What control panel is best for my 123 Reg VPS?

This article applies to 123 Reg VPS hosting.

This article will explain the differences between cPanel and Plesk 10.


For Linux users, the cPanel / WHM (WebHost Manager) is by far the most popular control panel and is the most sought after control panel by web hosting clients. A cPanel VPS includes both the WHM login and the cPanel client login for management. cPanel provides an intuitive interface to help website owners manage their VPS hosted sites, while WebHost Manager (WHM) automates server management tasks for server administrators. Together, they reduce overhead by simplifying complex tasks and allowing customers to manage their own accounts. Professionals and novices alike love the power cPanel and WHM offers, including the ability to activate new web technologies with the click of a mouse. This allows your company to meet the needs of today's hosting customers with minimal effort.

cPanel, the client administration client that is designed for website owners simplifies tasks such as uploading and managing web pages, creating email accounts, installing web-based applications, abuse protection, website statistics, viewing error logs, setting up parked domains, adding add-on domains, and much more site-related tasks.

WHM, the WebHost Manager, is designed for server administrators such as those with a Virtual Private Server. The WHM client allows you to setup and modify cPanel accounts, receive alerts if the server goes down, install applications, create hosting plans, integrate web technologies, upgrade apache, and even allows you to brand cPanel interfaces with custom logos if you so desire.

Plesk 10

One of the major advantages of the Plesk control panel is simplicity. Whereas cPanel has two applications, the client and server management (WHM), Plesk combines it all under one login destination and they use different logins that grant access to administrator, reseller, client, domain owner, or mail user privileges.

Parallels Plesk Panel has a redesigned cleaner and easier to navigate interface. Your most commonly used tasks will be available to you immediately and all menu options have been streamlined allowing you to get what you need done efficiently and with minimal hassle. Parallels Plesk Panel comes with many additional skins and gives users the ability to design custom skins and manage them in the browser-based interface. Use the custom desktop feature to design and brand the panel to your specifications.

With Parallels Plesk working on and releasing Plesk 10, they are constantly innovating and adding new features to make their control panel as easy and painless to manage for clients. With 10.0, they have added service plans and subscriptions, easier multiple domain hosting management, multiple FTP account management for Linux, a new administration panel for administrators, a health monitor to track server health, and a new integrated customer and business manager module to manage billing, store fronts, online payments, and accounting.