What would be the ideal control panel?

Posted March 20, 2017 3.9k views
Configuration ManagementUbuntu 16.04

Hey, there

What would be the ideal (no errors) control panel for Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP (LEMP stack) in Ubuntu 16.04, with Postfix?

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If you want a hosting control panel your best options would be cPanel/WHM or Plesk. While there are a lot of options out there and I am normally one to always recommend open source options first, these commercial options come with support and have dedicated staff who can ensure that patches are pushed out prompted when needed.

If you want something simple to manage these services just for yourself my reliable standby is Webmin, it’s old, written in Perl and dates to the 90’s but is still updated and very solid but I wouldn’t usually recommend it if you plan to give clients/users access to a panel but rather just to provide a functional GUI for configuration and management of Linux/FreeBSD services.


Ryan, i went on installing with ssl, but i just ignored that it was a tutorial 14.04, since you recommended.

When loging in to Webmin, i get, ‘not possible to access this website’. ERRCONNECTIONTIMED_OUT

I just saw that the tutorial is for Ubuntu 14.04 and i have the 16.04.

What now?

Hello, all

This is a really interesting question that I’ve seen before and would like to share my opinion with the rest of you.

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.

You can also quickly deploy a droplet using the one-click droplet from our marketplace. cPanel is a third party application managed through our Marketplace. New installations of cPanel come with a 15 day free trial. For further use beyond that point a valid license will need to be purchased directly through cPanel.

Please refer to below link for further details:

I will list the top control panels that I recommend:

CentOS Web Panel
Vesta CP

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.