WebHosting 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
AntivirusImage 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 panelImage checkImage check
Site management
Website building toolsImage 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 checkImage checkImage check
Backup, RestoreImage checkImage checkImage check
Scheduled BackupsImage 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 reportsImage check
Raw logsImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Urchin integrationImage check
Database support
MySQLImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
PostgreSQLImage checkUpgrade
MSSQLImage checkImage checkImage check
Development tools support
PHPImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
Perl/CGIImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
TomcatImage checkImage checkImage check
PythonImage checkImage check
ASPImage 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 serverBattlefield 1942
Bulletin BoardphpBBphpBBphpBBphpBB, Invision
Content Managementmambo,typopostnuke, phpnuke
galleryCoppermine, GalleryGallery
FormmailImage checkImage checkImage checkImage check
ChatphpMyChat, EntropyWebChatgtchat, CSLHPHPOpenchat
CounterImage checkImage check

Overall score

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


Articles by Sangeetha Naik About the author:
Sangeetha Naik heads Bobcares.com. She is the co-founder of Poornam Info Vision Ltd., Software and IT services company specializing in Linux based solutions for Webhosts and ISPs. Poornam Info Vision is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company with a team of over 140 engineers.


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