cPanel and Plesk are the most popular control panels on the web hosting market.  Naturally, the two programs are often the subject of comparison.  Let’s take a closer look to see what these control panels have to offer.



Generally used on the Linux platform, cPanel is the most preferred and widely used control panel available.  The beauty of this software is that it allows server administrators and developers to integrate their own custom applications and functions.  Examples of cPanel’s add-on capabilities include RVSkins and the popular Fantastico one-click script installer.  The software is also packaged with WHM (Web Host Manager), which is a control panel designed for resellers.  Because it offers so many benefits to the end-user, cPanel is often viewed as having more capabilities than Plesk.



Plesk is considered as the most stable and reliable control panel in the industry, a cross-platform solution that runs both Windows and Linux systems.  Though it doesn’t allow you to incorporate custom programs, it does support a wide variety of add-on programs to enhance functionality.

Plesk offers numerous benefits in terms of features that suit administrators, resellers and end-users alike.  Traditionally, the major drawback of this control panel has been security.  Throughout the years, numerous security holes have been found in the software, leading to exploits on Windows and Linux platforms.  With that said, Plesk can be made secure with the proper configurations.



For the most part, cPanel and Plesk strive to meet the same goals.  The biggest difference lies in a few exclusive features and presentation as the interfaces are rather unique.   While Plesk makes a great choice in a secure server environment, you should know that cPanel is number one for a reason.