Web Hosting control panels compared – Part 2

In WebHosting control panels compared – Part 1, we checked out the Licensing, user friendliness, multi language support, Security and Platform support for various control panels. The juice of a control panel though, always lies in the features it supports, especially the ones that your customers are going to see and use. In this Part 2, we do a one to one comparison of various features in cPanel, Hsphere,Plesk and Ensim.

 

 

 

End user features

Enduser control panel features are the features that your customers see when they use your WebHosting service. This section compares which control panel is most useful to your customers.

Customers typically use only 40% of your software’s features. The main challenge that Software designers face though is that the 40% which one user uses may be totally different from the 40% that another user uses. If you have a wide variety of users starting from the New entrant to the Power user, you may want to consider a control panel that scores best in the control panel features.

Client panel Feature by Feature compare

 cPanelHspherePleskEnsim
Email Management    
Multiple Email accountsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Antivirus Image checkImage checkImage check
Anti-SpamImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
WebMailImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Mailing ListsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
ForwardersImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Mailbox QoutasImage checkImage checkImage check 
Mailuser control panel  Image checkImage check
     
Site management    
Website building tools Image checkupgrade 
Multiple FTP accountsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Anonymous FTPImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
FrontpageImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
File ManagerImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Directory protectImage check Image checkImage check
Backup, RestoreImage check Image checkImage check
Scheduled Backups   Image check
SSL supportImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Custom error pagesImage checkImage checkImage check 
Mime types/ apache handlersImage checkImage checkImage check 
Search Engine submitImage checkImage check  
     
Stats    
Disk usage reportImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Web StatsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Bandwidth reportsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Scheduled email reports  Image check 
Raw logsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Urchin integration Image check  
     
Database support    
MySQLImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
PostgreSQL Image checkUpgrade 
MSSQL Image checkImage checkImage check
     
Development tools support    
PHPImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Perl/CGIImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Tomcat Image checkImage checkImage check
Python  Image checkImage check
ASP Image checkImage checkImage check
     
Domain management    
SubdomainsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Parked domainsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
MX entry changeImage check   
     
3rdparty scripts    
Shopping cartAgoraMiva, OsCommerceMiva, webshop managermiva, oscommerce
GuestbookSimple, advanced guestbookExtropia  
Game server  Battlefield 1942 
Bulletin BoardphpBBphpBBphpBBphpBB, Invision
Content Management  mambo,

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postnuke, phpnuke
gallery  Coppermine, GalleryGallery
FormmailImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
ChatphpMyChat, EntropyWebChatgtchat, CSLHPHPOpenchat
CounterImage checkImage check  

Overall score

 

  • Image stars-4-5Hsphere – Very Feature rich, especially Sitestudio, PostgreSQL and Urchin support. Lack of prebuilt content management system, gallery.
  • Image stars-4-0Ensim Pro – A good package with a few exceptions like PostgreSQL and Site builder.
  • Image stars-3-5Plesk – Rich 3rdparty script support. Strong email and Development tools. But upgrade required for many.
  • Image stars-2-5Cpanel – Somewhat dated 3rdparty software. Lacking in Database and development tool support. Lack of Tomcat and PostgreSQL.. Its easy to add scripts though.

 

Demo links

When you choose a control panel, make sure to check the demo. Most control panel sites have a demo section to check all the Client side features. Listed here are the links to the demos of the four control panels

 

 

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