Cloud hosting is beating shared hosting in price and performance, more and more users choose VPS instead of shared hosting. Unlike shared hosting, unmanaged VPS is a little difficult to use, especially we are not system administrators, and we don’t know much about ssh commands. In this case we could choose managed VPS or buy a control panel, like CPanel, Plesk or DirectAdmin. However, the license is pretty expensive, the cost of a license may 10 times of the cost of a VPS monthly.
If we could done the same thing with free control panel, why not? Here is a list of free VPS control panels and brief introduction. Each control panel has its own pros and cons, but all of them offer basic features for websites management and server environment configuration. Check all the demos and choose the one meets your demands most.
Webmin, which is familiar to system administrators, is designed to manage Linux systems with web browsers instead of commands, with the integration of Vitrualmin, which is a webmin module designed to manage virtual hosts, webmin becomes a perfect free control panel. It’s a features rich control panel and you can do almost everything you need. Built-in features including file manager, let’s encrypt integration, firewall, backup and restore and so on.
Webmin is compatible with Unix-like systems, such as Cent OS, Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, Solaris and so on.
Vesta is compatible with Cent OS 5,6,7, Debian 6,7,8, and Ubuntu 12.04-15.10.
Attention: Vesta do not offer file manager, you may purchase a commercial plugin or manage files through FTP or SSH.
ISPConfig 3 is an open source hosting control panel for Linux which is capable of managing multiple servers from one control panel. Built-in features including file manager, firewall, cron jobs, multiple language support and so on.
ISPConfig is compatible with Debian 5 – 8, Ubuntu 8.10 – 16.04, CentOS 5.2 – 7, Fedora 10 and 12 – 15, OpenSuSE 11.1 – 12.3.