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Best alternative to cPanel

Cloudways is the cPanel alternative anyone can use — not just developers

Cloudways is the visual platform to manage your websites, where everything takes half the time and half the clicks it takes with cPanel.

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Cloudways users know exactly what they want and how they want it

“I like feeling free of cPanel. I loathe cPanel. Cloudways has its own control panel and once I got used to the way it’s set up and its minimalism, I felt very comfortable.”

Rick Powell

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Ease of Use

cPanel score: 9.0
Web hosting average: 8.6

Quality of Support

cPanel score: 8.7
Web hosting average: 8.3

Ease of Setup

cPanel score: 8.6
Web hosting average: 8.5

Old school is not always cool

cPanel was released 25 years ago. Even though traditional users like cPanel, a lot has changed in web hosting since 1996 that cPanel hasn’t caught up with yet.


  • Was designed for devs with tech knowledge
  • Makes you pay extra for basic features
  • Puts you in charge of maintenance

Users say cPanel’s outdated design makes it hard to use

“Nothing is where I expect it to be and I waste a lot of time just looking for things.”

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“The UI should be developed, it’s not slow, but it’s old.”

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“The visitor and error statistics tools are not intuitive. The user interface has an outdated design.”

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“It literally aches me navigating the menus. Without technical knowledge you’ll probably break something.”

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“I feel like visiting a webpage to do X will break Y if you try to visit Y before completing a Z action. A big old roundabout. Eugh.”

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“The options for mailbox types are only two, both look hideous and give me an eye sore.”

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You don’t need to be a developer to love Cloudways

Manage hundreds of sites without hassle, even if you’re not tech-savvy

Easy to use, visual interface

cPanel buries every action under menus and endless forms. Cloudways gets things done in a few clicks.

Free up time spent on maintenance

No more upgrades, patches and security tasks. Cloudways solves the boring admin stuff for you.

Best for agencies, not hosting providers

Agencies that don’t want clients dealing with admin tasks, love Cloudways managed services.

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Cloudways makes hosting management faster and easier

The online world is becoming increasingly competitive. Choose a hosting solution that saves you time and guarantees performance as your business grows.


Basic configurations comparison

Hosting capabilities

cPanel doesn’t offer hosting — it’s only a control panel. Cloudways offers its own visual web hosting control panel on top of super-fast hosting servers.

High performance support

cPanel doesn’t offer hosting — it’s only a control panel. Cloudways offers its own visual web hosting control panel on top of super-fast hosting servers.

Server selection

Supports Digital Ocean, Linode, Azure, AWS, Amazon Lightsail and Google Cloud, as part of their Hyperscalers plan.

Choose from 5 different providers, no constraints: Digital Ocean, Linode, Vultr, AWS, and Google Cloud.

Ease of use

cPanel is an outdated system with tons of menus and forms. Cloudways lets you manage web servers and sites using a visual dashboard — no learning curve.

Sites per account

cPanel limits your accounts to 1, 5 or 30 on their lowest plans. Cloudways gives you unlimited sites on any plan.


Being around since 1996, lots of traditional developers stick with cPanel.

Email hosting

cPanel lets you create and manage email accounts. At Cloudways we recommend separating email and web hosting. You can still get mailboxes with Cloudways as an add on service.

Ease of use & UI/UX comparison

New website creation

cPanel makes you use a separate dashboard to create new hosting accounts: WHM. With Cloudways you can create multiple servers and sites from a single place, in a few clicks.

File uploading

It’s 2021 and cPanel doesn’t support drag and drop. Do we need to say more?

SSL installation

cPanel requires a plugin and installation is limited to command-line access. Cloudways comes with 1-Click free SSL installation.

File manager and editor

Viw, edit and move files using a visual file manager instead of fighting your way through cPanel’s endless buttons and FTP downloads and uploads.

Security comparison

Automated backups

Cloudways’ 1-Click Backup & Restore gives you peace of mind. cPanel offers a $5.95/mo add on for backups.

Dedicated firewalls

All Cloudways servers are protected by OS-level firewalls. With cPanel, you have to pay $12/mo extra for a firewall extension.

DDoS protection

Cloudways helps you protect your websites from attacks by partnering with Malcare. Set it up yourself in cPanel, with some technical skills.

Collaboration comparison

WordPress migration

cPanel makes you create databases and upload files to your new server. Cloudways solves it in a few clicks, with a free plugin.

Staging environments

Takes dozens of steps in cPanel, including creating your own database. Clone servers or individual sites with just 1 click in Cloudways.

Server transfer

Transfer ownership of the servers to your clients, using Cloudways’ 1-Click hosting feature. With cPanel, you better understand DNS, Apache, and databases

Team members

cPanel charges per user account. Cloudways allows you to invite your entire team to work together, at no extra fees.

Projects & teams

cPanel lets you manage multiple domains. Are you managing a lot of websites? Cloudways lets you create Projects to group your apps, and assign them to your teams.

Pricing comparison

Lowest plan

cPanel starts at $15/mo, with a plan suited for hobby websites. Cloudways gives you super-fast hosting at $10/mo, with unlimited websites

Core features

Cloudways includes critical features like free SSL, team management, health monitoring and automated backups on all plans. cPanel offers add ons you need to pay extra for.

Billing management

One account, one billing section, why complicate things? cPanel offers an $18.95/mo extension to have all-in-one billing for your customers.

Customer support

Cloudways offers 24/7/365 Live Chat support, on any plan. cPanel charges a whopping $65/incident fee for customer support.

Site migration

The cPanel team migrates your site to cPanel at no cost. *Conditions apply.

Your 1st site migration is absolutely free with a NO BUGS guarantee.

You don’t need to be a developer to use Cloudways

Get free access to your dashboard for 3 days. Migrate your site and experience how easy it is to set up, manage and host your sites.

At Cloudways, customer support doesn’t cost extra

Cloudways customer support performance
Q3 2020 – Q1 2021

  • 2.1 minutes

    Initial response time

  • 30 minutes

    Average time to solve and close a support inquiry

  • 90%

    Percentage of support inquiries closed with a happy and satisfied customer

Dedicated Account Manager
Private Slack channel
Phone Support

Your first migration is on us

Considering moving to Cloudways? Our migration team will take care of your 1st site migration — free of charge and with minimal downtime.

No Bugs Guaranteed! Our migration pros work closely with you to make sure your site looks, works and loads as you expect.

“Speed is great and it’s easy to use and manage. It’s also easy to explain to non-techies how to use Cloudways.”
Rubén Castellanos – Online Teaching Platforms
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Frequently Asked Questions

At Cloudways, security is our top priority. Rest assured that our staff takes a proactive approach to keeping our servers safe and secure from malicious traffic, malware and attacks.

Keep in mind that the following security features are available on ALL plans:

  • Dedicated Firewalls
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • IP Whitelisting
  • SSL encryption
  • Regular Security Patching
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Bot Protection

If you have any additional questions or concerns about securing your sites, don’t hesitate to contact the Cloudways customer service team. We’re always happy to help.

Yes, cPanel is very versatile in that regard. You can install just about any Content Management System on cPanel.

Cloudways also supports more than WordPress hosting. Any website that’s based on a PHP Content Management System such as Drupal, Magento, Laravel, and Joomla, can be hosted on Cloudways.

You betcha! If you’re looking for the best cPanel alternative for ease of use, you can’t go wrong with Cloudways. Forget about command lines, using separate control panels for server management and multiple clicks just to do a simple task. The Cloudways interface gives site owners a visual web panel where you can drag and drop to manage your cloud servers and sites.

No, cPanel is not free or open source (common misconception). They allow new users to download test licenses for free, however. But even these test licenses should be installed with caution, because they can’t be uninstalled afterwards. The only way to remove cPanel from your server is to reformat the entire hard drive. Yikes.

But not to worry. There are plenty of great alternatives to cPanel. Cloudways offers a completely free 3-day trial for new users to test out our platform. We even cover the costs of your first site migration to make sure that everything is working smoothly.