cPanel is a Linux web hosting control panel used for shared web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services that are based on the Linux operating system. Providing you with many features that will allow you to make the most of your web hosting package, cPanel offers very good value for money for both shared web hosting customers and those that are using VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting. The control panel offers you many features that will supplement the FTP access that you are provided with because it means you can create databases and manage email accounts for your website, all of which can fundamentally be seen as core components of any web hosting service. cPanel should never be seen as a defining feature of any web hosting package because it is so widely used; instead you should focus more on the resources that are offered as well as features that accompany cPanel because any cPanel hosting service is going to be the same as another at the heart. The one popular benefit of using cPanel is that it allows web hosting companies to offer low-cost web hosting services in both the shared hosting sector and the dedicated hosting sector.
Control panels are highly recommended for shared hosting and dedicated hosting services because they provide you with an easy way to manage your web hosting account without the need for any help from your web hosting company. cPanel can make it very easy for you to manage any Linux hosting package as it is recommended for both Linux shared hosting services as well as Linux VPS servers and Linux dedicated severs. Within the context of a shared hosting environment cPanel will be able to provide you with the features necessary to manage a shared hosting package properly; such features are also available to your own hosting clients if you are using a cPanel reseller hosting package. When exporting cPanel into a dedicated hosting environment you are more likely to use the WHM (Web Host Manager) control panel that forms part of this collection of software as this is much more orientated towards the management of servers; as well as enabling you to manage the core components that will affect the client accounts you have hosted under cPanel, you can also take more control of your Linux VPS server or Linux dedicated server without the need to login to it via SSH.
Having two separate control panels for based hosting account management and reseller/server management is something that has proved to be very useful for server administrators because it removes a certain level of confusion that can rise when the same interface is used for both. It has also enabled the developers for cPanel to develop one complex interface that is aimed at experienced professionals whilst allowing them to make the other much simpler so that novices will be able to find their way around their web hosting account and typically cPanel is used for low cost web hosting services that are popular with novices. The cPanel control panel provides you with the features that you require to manage a hosting account properly; this means that you can expect to find MySQL database management tools and file management tools as part of your web hosting account as standard. With WHM on the other hand you can expect to find tools that will allow you to create and manage client accounts that can then be managed through cPanel; basic server management tools are also available so that you can restart services in the event that they have crashed or the entire server if needs be.
The reliability of cPanel and WHM doesn’t ever need to be questioned because both are very stable, although if you are attempting to host a large number of websites on a low to mid specification server then you can expect to see some stability issues, regardless of whether you are running cPanel or not. It is important for you to make sure that the server that you are using meets the minimum system requirements needed in order for cPanel/WHM to run properly – the most important one being that you are running a supported Linux distribution on your server. Traffic heavy websites are going to be the most taxing on your server’s resources meaning that you should avoid hosting more than one busy website per cPanel server; although this may seem inconvenient, unless you have a high specification server you could seriously compromise the stability of your cPanel hosting configuration.
Although you have to pay for cPanel if you have your own Linux server hosting service, you have to consider the benefits that it will bring to you in terms of aiding you with the management of your server and hosting accounts. The license fee that you pay for cPanel is only usually very small in comparison to what you are paying for your Linux VPS server or Linux dedicated server – if you do your research then you may be able to find a web hosting company that can offer it to you for free. When using cPanel in a shared hosting medium, access to the client side control panel will be provided as a standard feature with your Linux shared web hosting package as your web hosting company will be managing the server and will want to let customers do things for themselves where possible.
In conclusion, cPanel is a highly useable control panel that is ideal for novices who are using web hosting services for the first time. As Linux shared hosting packages are generally the cheapest available, they are the most popular with novices and so it is important for web hosting providers to consider this when creating web hosting plans. If you are an experienced Linux server administrator then you may not necessarily have the need for cPanel on your server, although it is recommended because it will make certain administration tasks a lot quicker for you meaning that you can focus your time on more important activities.