I was asked by a friend to take a look at iPage and it’s control panel called vDeck. The most used control panel online is cPanel. The second one is Plesk Panel. vDeck is mostly used by Endurance International Group Brands. Both in functionality and appearance it’s very much like cPanel which this iPage Review confirms, although I would still prefer the latter if I had the choice.
There are five separate sections in vDeck:
- Marketing Services
- Account Information
Let’s look at some of the features in each group.
- Htaccess editor: you can use this tool for Hotlink Protection, Password Protection, Blocking IP Adresses and more.
- AcceptSafe: you can process credit cards with this one.
- Archive Gateway: you can compress/uncompress files and directories using this tool. It would be much more practical if they have included this in their file manager, like cPanel does. Much more handy that way.
- File Manager: Good for basic copying, renaming, file creation. cPanel’s file manager is much more robust.
- FrontPage Extensions: You can enable Microsoft’s Frontpage on your account.
- SimpleScripts: vDeck’s version of Fantastico, but much slower. Fantastico usually installes WordPress in less than 10 seconds. For SimpleScripts it takes anywhere from a minute to five minutes to do the same.
- TextToGo: A content writing service for people who don’t want to write content for their websites themselves.
- goMobi Site Builder: For an additional monthly fee you can create a mobile friendly website.
- MailCentral: Create and manage email addresses.
- Webmail: Access your email accounts through a web interface.
- Change Catchall: Specify an email address that catches all emails that come to an address that doesn’t exist.
- Manage Spam Filters: Fine-tune your email spam settings.
- DomainCentral: Manage your existing domains, addon domains, DNS settings.
- Register Domain: Register a domain name with FatCow.
- Registrar Transfer: Transfer Domains to FatCow.
- Email Marketing, Facebook Credits, Google Adwords Credits, Yahoo Search Credits, free YellowPages Listing and more are in this section.
- Change your account information
- Change your password
- Manage Subscriptions
- Update your Credit Card Information
All in all vDeck is not bad, but I would prefer cPanel anytime. vDeck is more tuned to selling you additional services and has a very limited set of features absolutely necessary for managing websites. For advanced users it will be a disappointment in my humble opinion.