Free Control Panels – OpenPanel

I continue the review of free control panels and today I will speak about the OpenPanel.

I came across this control panel while browsing through projects on my favourite freelancer site – Since I am looking for the best free control panel to offer my clients I became very interested in OpenPanel and willing to test it.


OpenPanel Installation

Installation steps are easy and straightforward, just follow the official installation guide and you will have a ready to use web server in 15 minutes!

Some tweaks are required to make common CMS applications running, for example for Magento you need to additionally install php5-mcrypt, php5-gd, php5-curl extensions. It is easy to do from the command line, just run the following command:

#apt-get install php5-mcrypt php5-gd php5-curl

Then restart Apache web server:

#service apache2 restart


As promised on the official website OpenPanel has user-friendly interface and it is very flexible. You will enjoy managing your virtual hosts with the help of this lightweight control panel. 🙂