VPS Management Made Easy

Posted at June 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm by Ylber Popaj

VPS Management Made Easy: Why You Should Use a Control Panel

Without a GUI, servers must be configured and operated through SSH, which requires extensive knowledge of command line syntax.  Control panels provide a centralized and intuitive way to manage your servers.

Bread Basket, which is included for free with InterServer VPS plans, take the tedium out of having to type line after line of commands — after all, webmasters are humans, not robots.

InterServer’s customized control panel is designed for maximum usability and cost savings. While competitors often charge additional fees for control panel access, Bread Basket allows users to easily deploy hundreds of cloud applications at no extra cost. Between our flexible pricing model and Bread Basket’s versatility, there’s a perfect VPS for every need.

Suitable for running both websites and applications, our virtual servers are well-received within the hosting community. With Bread Basket, we are able to provide a more intuitive, secure, and versatile control panel that significantly lowers the barriers of entry to cloud VPS management.

How Bread Basket Differs from cPanel and Plesk

One of the most popular control panels on the market, cPanel is designed with beginners in mind. The Linux-based interface dates back to 1996, making it one of the earliest server control panels available in the hosting market. Like cPanel, Bread Basket was created with simplicity in mind. On the other hand, Bread Basket relies on fewer resources and is specifically designed to work with our servers, allowing users more freedom and capabilities for management. For customers switching over from cPanel, a comprehensive guide for importing archives can be found here.

Another widely used control panel, Plesk allows for improved instance clustering for both Windows and Linux systems. Because of the compatibility with Windows, Plesk is favored by many webmasters and ASP.NET developers. At the same time, less-experienced users may be intimidated by its text-heavy interface, as well as the premium price other hosting providers often tack on the platform.

In short, Bread Basket is for those who want to save money and need a more beginner-friendly way to streamline website management and application deployment.

Bread Basket is designed for easy scaling, allowing you to add and manage multiple servers directly from the interface. You can also add additional storage and RAM with a few simple clicks. Best of all, Bread Basket is web-based and therefore compatible with your favorite operating systems, including Debian, Windows, and Ubuntu.

Remote Desktop Protocol and GUI for Virtual Servers

Remote desktop access allows users to connect to servers directly. Similar to operating a virtual machine, users can access the server’s desktop from their own computer using a secure protocol. This also enables access to the server’s terminal, granting webmasters more liberty with licensed apps than when using a VPN.

Microsoft uses a proprietary protocol known as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which powers Bread Basket’s VNC application. Our VPS customers — regardless of chosen OS— can access VNC through the control panel, which uses the browser-based HTML5 VNC client.

In addition to being OS-neutral, the HTML5 VNC also allows users to copy and paste from sessions, as well as print pages to a PDF file. As the client is still a new release, Microsoft plans to add additional features in the near future.

Performance Boosts with Frameworks and Web Servers

Implementing HTML5 VNC is just one way we try to incorporate innovation and user empowerment into our platform. In terms of hardware, our infrastructure is built using high-performance CPUs and speedy SSDs. As for Bread Basket, a wide range of frameworks and web servers are available to make running your website or deploying your apps a breeze.

With Bread Basket, users can choose from more than 10 frameworks, including CodeIgniter and Bootstrap. Popular with PHP developers, CodeIgniter is a lightweight and agile framework that allows for easy PHP script debugging without a large footprint. Meanwhile, Bootstrap is well-suited for the mobile market and uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With an extensive library of resources and extensions, Bootstrap makes it easy to develop applications from scratch using templates and design elements for buttons and forms.

Web servers such as Apache, NGINX, and Lighttpd include a number of optimization features to streamline the development and deployment of your web applications. For example, Apache’s Sendfile operation can bypass individual read and send instructions when transferring a file. As for NGINX, the web server excels at handling concurrent connections through an asynchronous, event-driven architecture.

Secure Cloud Backups and Easy Application Installs

Many people prefer to use the cloud when creating and storing backups — and with good reason. Cloud backups through Bread Basket provide peace of mind via redundancy and secure access protocols. Users can easily create and manage backup images from within the Bread Basket interface, keeping data safe no matter what. Automatic weekly backups are also available.

Bread Basket also features a massive library of more than 300 apps to choose from. These run the gamut from content management systems and eCommerce platforms to forums and wikis. Bread Basket uses one-click installs and automatic updates for each of these apps, taking the guesswork and tedium out of maintaining your VPS. Combined with our nearly-instant provisioning, this means you can have your server up and running within a matter of minutes.

We give customers full root access, which lets you optimize your VPS with customized software. Bread Basket is anti-bloat, meaning you get all the apps you want without being bogged down by pre-loaded ones. Multiple options are available for every application category, allowing you to freely install your favorites.

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