CPanel is a privately held company that was founded in 1997. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company originally designed what is considered by far the most popular Linux control panel for hosting websites and managed cloud servers. CPanel cloud hosting & WHM, the two integrated halves of the software, make server automation intuitive and straightforward so that website owners and hosting companies can spend less and reduce their manual workload. This system is widely considered to be the first server control panel available on the market. The laser focus by cPanel on its one (bipartite) continually improving application and widespread familiarity with the platform practically give the company a monopoly on the website control panel for those using Linux.
Often web developers and system administrators think that if they want an unmanaged server with complete control to customize, it’s necessary to get a completely new server. One of the first steps on that new server would be to install cPanel using the command line. In other words, rather than having immediate access to the cPanel interface, you first need to install and configure the software through an SSH session.
That’s not the only option, though. If you know you will want cPanel and prefer to already have it in place on your cloud server; you can sign up for a cPanel cloud server. Especially for those who want to get started immediately on a project or for those who don’t feel comfortable interacting directly with the OS and manipulating setup parameters, choosing a cPanel server is the most reasonable option.
More about cPanel
As the most commonplace control panel used in web hosting environments, cPanel is used to manage millions of sites through tens of thousands of servers across the globe. It gives those managing servers the ability to deliver an incredible hosting experience through an immediately recognizable platform.
CPanel was designed to make it easier for website owners and server administrators to perform tasks related to their systems. Like many applications, it takes the esoteric and obtuse and simplifies it with an easily navigable interface. You can quickly take steps to modify your cloud – using point-and-click options – so that it meets your requirements, whether you have one site or server or hundreds of them.
The core goal of the software is to make the user’s experience more streamlined and less tedious. Basic functions that can be automated through cPanel include the following:
- Database creation
- Organization of site files
- Establishment of email users.
What is the difference between cPanel and WHM?
Both of these control panel elements are part of the same package, with each of them representing a different interface with its own set of features. CPanel itself is geared toward web developers and website owners to organize and maintain their sites. WHM, on the other hand, offers a broad array of server automation capabilities for system administrators. The combined strengths and functionalities of the two environments help businesses tighten their budgets, making tasks easier to complete and giving end-users the ability to self-manage.
CPanel – website owners
cPanel, the side of the overall system that focuses on the needs of website owners, allows you to manage aspects of sites such as email, databases, security, and applications. The user interface, immediately recognizable to many web professionals, provides comfort and is the first step toward a more efficient experience. In a new hosting environment, rather than having to master a new UI, everything looks essentially the same when switching between two cPanel-equipped servers.
Here is a cPanel basic features list:
- Email management
- Spam projection through SpamAssassin and a proprietary tool called BoxTrapper
- File management through FTP and File Manager
- Database administration via phpMyAdmin, PostgreSQL, and MySQL
- DNS management and simplification of zone file maintenance
- Analytics for your site.
WHM – server administrators
WebHost Manager (WHM) gives web hosting services an easy-to-use interface for server account management. The software allows system administrators to adjust security configurations; modify or add accounts; revise services, and change DNS and FTP parameters.
Here is a WHM basic features list:
- Configuration and adjustment of accounts
- Notifications regarding downtime
- Streamlined application and language package installation
- Setup of hosting plans
- Anti-spam tools
- Integration with virtualization and other cutting-edge technologies
- White-label changeability so that providers can brand with their own logos.
Getting your cPanel Cloud server
Not everyone wants to manage their sites and/or servers with cPanel, and some users prefer to install it themselves. At Atlantic.Net, we understand that a cPanel cloud is not for everyone, but we also make it extraordinarily compelling to choose this hosting option:
- Plans start at just $0.99 monthly
- We reduce your cost by charging based on real-time, per-second use
- Setup and DNS are free
- There is no contract
- You can have the server deployed within 30 seconds
- Performance is optimized with 100% enterprise-grade solid-state drives (SSDs).
In other words, Atlantic.Net makes it easy for you to try out cPanel VPS Hosting today – or learn more about our HIPAA cloud hosting.
By Moazzam Adnan