Oct 13, 2010

Until recently, choosing a control panel for your dedicated server was a fairly simple process. If you were using a Linux operating system on your server, you used cPanel, and if you were using Windows, you used Plesk. In theory, you could also choose to run your server without a control panel, but there’s very rarely a good reason to do so.

That simple decision has gotten a little more complicated these days. With the release of cPanel Enkompass and the continued development of Parallels Plesk Panel, dedicated hosting clients have a few new options to consider.

First, let’s look at control panels for Linux . The control panel of choice for Linux users has always been cPanel, and that’s not likely to change in the near future. The reason is simple: people who prefer Linux functionality also tend to prefer cPanel, which has a slightly more complicated interface than Plesk but provides more functionality. However, recent versions of Plesk have closed the gap with cPanel. While Plesk was once considered the control panel for people willing to trade functionality for ease of use, it is slowly gaining popularity among Linux users.

Windows users, on the other hand, used to have no choice in the matter, because cPanel did not offer a Windows-compatible control product. That changed a few months ago with the release of cPanel Enkompass, the first Windows-compatible version of cPanel.

Enkompass provides cPanel’s  fast performance and high functionality with the ability to run on Windows servers and integrate with other Windows services. It also maintains cPanel’s dual-interface design, meaning that administrators log in to a separate tool (WebHost Manager) rather than using the general cPanel interface.

Parallels Plesk Panel will probably remain the more popular control panel for Windows users, at least in the short term, because the Plesk interface is simpler to use, especially for user who don’t want to use separate logins for website management and server management. Windows users who are looking for more functionality, especially cPanel’s advanced reseller tools, are likely to be the first to make the switch from Plesk to Enkompass

SingleHop does not promote either control panel specifically as each user’s needs are unique. However, make sure to do your research on what kind of support and legacy each of these firms has, and you will quickly get a better picture on what will work best for you.

Feel free to chat with any of our Account Executives if you have further questions!


    That’s a neutral explanation or I shall say fair comparison given over here. Looking at the current popularity and market captured by plesk it will take some time for enkompass to spread out in the market.
    It was a good read.

    Posted by Hosting-India on December 1, 2010 Reply

    Hi, it’s been a few years since this article was written and it’s still a good resource. I’m not sure that Enkompass has been making many inroads into the Windows side of the market.

    On the Linux side of the market, many developers are using VPSes with lightweight control panels like my company’s control panel, ServerPilot (https://serverpilot.io/).

    If you update this article and want to chat with me about the changing hosting and control panel markets, I’d be more than happy to do so. Just shoot me an email.


    Posted by Justin Samuel on December 19, 2013 Reply

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