanks for this!

  21. Reply DAlibor November 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I suggest CentOS WebPanel it’s special panel for CentOS servers something like WHM.

    http://centos-webpanel.com

  22. Reply Bread December 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM
  23. Reply TheTechGenius April 6, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Actually, EnKompass is free for life. They just make you renew your license once every year. But the license and renewal is and always will be free. Until they decide to take it offline, then everyone that uses EnKompass will be screwed, because no one will be able to renew their licenses. lol

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