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Instead of Vesta — comparing Vepp and Vesta panels

Instead of Vesta — comparing Vepp and Vesta panels
Danya Kolesnikov
Marketing specialist

Vesta is a free open source control panel, has been on the market for more than 6 years. Many admins choose it for the server initial setup or as an administrative training assistant.

Vepp is a new control panel from ISPsystem, a company with a 15-year-experience in hosting software development. The product is developed primarily for regular users who need to manage a website but lack administrative skills.

In this article, we will compare panels’ functionality and install a website on WordPress.

Panel installation and server assignment

Usually, you have to install a panel on a server so that it could work. We’ll configure Vesta first.

Vesta installation
Vesta installation goes through the console, you need to know administrative commands

In Vesta, the whole process goes through the console and is described in the documentation. In short, you need to connect to a server, install cURL if there isn’t one. Then you need to send two commands: a cURL command to download installation wizard script and another one to start the installation. It’s not difficult but if you’ve never worked with the console before, the task may seem a bit daunting.

And now let’s configure Vepp. This panel’s feature is that it doesn’t require installation. The panel just connects to a server while not storing any files and not using the managed server’s resources. It’s convenient and it saves more drive space, RAM and processor power for your websites.

Connection to Vepp
Vepp connection page

Everything you need to connect is to specify the data to get access to the server at my.vepp.com and wait for 10 minutes.

Interface

Both panels are ready to work. Let’s go through their interfaces before creating a website.

The first impression of Vesta — not enough information. All the statuses, notifications, menu and settings are textual without any color designation. If something is not configured, it is either shown as a crossed-out text or not shown at all.

For example, the panel won’t highlight in red that your domain is not assigned to a server. You have to do everything the old-fashioned way — go and check it through the console yourself.

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The website card in Vesta. A bit confusing but you get used to it

At first, you need to get used to horizontal menus and settings location. You get used to it quite fast but it’s not intuitive right away. For instance, the self-written SSL-certificate connection is located separately for some reason, in a completely different server configuration section.

Now let’s open Vepp. Everything is intuitive here, you don’t need to figure out what’s hidden and where — all the basic settings are withing reach, it the website card. If something is not configured, a user will notice it at once and will be able to connect it in a couple of clicks.

The website card in Vepp.
The website card in Vepp. Here you can connect an SSL-certificate and create a backup. If the website isn’t available, the widget starts glowing red

Website publication on a domain

We chose a very popular CMS to create a website — WordPress. According to the W3Techs research, today, more than 30% of websites on the Internet are created on WordPress.

In Vesta, you can create a WordPress website in two ways: manually or using the Softaculous auto-installer. Both cases require creating a domain in the WEB section, it’s easy.

Then you can use the auto-installer but you need to pay first. If you don’t, Softaculous will refuse to install popular CMSs. It costs $12 a year or $1,5 a month.

Softaculous auto-installer
The Softaculous auto-installer. You can’t install WordPress for free

If you already settled for a free panel, you’ll need to create a website manually. Here you’re going to need a little administrative experience again:

  • You need to create a user and a database.
  • Configure an FTP-connection and upload CMS files.
  • Install the CMS through the installer.

The last part of the WordPress manual installation in Vesta
The last and the easiest part of the WordPress manual installation in Vesta

If you are somewhat experienced, the installation will take about 25-30 minutes. If you do it for the first time, you’ll have to read some instructions, forums and spend more than an hour in the process.

An important point — manually installed WordPress will have only three standard templates. A user needs to find, buy and install a suitable theme for their website by themselves.

It’s much easier in Vepp. If you don’t spend too much time picking a template, you can create a website in 5 minutes. The panel will check the domain work, install a server and WordPress on its own.

The website creation in Vepp
The website creation in Vepp. All you have to do is choose a WordPress template and specify a domain

The free Let’s Encrypt SSL-certificate connection

Both panels can work with any type of certificate. The main difference is convenience. In Vesta, when you add a domain, it’s easy to miss two hidden ticks for free certificate connection. Don’t be afraid, you can always connect an SSL later.

Vesta SSL
Let’s Encrypt connection in Vesta. See those two ticks? Now you know where they are

When you add a domain through Vepp, the panel will automatically check whether the domain is assigned to a server, and if everything is ok, it will configure a free SSL-certificate straight away. If it’s not, you can always connect the certificate later in a couple of clicks in the website card.

The SSL connection menu in Vepp
The SSL connection menu in Vepp

File management

Vesta has its own file manager. It has a broad functionality: a built-in text editor, work with archives, change of access rights, upload, sorting, download, and removal of files. That’s why the manager is paid — $28 for a lifetime license or $3 a month.

Most users could make do with file upload, removal, and renaming. But there isn’t such a version so you’ll have to pay or use and FTP.

The Vesta file manager
The Vesta file manager

In Vepp, you can also manage files through FTP or through its own file manager which is accessible right after the installation. It allows you to create, delete, and also upload files from a desktop or through a direct link.

The Vepp file manager
The Vepp file manager

Backups

Vesta automatically creates one backup a day and stores three latest copies by default. Backup can also be launched manually through the settings or through the console.

You won’t be able to create a separate copy for a particular website, you can only restore it from a full backup. Additionally, you can configure backup storage on an external FTP and also specify the compression ratio.

Vesta backup
Backups in Vesta. The green button creates a new one

Vepp can’t create backups on schedule yet. But you can create an unlimited number of copies separately for every website. Instead of storing them on an external FTP, you can store backups on your Google Drive. It’s more convenient because you only need to specify your Google account to configure it.

Backups in Vepp
Backups in Vepp. Each site has its own copy

Support and documentation

Vesta has short documentation. Support is paid, it costs from $60 an hour. The panel also has a big community and an official forum, you can ask for help there.

Vepp is a new panel. It doesn’t have its own forum or huge community yet. But the panel has free technical support, documentation and blog. The product is being actively developed and receives new functions once a month.

Comparison summary

Users choose Vesta for many reasons including, of course, its price — the panel’s free. But to work comfortably, you need to:

  • Learn Linux commands.
  • Sort out the interface. The panel is convenient for experienced admins but a newbie will have to find and remember where the settings are hidden.
  • Buy a file manager and Softaculous.
  • Read through the documentation, find answers on the forum and pay for support.

That’s why we recommend Vesta to enthusiasts and experienced users. If you just want to create a website, try Vepp! It’s simpler, more intuitive and has free support.

  Vesta Vepp
Operating system CentOS from 5 to 7;
Ubuntu from 12 to 18;
ebian from 7 to 9.
CentOS 7.
Web-servers Apache, Nginx. Apache, Nginx.
WordPress Manual installation
or through a paid version of Softaculous.
Doesn’t require installation.
Many categorized templates.
PHP available versions 7.0.
Manual version change.
From 5.2 to 7.3.
Setting inside the panel.
Databases MySQL/PostgreSQL. MariaDB.
Let’s Encrypt Installed by default. Installed by default.
Backup Full copies; server, desktop storage or Google Drive. Full copies; server, desktop storage or Google Drive.
File management A file manager (from $3 a month), FTP. A built-in file manager, FTP.
NAT support/can be installed in clouds Yes. Yes.
System requirements CPU 1Ghz, 512 MB RAM A fresh server with CentOS 7×64, RAM 1 GB.
Technical support From 60$ an hour. Free.

Vepp also has a free demo version for 14 days.

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Have some questions left? Just contact us — tell us about your website, what server you have and what tasks need to be solved. We’ll gladly give you some advice.

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Danya Kolesnikov
Marketing specialist