What would you rate the "better" control panel for windows servers? I would have the option between Plesk and Helm. Now I once used plesk on a linux box and hadnīt really been happy with it, but now I had a look at Helm and it doesnīt really look to be powerful as well....
We use Helm and we are very happy with it. Updates come quickly and there is a great community at forums.webhostautomation.com
I've used Plesk on Windows servers and must say I found it very unfreidnly and clunky after being used to Helm.
Also, Helm is a true multi-server control system, so you can have one central Control Panel (or multiple using the same SQL database if you need redundancy) and control multiple servers. You can have dedicated servers for Web, Mail, DNS, FTP etc and grow easily as your business expands.
The new Helm repair Tool in 3.2.4 also makes this much easier as you can simply move a service to a new server and the tool will allow you to easily rebuild the service onto the new server. So when your single server starts to get loaded, get a new server and move Mail and FTP to a new server to atke some load off. Load them up and then you can buy another server and add a new web server and have new sites created on that.
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We use Hosting Controller, it support the widest variety of third party software compared to the rest and is the most established of the Windows CP. Interface not as nice as Helm, but I feel it more than make up for its functionality.
but in helm there isnīt even an option to administer databases like mySQL or MS SQL and stuff, is there?
I mean when I had a look at helm it seemed to have only very few things to be administerable through helm... or did I simply not see it the correct way?
so did I get that correct mjb and 135791 you would rate helm over plesk?
hivelocity thx for the input, but h-sphere is not an option for my host would not offer that one...
thx for the input so far
i've only use Helm so i can give you some input on Helm.
yes, it is true that you can't admin db by Helm but you can install phpmyadmin to admin mysql so it is not a big deal.
Helm is more user friendly, it's GUI look much better than other and also have an interagted billing system and update are quick with a active forum but the price have gone up so the advantage of low price is not there anymore. Helm also require third party add-on to make it a more complete system. for example, with Helm extension you can make switch of php 4 and 5 and also a intergeated help desk system. you also need Helm tool box if you want to have a better account managment for example if you have a reseller with let's say 50 customers, you have to suspened reseller if his account is overdue then go into each and every one of reseller's users account and suspend them and disable their website.
that will take a long long long time if you don't want to do that you can purchase Helm toolbox to do it. it's about $60 or so.
overall, Helm is a good panel, it got all you need right there except you might need third party add-on to make it a complete panel.
there are some folks who love Helm's ability to cluster and manage serveral servers togher. well, that's depend on what you need, to me, i don't care for that feature.
i will suggest to try out other panel first before settle down on a control panel. i have try H-shperhe before and it is rock solid. the only problem is you need a *nix box in order to make it work.