There are many free control panel apps I’ve reviewed and posted a tutorial about how to install it. But today I’m gonna introduce you a non-free control panel with very affordable license price but capable to delivering awesome premium features. I know you might think it’s WHM/cPanel but no. There are many reviews about it already so I’m gonna introduce you another great panel called ISPmanager.
Short introduction :
ISPmanager is a Linux-based commercial web hosting control panel with a set of features very similar to premium control panels. But since it comes with much lower price ISPmanager became a very interesting solution for end-users who need a good alternative to cPanel but won’t overpay just for popular brand. Maybe this is why ISPmanager has more than 100.000 licenses sold worldwide (*according to developers’ website).
WHY WE DECIDED TO REVIEW THE COMMERCIAL PANEL
- Low prices compete to other commercial panels;
- High level of reliability – the panel is offered since 1997 and there is no sign that its history can be ended in future;
- Regular updates and high level of security;
- Full documentation of a product;
- integration with almost all popular billing platforms;
- ISPmanager has a very low resource usage footprint and runs on its own port, which means you can access your server even if HTTP is down.
There are two versions of ISPmanager available: the Lite version for managing personal VPS or dedicated servers and the Business version, which is ideal for providing shared and reseller hosting.
ISPmanager Lite Features:
- Management of users and templates of users (including setting of limits for them).
- Web-domains management with ability to select PHP mode and redirects.
- Quick installation of any CMS or SSL certificate on a domain.
- Creation of domain zones and edition of domain records.
- Mailboxes management: mail domains and mailboxes creation; redirects and aliases configuration; mail filters setting.
- Data bases management. Setting permissions for database users.
- FTP users management: creation, activation and suspending of FTP users.
- Edition of files through the ISPmanager. Ability to set permissions on files and directories.
- Firewall management.
- Backup system.
- Resource usage statistics.
- User permissions setting up.
- Integration with Site.pro website builder and Softaculous Auto Installer.
ISPmanager Business Features
ISPmanager Business has all the features, which can be found in Lite version among with exclusive ones
- Management of multiple servers (nodes) from a single web-interface.
- Allocation of users between cluster nodes.
- Assigning of different roles to different nodes (servers) – web-server role, database server, mail server, primary and secondary name servers.
- Advanced limits for users/user templates.
- Integration with CloudLinux.
Since there is a free 14-day trial version of ISPmanager among with online demo version you are able to check everything up before making any decisions to pay for it. Here are the links, which can help you to learn more about the panel.
So we decided to install the panel. Developer recommends clean installation of ISPmanager. You should install a minimal version of the operating system, all the services that ISPmanager requires, will be installed automatically during software installation.
ISPmanager is installed and updated from the OS repository so basicle what you’ll need to do is:
Step 1 – Connect to your server via Putty (or any SSH client) as root or as user with root privilege.
Step 2 – Go to download section of ISPmanager’s website and copy the command, which you will need to execute.
Step 3 – Execute the command bellow:
Step 4 – Execute the installation script than follow the Installation Wizards steps:
Step 5 – Select a version you want to install: beta or stable release, and connect the corresponding ISPsystem repository. It will also connect other required repositories (EPEL for CentOS) and update the package cache.
Step 6 – Select ISPmanager and its version from the list of software products. The installation script will install the control panel and required software from the system repository.
Step 7 – The installation on CentOS 6.5 looks something like this:
Step 8 – Once the installation is complete, you can access ISPmanager at the following URL:
Url: https://<server ip address>:1500/ispmgr
Password: <root password>
That’s it. You can now enjoy using ISPmanager on your server.