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Common features of cPanel, Plesk and DotNet Panel web hosting

September 29, 2009 by  
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cPanel, Plesk and DotNet Panel are the control panels offered by most of the professional web hosting service providers. These control panels provided by the hosting firms, help users to manage different tasks of web hosting. These panels simplifies the tasks for the support staff too, as clients are able to carry out majority of the tasks on their own. Tasks that can be simplified with the use of these control panels, are management of web services, E-mails, DNS and Database on both half’s i.e. client and administrator. Most web hosting service providers offer control panel access as a standard feature for the web hosting accounts. These control panels are simple to use, a person with no webmaster skills can operate it too, and hence this is one of the major reasons why these control panels have been widely preferred by web hosting service providers and their users.

cPanel offers support for Linux Servers only. That limits web hosts to offer cPanel with Linux Servers only. Whereas, DotNet Panel supports Windows Servers only. DotNet Panel Windows Hosting is another type of web hosting solution offered by web hosting providers. While Plesk control panel is compatible with Linux as well as with Windows web hosting platforms. But, DotNet Panel is more preferred for managing Windows Hosting accounts than Plesk due to its stability.

cPanel, Plesk and DotNet Panel all have their own advantages when used by customers and administrators of Web hosting services. Usually, Plesk and DotNet Panel are more preferred and offered with Windows Web Hosting service and cPanel with Linux Web Hosting solutions.


Advantages of Plesk control panel:

  • Windows Support : Plesk works with Windows Web hosting which enables web hosting service providers to offer Windows based web hosting packages to the customers. Websites designed using ASP and ASP.NET works only on Windows servers, so you are not left with any option other than choosing Windows Web Hosting services. Customers usually prefer DotNet Panel instead of Plesk for managing Windows Web Hosting accounts. But, if DNP isn’t available then Plesk too is a good alternative.
  • Windows Service Support : As Plesk can be used on Windows based servers it has the capability to integrate with multiple Windows based programs. It has an advanced feature support for some Windows programs such as Microsoft SQL Server which can be managed by Plesk by server administrators and clients with their own databases which makes it an ideal control panel solution for Windows.
  • Cross Platform Compatibility : From a system administrator’s point of view,  one may find it more beneficial having a single control panel on all the servers. Mastering a single control panel is much simpler than mastering two. As a customer one may find it easy since it means that one should be able to get the same sort of features from both Linux as well as from Windows web hosting solutions.

Though Plesk seems to be perfect for Windows web hosting packages, it can also be used for Linux packages.


DNP is probably the best available solution that is developed for simplifying Windows Hosting management operations. It offers its users with greater flexibility. It is written in C# and comprises with the latest technologies such as WMI, ADSI, SOAP Web Services with Web enhancements and N velocity Templates engine.

DNP offers support for Exchange Server 2007, Windows Share Point Services, IIS 7.0, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and a new VPS solution for complete Enterprise level automation of virtualization. It is reputed as the fastest AJAX enabled control panel.

Features of DotNet Panel:

  • Easy Usability: The installation process is fairly simple and easy. You are not required to waste days for making the control panel work for you.
  • Security: Most advanced security technology such as asymmetric cryptography, process isolation and Web Services messages signing is used in DNP.
  • Multi-Server: DNP is remarkably scalable, distributed n-tier application.


cPanel is a preferred control panel for Linux web hosting services. Benefits of cPanel are as follows.

  1. More Features of Linux : cPanel encompasses more features for Linux web hosting solutions than Plesk control panel. cPanel can be used in combination with different add-ons such as Fantastico script installer and CFS firewall to provide customers a wide range of services which can be used from their web hosting accounts control panel, such features can’t be used on Plesk Linux Web Hosting servers.
  2. Reseller Support : Apart from Plesk 9.0 version, other versions does not provide support for reseller web hosting accounts whereas cPanel offers good support for resellers. cPanel is available with the Web Host Manager (WHM) panel which allows resellers to control all different aspects of their reseller accounts including the configuring of their own packages and the setting up of client web hosting accounts.
  3. Faster Loading : cPanel’s internal pages load more faster than those of Plesk and certain tasks are carried out quicker than they would be with the Plesk control panel. cPanel does not rely on external databases in much cases, this is one of the reasons of the smooth functioning. cPanel has proven to be more reliable than Plesk on Linux.

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