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Jul 01, 2017

Plesk vs cPanel Hosting: The ultimate guide

Plesk and cPanel are both wonderful control panels that contain rich functionalities and features. They are used by millions of web hosting solutions. Both which is better? There is no easy answer to that. This guide focuses on comparing both Plesk and cPanel, we will be comparing their prices, features, ease of use and available plugins. Interested? We don’t blame you!

Well, before we get into it, we’ll just mention that here at Xigen, we offer cPanel hosting at the best prices. Our cPanel hosting provides a seamless, efficient and easy to use interface so you can get the most out of it. Want to know more? Contact us today and we will give you the full details.

Now, time to get into the nitty gritty, read on to find which we think is better; Plesk or cPanel, and why!

Quick Overview

To actually start comparing the two, we should probably introduce them to your first. Plesk, also known as Parallels Plesk Panel is a flexible, effective and secure control panel. It is compatible with both Windows and Linux, but has more popularity in the windows web hosting field.

cPanel is a Linux based web hosting panel with an easy to use interface and great automation tools. The operations are simple, giving users the ability to manage their website and servers quickly and easily. Some might even regard cPanel as the most user-friendly control panel.

So, now you know what the control panels are, it’s time to talk advantages and disadvantages.

Ease of Use


Plesk is a complete multi-level control panel that offers server administrators an array of options to help build and maintain the hosting business and also provides end users with full control over their websites. It has an interface that is easy to navigate, which helps the user tremendously as they can quickly navigate to different sections so they can easily identify which functions they need.

Plesk has a detailed menu bar on the left-hand side that showcases all their features and applications:


cPanel is a more graphical web-based control panel that allows the user to easily manage their hosting accounts and websites. cPanel Hosting allows it’s users to efficiently handle and maintain almost all aspects of server operation like file hosting and email, site builder, web statistics and much more. The user-friendly interface allows you to customise your control panel to fit in with your requirements, regardless if you are handling hundreds of websites and/or servers.

cPanel has experienced significant growth and is now the most popular web hosting panel, and is used by multiple providers across the web, because of its popularity people have become more familiar and comfortable with cPanel Hosting, and it has now become the standard when it comes to web hosting.


The price of the control panels will have a big effect on which you decide to go for. cPanel offers either $45 a month or $425 a year for their cPanel & WHM Dedicated package. For their cPanel & WHM VPS package, they offer $20 monthly or $200 a year.

Plesk offers their plans slightly differently, prices are given according to the amount of features available, for instance for only 10 domains the ‘web admin edition’ package, it would cost users £4.14 monthly, for the ‘web pro edition’, which offers 30 domains, WordPress Toolkit 20, a Developer Pack, Subscription Management and Account Management, users would pay £12.50 monthly, and finally for the ‘web hosting edition’, an unlimited amount of domains is available, WordPress Toolkit 2,0, a Developer Pack, Subscription Management, Account Management and Reseller Management, the user would pay £29/17 monthly.

As you can see, the prices for both of the control panels differ slightly. However, in recent years as, the licences for cPanel and Plesk are frequently bought, the price no longer concerns customers. This is because most hosting packages include cPanel Hosting as a control panel for free.

The requirements

Before making your final decision it important that you have the correct resources to cater to the control panels, as both cPanel and Plesk have specific requirements.

Since Plesk supports both Linux and Windows operating systems, it needs at least 512 MB of RAM, 10GB hard disk for the Linux System and 1GB of RAM and 32 GB hard disk for the windows operating systems.

cPanel only supports a Linux based system. The requirements for a cPanel Hosting and WHM software ranges from a minimum of 266 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM and finally a 10GB hard disk. cPanel is also fully compatible with various virtual environments, including:

  • Linux-Vserver
  • OpenVZ
  • Virtuozzo
  • Microsoft Server Hyper-v
  • Oracle VM Virtualbox

And many more…


We believe that both Plesk and cPanel are both amazing control panels, however cPanel has got the edge. cPanel Hosting is fantastic for users who prefer Linus, whole Plesk is better for those who prefer windows. Both control panels come with amazing functionality which allows users to configure website, view their statistics, handle files, manage emails and much more.

However, the better control panel is determined by your preferences, we at Xigen, believe that cPanel is better because it simply works seamlessly with us, but what do you think?