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.



Kloxo HostinABox


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.



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 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 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.



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 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 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 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 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.





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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  • really amazing post…..

    i lik to use for me Kloxo HostinABox…….


  • Gaël

    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.

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

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

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

  • Great Resources.
    thanks for sharing

  • amazing… you give me many hosting panel…

  • 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.

  • Zenklys


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 A little out of date.

  • Drum Boom

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

  • Hi,

    Thank you for such a comprehensive and valuable information.

    Take care,

  • maxy

    zpanel is also a good one.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

    but thanx for listing

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

    URL: http://www.bswcp.com 🙂

  • Jonny

    What about enkompass created by cpanel and is now free for windows servers should check it out


  • EnKompass is Free for ONE Year Only.

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

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


  • TheTechGenius

    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