Lightweight Nginx Control Panel?

  • Posted January 16, 2015

I’m new to DigitalOcean as of about 4-5 months ago, but I’ve really only configured the default setup (SSH, Wordpress, security, etc), and now need to move on. This is my first VPS setup, and I’ve thus far only used the command line.

I’m now to the point where I need to set up SSL, and some email accounts, and I feel like that may be a bit of a pain with just command line, though I don’t actually know. Here’s what I need / care about:

-Set up multiple email addresses for 2-3 domains. -Forward email from those addresses to my primary gmail address. -Does a lightweight panel effect performance (site load times mostly) on low / mid traffic websites? (Especially on a highly optimized, lightweight Wordpress site) -Set up SSL for domain(s).

That’s roughly all I need to do now, but I have ZERO experience doing those things via command line, without a control panel (my history consists of cpanel and Hostgator up until now). Performance is important to me, but I’m not going to flip out over 5%~ or less impact for convenience. I’m just wondering if a lightweight panel is right for the above tasks (and future general use), or if I should stick with the command line (while I respect the simplicity, I don’t share the elitist mindset that comes with 100% command line, so keep that in mind). If I do add a panel, what’s a great option for a LEMP setup?


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Panilux Panel is native support Nginx with pagespeed and spdy, and PhpFpm.

Dont worry about .htaccess files. You can convert to nginx rules with “.htaccess converter” tool on domain settings.

Checkout Vesta Control panel it’s free and they use nginx out of the box. The only problem you are going to have with any control panel is that you cannot install it on top of the server you already have running. It would need to be a fresh droplet with nothing but the OS.

You can always install cpanel if that’s what you are familiar with. In my experience control panels do not affect performance very much. I have a $10 droplet running Cpanel and about 15 of my client’s website. But I also have nginx running as proxy server, varnish for my cache, and mod_pagespeed to help with html best practices.

Hope this answers your questions.

Good Luck!

Hello, all

I will recommend you to check this question which was previously asked in our community:

There a lot of web panels available (most of them are free to use) that you can choose in order to manage your server. What I can recommend is to try them as in this way you can see if it really suits your needs.

I will list the top control panels that I recommend:

CentOS Web Panel Vesta CP Webmin Ajenti ISPConfig cPanel/WHM

and of course I need to mention Plesk although it’s not free it’s been available for a while and it’s always been the main cPanel competitor. It has a lot of build-in features and a lot of plugins that you can install and you can always reach to their support team if needed which is something that might come handy in time.

You’ve now got some great options if you want to use a control panel with your server but you don’t want to pay for a license. I’ve tried to lay out most of the available options, but which one is best will ultimately depend on your individual needs.

Hope that this Regards, Alex

I’m using Ajenti + Ajenti-v for about a year. It’s free and open-source. It’s written with Python, it uses system’s packages, it supports nginx+fpm natively, you can even run and manage nodejs, python and PHP websites at same droplet with one unified panel. The best part is that you can edit almost any configuration (nginx settings, fpm settings etc.) from virtualhost’s panel directly.

Check it out:,

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Basically what you are telling is that you need to setup a mailserver and also you want a control panel to manage your email accounts. You should look into iRedMail. iRedMail will configure your email server in minutes with a control panel to manage them. Here is a tutorial from the community, it’s a bit old though. The new version of iRedMail 0.9.0 supports Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 and LEMP stack. This is a guide on how to install it from the official documentation EDIT: You should install on a fresh droplet!