Instead of Vesta — comparing Vepp and Vesta panels
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 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 fresh server while not storing any files and not using the managed server’s resources. It’s convenient and it saves more HDD, RAM and CPU capacity for your websites. And if you already have a WordPress website, Vepp will help you quickly move it to a new server, along with the theme and plugins.
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.
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.
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 within reach, in the website dashboard: SSL-certificate, domains, backups, website availability, and antivirus. If something is not configured, the user will notice it at once and will be able to connect it in a couple of clicks. Having statistics on the dashboard is a cool feature — the indicators are pulled from Google Analytics. You can watch how traffic grows, how many new visitors come to the website, and how many leave immediately.
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.
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 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. 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.
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
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
In Vepp, you can also work with files via FTP or through your own file manager, which is available once the panel is connected. Your can use this file manager to create, delete, and upload files from your computer or via a direct link. A built-in text editor is provided.
The Vepp file manager
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.
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. 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.
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.
|Operating system||CentOS from 5 to 7;
Ubuntu from 12 to 18;
ebian from 7 to 9.
|CentOS 7, Ubuntu 18.|
|Web-servers||Apache, Nginx.||Apache, Nginx.|
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.
|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 $3 a month), FTP.||A built-in file manager, FTP.|
|NAT support/can be installed in clouds||Yes.||Yes.|
|System requirements||CPU 1Ghz, 512 MB RAM||A fresh server with CentOS 7 or Ubuntu 18, RAM 1 GB, ×64.|
|Technical support||From 60$ an hour.||Free.|
Vepp also has a free demo version for 14 days.
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.