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December 20, 2010

An Overview of cPanel on GreenGeeks Hosting

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There are many features and terms used when it comes to web hosting. For a beginner or first time web hosting client, the many features and terms can be a bit overwhelming. It can also take some time to be able to identify different features and have an understanding of what certain terms mean. cPanel is a common feature in web hosting plans, with major hosts like Hostgator making it the standard (if you are thinking about choosing Hostgator, make sure to visit before you purchase a plan).

cPanel is a type of control panel. Having access to and being able to understand and use cPanel makes hosting a website easier and more efficient. cPanel is one of the most widely used and popular control panels when it comes to web hosting because it is easy to learn about and use, even for beginners.

cPanel uses what is called a graphical interface. The graphical interface contains many automation tools. An interface allows hosting clients to use and interact with cPanel.  Automation tools are used to perform functions automatically. Automation tools save the user lots of time because instead of performing a function manually and step by step, the user can simply click a few buttons on the cPanel and the work is performed for them.

cPanel is also popular because it can detect when a function or service has failed on its own. It can even attempt to restart a failed service without the client having to instruct cPanel to do so. This feature cuts down on the number of man hours it takes to manually monitor services and make sure they are functioning the right way.

A web hosting client using cPanel can customize cPanel to a certain extent to fulfill their individual wants and needs. This means the client can tell cPanel which functions and services to perform and when.

cPanel is used to manage a number of different parts of hosting a website. cPanel can be used for e-mail support, FTP accounts, security, domains and backup. cPanel can also be used to support a number of other tools including SSH, phpMyAdmin access, Apache Handlers, network tools, Cron Jobs, custom error pages, MIME types and branding.

cPanel comes as the standard control panel for many web hosting companies such as GreenGeeks hosting. The cPanel is used by both beginners and experts to save time and perform basic functions on its own. Everyday functions performed with cPanel include monitoring how much bandwidth a website is using, checking for site statistics, creating sub domains and managing files.

cPanel gives its users many advantages including creating and managing databases which can sometimes be difficult and time consuming to do without cPanel, especially for beginners. For example, creating a database without using cPanel would mean the client would have to connect the database to the domain name, install the application to be used manually, change the application file to match the domain, and scrutinize everything to make sure the application was installed without any errors.

This takes a lot of time, and for someone that does not know what they are doing, can be near impossible. A client that uses cPanel to create a database can skip the above steps because cPanel does everything automatically.