As a website owner, dealing with scores of web services is cumbersome and requires in-depth knowledge of the level of a system administrator.

Many technically apt ones prefer to control server through CLI but for others, a web hosting control panel with a GUI is the best way to manage sever and different web hosting services.

Hence, having a good hosting control panel is one of the most crucial factors, if not the most important one while choosing a web hosting plan.

Therefore, this blog is to help those who are looking to buy a web hosting plan for their online presence and need to understand web hosting control panel in detail.

The comparison of top 11 open source hosting panels in 2019 will help you be aware of different web hosting control panels that you can try out.

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What is a web hosting control panel?

A web hosting control panel helps in effective monitoring and management of your hosting infrastructure through a single interface.

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With it, you can virtually manage your server and web hosting services offered by the hosting provider from anywhere. It simply takes care of the administration aspect of your hosting account.

Common features of control panels

A control panel has the capability to manage each service provided by your hosting provider from mails to security to file management and backups. Here is the list of some of the common features of all hosting control panels:

  • Complete DNS (Domain Name System) management including web domains, mail domains, etc.
  • Control over database management systems like MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • Managing email system – email addresses, quotas, preventing spam etc.
  • Complete server account management.
  • SSH and user key management.
  • Backup management.
  • Log files’ management and reporting.
  • Plugins and the ability to install other services and apps.

While these features are common in most of the hosting control panels, there are many other things that make a web hosting control panel perfect. Some hosting panels are open source and thus available without any charges while some are paid like cPanel, Plesk, and DirectAdmin.

Here, in this write-up, we will discuss the top 11 open source hosting control panels, their features.  This will be followed by a quick comparison of web hosting control panels. Let’s begin:

Top Open Source web hosting control panels in 2020

#1 Ajenti

An open-source web-based hosting control panel – Ajenti, is a perfect server administration tool that can manage multiple servers with ease. It can be used for managing a large variety of server related tasks like installing packages and running commands.

The users can view the basic server information like the RAM usage, available disk space, etc. Its add on the package – Ajenti V allows users to manage multiple servers from the same interface/panel.

It is known for delivering high performance and faster remote access. The anytime and anywhere accessibility is one of its primary features.

Source: Open-Source

OS support: Debian, RHEL, Ubuntu, Gentoo with easy portability to Linux and BSD.

Backend: Language – Python 2.7/3.4, Framework – GEvent, Extensibility – Pluggable, modular architecture.

Frontend: Language – JS, ES6 or CoffeeScript, Framework – AngularJS.

#2 VestaCP

VestaCP web hosting control panel is known for its simple yet effective interface. This makes it an ideal platform for resellers who want an easy and uncluttered interface. The secure and fast interface with keyboard shortcuts helps managing servers really fast.

The platform has a built-in firewall that makes it more secure. Smart filters further help to ban any IP address that seems to be making too many login attempts. The web interface supports 26 languages and regions around the world. It completely monitors the server including server stats, logs, and analytics, etc.

Source: Open Source and free hosting control panel

Web interface: PHP/JavaScript

Vesta Core/API: Bash

Database: MySQL + phpMyAdmin and PostgreSQL + phpPgAdmin


It comes with Softaculous auto-installer that helps in one-click installation of 439 apps across the server.

#3 Sentora

The Sentora open-source web hosting control panel is based on the strong foundations of ZPanel that acts as an effective control panel for small to medium ISPs. It has been built to work on various Linux distributions.

The major features include support, scalability, robustness, and extendibility.

Released under GPLv3, this open-source web hosting control panel makes managing your servers easier, secure and faster. The add-on store allows the clients to install, rate, publish and sell themes, modules, and localizations quickly.

#4 CentOS Web Panel

The CentOS Web-based control panel is an open-source and freely available hosting control panel. With many advanced features and modern panel with full control, it simplifies web hosting management.

It supports CentOS/ RHEL 6 Linux Distribution. It has the ability to automatically install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) on the client’s server.

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On the security front, the panel has the best Linux Firewall (CSF firewall) along with features like live monitoring, IP access control, automated backups, and complete database management.

To further its security, it also has File System Lock Feature that makes your site even more secure against hackers. Other features include MySQL with phpMyAdmin Panel, postfix, dovecot mailboxes and Roundcube web interface for emails.

In the case of dedicated servers and VPS, it provides the ability to directly access the server without going through the SSH every time, making operations faster.

#5 Kloxo-MR

Kloxo-MR is the fork of Kloxo control panel with much-advanced features and capabilities. It is an ideal choice for those who do not wish to manually install web servers, PHP or MySQL.

It is written in PHP and supports CentOS, Red Hat and their variants. It uses MariaDB or MySQL as the database.

The Kloxo-MR control panel also comes with support for multiple billing software like WHMCS, AWBS, AccountLab Plus, TheHostingTool, BoxBilling, and Blesta.

#6 Webmin

The Webmin control panel is ideal for Linux system administration. It is mainly used for the management of user accounts, FTP and DNS configuration, Apache administration and more.

It lets one manage a system remotely or from the console. Its extensibility further makes it an ideal web hosting control panel.

Webmin comprises a simple web server and a number of CGI programs that are written in Perl version 5 and uses all standard Perl modules.

#7 Froxlor

Froxlor is a very light weighted hosting control panel that comes with integrated support for the ticketing system, users, SSL management, IP, etc. The smart and comprehensive dashboard provides a complete overview of the admins. The panel is available for Gentoo and Debian.

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The web hosting panel can easily manage databases, domains, DNS, emails and much more. One of the attractive features is its flexibility – provides a number of customization capabilities to the admin.

It also has community-built support and manageable panels for the resellers and customers.

#8 ISPConfig

The ISPConfig is dedicated to Linux and its distributions. It is an open-source platform written in PHP. Users can easily manage emails, websites and DNS records as administrator. It allows the management of multiple servers from one control panel.

Other features include complete mail server management with antivirus and spam filters, multi-lingual functionality, DNS server management, community support, and much more.

#9 ZPanel

The ZPanel web hosting control panel is a free and open-source panel for servers based on Windows, Microsoft, and POSIX (Linux, Unix, and MacOSX).

The control panel is written in PHP and also utilizes a variety of freely available software packages to manage a secure web hosting service. The control panel with enterprise-class features has support for unlimited resellers.

#10 AlternC

AlternC is a set of web hosting server management software that is open source and is majorly used for Linux/ UNIX systems. It provides users with a simple interface with which they can manage their web and mail server and other internet-based services.

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The web interface is very simple and non-technical such that anyone can use it without necessarily having technical knowledge. Initially released in November 2000, it is an ideal web hosting control panel due to its simple yet advanced web hosting features.

#11 Domain Technologie Control

The Domain Technologie Control or DTC is an efficient web hosting control panel that aims to provide a graphics-oriented interface for managing the commercial web servers for shared, VPS and dedicated hosting servers. It is developed by GPLHost and its contributors and is available in multiple languages.

DTC is completely open-source and has also been recognized as the first web hosting control panel that has reached inclusion in leading distributions like Ubuntu (since 2008) and Debian (since Lenny in 2009) and FreeBSD, per Wikipedia.

Top open source hosting control panels comparison chart

Control PanelFreeFrontendBackendDatabase and DNSFTPEmailMulti-Server
SentoraYesPHPPHP/My SQLYesYesYesNA
CentOS Web PanelYesPHPPHP/My SQLYesYesYesNo
Kloxo-MRYesPHPPHP/My SQLYesYesYesYes
WebminYesPerlMy SQL/PerlYesYesYesYes
FroxlorYesPHPPHP/My SQLYesYesYesPartial
ISP ConfigYesPHPPHP/My SQLYesYesYesYes
ZPanelYesPHPMySQL/Maria DBYesYesYesNo
AlternCYesPHPPHP/Perl/Shell ScriptYesYesYesNot supported by default, need customization
Domain Technologie ControlYesPHPMy SQLYesYesYesNo, but can run in clustered environment
“Before the Acronis implementation, there was a huge risk that malware could take down our company. Now, with Acronis, I can say that we’ve done everything possible to protect our data from an attack.” CIO, high performance manufacturing company.
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The ideal hosting control panel will certainly depend upon your needs. If you do not want to go for the open-source, free web hosting control panel where you may have some limitations in terms of functionalities, you can also opt for paid control panels like cPanel or Plesk that come with ZNetLive’s services like cloud VPS and dedicated server.

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