Recently I gave cPanel the boot and said hello to Plesk Obsidian Web Admin SE which is FREE for up to 3 domains. I’ve run cPanel for well over a decade, but its license fee has skyrocketed within the past year. Searching for an alternative and trying two others, I chose the FREE Plesk Obsidian Web Admin SE version as the easiest to set up. And had my two sites online within an hour.
As a hobbyist and blogger who is not intending to profit from my posts and videos, cPanel got to be cost prohibited. My server is leased for $40 per month from Vultr.com. Add the cPanel $ 19-month license fee it was ridiculous paying $59 month total. They just got too greedy and are shooting themselves in the foot. Plesk Obsidian Web Admin SE is a lot of bang with no license fee!
Plesk Web Admin SE edition supports FREE lets encrypt SSL/TLS certificates through manual name-server setup. Meaning your domain’s name-servers must point to the default Plesk selects when adding a domain. All I did was change my IP Address in CloudFlare and www.docsplace.org came right up. Plesk shows a warning under SSL/TLS because of the CF origin cert. That can be ignored.
So are you ready to take the plunge and dump WHM and cPanel? If so I highly recommend Vultr.com who has many options for web-server one click installation. You can select your servers physical location. Click application tab and select Plesk. Lastly select your server size option. I’m streaming videos from a second domain that can be somewhat intensive at times. I’m finding vultr’s 4 core Intel CPU, 8192MB ram, and 160GB drive is more that sufficient for my needs. www.docsplace.org runs 10 sub-domains easily under Plesk Web Admin SE edition.