Category: CommunityControl Panel Pricing: The Real Value Of InterWorx vs. cPanel, Plesk, and DirectAdmin

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Best Value for your Hosting Business

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The choice of hosting panel is one of the most important decisions that a web hosting company or reseller can make. It has a significant impact on direct costs in the form of license fees and indirect costs in terms of support, staff, and customer satisfaction. Making the right choice depends on weighing the features and licensing costs of the various options and coming to a decision that offers the most bang for your buck.

To help you decide which web hosting control panel you should choose, we’re going to take a look at the costs and features of four of the most popular options in order to determine which is the best value for your money.

cpanel

cPanel Licensing Breakdown

License

Cost

Monthly

NA

Quarterly

NA

Yearly

$425

Owned License

NA

cPanel’s pricing is significantly more expensive for a yearly license than InterWorx, while at the same time failing to be truly competitive on features, especially for users/hosts that need advanced functionality like multi-server clusters with load balancing, a CLI interface, and full API. cPanel is also behind the times when it comes to IPv6 preparedness and is only just releasing an alpha with IPv6 support, not to mention anything close to the IPv6 management tools InterWorx includes.

Also unlike InterWorx, licenses are only available from its developers in yearly increments (although shorter periods are available from resellers).

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Plesk Panel 11 Licensing Breakdown

License

Cost

Monthly

$39.99

Quarterly

N/A

Yearly

$424.99

Owned License

N/A

For a yearly license, Plesk’s cost is about level with cPanel, and is nearly $200 more expensive than InterWorx. Plesk’s cost structure is also highly complex due to various add-on feature options, and the license cost can easily double or triple depending on your requirements.

While Plesk does better than cPanel when it comes to clustering, it too lacks some of the features that make clustering with InterWorx a pleasure. For example, Plesk does not offer simple master / node cluster setups, advanced cluster IP management, or realtime graphs for clustered nodes.

Plesk does have IPv6 support, but this functionality is again not as complete as that offered by InterWorx — Plesk Panel 11 does not include advanced IPv6 management using IPv6 pools, or IPv6 diagnostic tools.

Additionally, Plesk does not implement an email-based login system or multiple user logins with configurable permissions, which makes it much more challenging to securely and efficiently manage control panel access.

DirectAdmin

DirectAdmin Licensing Breakdown

License

Cost

Monthly

$29

Quarterly

$108

Yearly

$200

Owned License

$299

DirectAdmin is the only control panel that is competitive with InterWorx on price, with a slightly cheaper yearly license fee (although the monthly and quarterly licenses are more expensive).

Unfortunately, DirectAdmin has a fairly basic feature set when compared to the other control panels we’ve looked at. It has no clustering features at all, very limited IP address management, doesn’t integrate with useful 3rd party tools like CloudFlare CDN, and has only rudimentary troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities.

interworx

InterWorx Licensing Breakdown

License

Cost

Monthly

$24.95

Quarterly

$74.95

Yearly

$249.95

Owned License

$599.99

We’re sure this is no surprise to those of you who know and love InterWorx, but of the leading control panels, InterWorx comes out on top for both price and features.

Its full-featured clustering capabilities are unmatched in today’s market, and the depth and breadth of its IPv6 preparedness, fine grained access controls, comprehensive MySQL integration, and its 15 minute installation time make it the obvious option for modern web hosts.

If you’re interested in a full comparison of the industry-leading control panels, along with the sources we used to compile this article, check out our comparison matrix.

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Sep 18, 2013, 12:50 pmBy: InterWorx (0) Comments

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