To streamline the process of configuring every bit of details of your hosting account to manage it properly, a browser based control panel is most advantageous. Therefore, even a novice webmaster is able to access the most important settings, without the need of any knowledge of complex techniques.
When it comes to a browser based control panel for managing web hosting accounts, the most popular one is cPanel. Well, I have seen many novice webmasters who believe that cPanel and browser based control panel – both are the same. Given the popularity and ease of use of cPanel, this is pretty natural.
In today’s article, we will discuss some basic points related to cPanel. Well, this information will not help in your day-to-day hosting account management, but, it’s always good to know the basic advantages of an important tool that you, being a webmaster, use on almost daily basis, isn’t it?
There are different versions available of cPanel for the users, but, the most used one is for shared web hosting. Here, relatively inexperienced webmasters try to configure the domain name settings, FTP accounts, email boxes and databases.
If you want to use cPanel with all of its features, but with a lower amount of memory footprint, cPanel VPS Optimized should be your bet. I have seen many instances where the Virtual Private Servers have been deployed with some limited RAM. If the user uses cPanel VPS Optimized, then they can use the extensive feature set of cPanel. At the same time, they don’t need to use any sort of excess RAM.
Apart from that, you can customize the cPanel accounts to include certain features. This is useful for web hosting resellers, as they will be able to give customers some sort of control on the hosting accounts, still not grant permission for the advanced tasks.
First Ever Major Web Hosting Control Panel
In 1997, cPanel was released and thereby, it became the first publicly available control panel for the users of automated web hosting services. 4 years later, InterWorx was released as an internal project and it became publicly available in 2005. Others such as DirectAdmin and Parallels Plesk were launched in 2003.
More Cost, But More Features
Without a doubt, cPanel is costlier when compared to its competitors. But, at the same time, it is full of awesome features, from basic tools helping you to work with files and folders to phpMyAdmin, advanced security services, PGP key management etc.