The cPanel software was built to provide a simple to use GUI interface for web hosting servers. Built by John Nick Koston, cPanel is based on the Linux operating system and simplify the process of using a dedicated server through its web hosting control panel. cPanel provides built in automation tools that can easily configure server resources and files for easy server management. Everything is mapped out and setup in an easy to understand graphical structure for the users. Server admin, resellers, and end users can set up server resources and control their websites through a simple web browser. Developers, web hosting and software vendors can automate any standard system administration process through the cPanel command line and API. Being the number one pick of web hosting control panel, cPanel can be used in most Linux dedicated servers. Here is a step by step guide on how to setup a cPanel dedicated server.
cPanel gives server administrator a huge list of tools to create and control dedicated servers. Features of the cPanel dedicated servers are listed as followed:
- Support for Unlimited Domains and Domain Registrations
- Supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS file transfer protocols
- Prevent abuse of site's bandwidth and content
- Generate web traffic reports and viewer's statistics
- Easily Install New Applications
- Automated Billing
Website Management with cPanel
A website's content is what drives traffic to the website. Without new and unique content on the website there would be no visitors and the website gets no views. Managing and adding new content with cPanel is an easy task as website owners have several options to choose how to do it. Webmasters can upload the files to the cPanel's File Manager that will put the content uploaded onto a web page. cPanel also have a tool called Web Disk that allows webmasters to drag and drop files into their accounts for quick uploads. cPanel also supports FTP uploads through the standard FTP protocols (FTP, SFTP, FTPS) and enable webmasters to create separate FTP accounts for their employees.
cPanel supports a wide variety of popular web-based applications like phpBB forums, osCommerce online stores, and Wordpress Blogs. There are also a number of useful web applications for cPanel. The Backup Wizard tool allows webmasters to manage and backup their web hosting accounts through an easy to use interface. Webmasters are also protected from other websites using their bandwidth and can setup password protected area to restricted areas of their website. cPanel also provides website information for webmasters that wants to see the amount of traffic or their web statistics. Professional website developers can use cPanel to view the PHP configuration of the dedicated server. Resellers of hosting space will enjoy the use reseller hosting with WHM that comes included with Cpanel installation.
Email Management with cPanel
POP, IMAP, and SMTP (with or without SSL encryption) are all mail protocols supported by cPanel. Webmasters can create their own email account that is associated with their website for a more business standard email address. Webmasters can also access their emails using a variety of web interface devices or any type of web browsers. cPanel supports email forwarding, filtering, and spam protection (SpamAssassin, BoxTrapper).