Web hosting control panels provide an elegant solution to Linux newbies to host and manage multiple websites on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated Servers. These control panels offer easy to use management softwares to simplify the process of handling servers without the need of expert knowledge of server administration. There are various Open source control panels available in the market which you can use to manage your hosting.

ISPConfig

This one is an open source multilingual control panel that allows you to manage multiple servers under one control panel. It is licensed under the BSD license. This open source control panel is also useful to manage FTP, SQL, BIND DNSDatabase and Virtual servers.

This Control Panel gives the following advantages to users:
  1. Can manage more than one server from one control panel.
  2. Easy to use the web interface withadministratorreseller and client login.
  3. Able to manage web servers like Apache and Nginx.
  4. Configuration mirroring and clusters.
  5. Able to manage email and FTP servers.

Ajenti

Ajenti

This is an open source, feature rich, powerful and lightweight control panel. Ajenti provides a responsive web interface for managing small server set-ups. Also, its best suitable for Dedicated and VPS hosting users. Ajenti control panel has many built-in plugins that are useful to configure and manage server software’s and services like Apache, Nginx, MySQL, FTP, Firewall, File System, Cron, Munin, Samba, Squid etc and many other programs like File Manager, Code Editor, etc… for developers and Terminal access.

Kloxo

Kloxo is one of the advanced as well as free web control panels for Redhat and CentOS distributions. It has leading control panel features like FTPspam filterPHPPerlCGI, and much more. Kloxo also contains in built modules like messagingback up restore and a ticketing system, etc.
It allows the end user to manage/run a combination of Apache with BIND and switch the interface between these programs without losing data.

Please check our next article at Part II to know about a few more important Linux open source control panels.

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