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H-Sphere
Stable release 3.0 Patch 8 / January 8, 2008
Written in Java
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, Windows
Type Control Panel (Web Hosting)
License proprietary
Website http://www.psoft.net

H-Sphere is a web hosting Automation Control Panel for shared web hosting services. It is currently available for Linux, Unix and Windows environments and works with MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server databases. H-Sphere is a scalable multiserver web hosting solution. H-Sphere has been written in Java and works with any SQL-compliant database. It runs only industry standard software.[1]

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Features

Advantages

  • According to a comparative web-hosting control panels analysis of Cpanel, Ensim Pro, H-Sphere and Plesk,[3] H-Sphere has been assigned the highest rating in terms of security and reliability.
  • Scalable multiserver cluster: different physical and logical servers (web, mail, DNS etc.) are managed from one control panel. More servers can be added on the fly.
  • Multilingual support includes English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), and several other languages integrated by means of add-ons.
  • H-Sphere is recognized for end-user features availability, such as mail system, site building tools, SSL, etc. "Beginning webmasters may find H-Sphere too complicated for their needs. More advanced users, however, appreciate the features and control that H-Sphere offers the end user."[4]
  • H-Sphere may give place to other panels as regards its ease of use, but not its online documentation.
  • H-Sphere has enlisted a community of online supporters who name it among their favorite control panels.[5]

Disadvantages

  • Licenses for H-Sphere accounts are more expensive than those of its competitors. Though, it is noted that H-Sphere licenses are reusable and sold for a cluster, not for a server, as with Ensim Pro.
  • H-Sphere installation, upgrade and configuration procedure can be complicated and requires competent system administrators. Once installed and configured, however, H-Sphere works smoothly.
  • Some customers state H-Sphere has too many advanced features and thus is a too complicated solution for small hosting companies, especially as a single server installation. While others note that H-Sphere advantages are more demonstrable on multi-server clusters.[6]
  • On a single server mode H-Sphere consumes more server resources than other major single server control panels. [7]
  • H-Sphere control panel interface extensively uses JavaScript. Some reviewers regard it as a disadvantage.[8]
  • H-Sphere control panel by default works on non-standard 8080 and 8443 ports that may be blocked by client-side firewalls; but this can easily be changed in the configuration.
  • H-Sphere does not provide a comprehensive tool for its backup.[9]

Competing software

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