I’m sure you are like me; When buying something as important as a web host, open dozens of different sites in your browser and review and compare the features of each brand or package. One of the things that may have caught your eye in these reviews is the cPanel.
In today’s article, we want to fully acquaint you with C Panel, tell you about its advantages and disadvantages, and review its differences with other user panels. For now, let’s start with a simple definition.
What is the cPanel control panel?
C Panel is the name of a very popular control panel for hosts. By installing this control panel on your hosts, you can easily manage all the different parts of it.
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When we wanted to write this article, we realized that for many, the question is:
What is cPanel Hosting?
Simply put; There is no such thing as a C-panel host! C panel is the same as control panel; And when it is installed on your hosting space (host), you have a host equipped with C Panel. So if you see C-panel hosting somewhere, know and be aware that their user panel is C Panel.
Now if you agree, let’s look at the uses of this control panel and the reasons for its popularity.
What can we do with cPanel?
As I mentioned before, with C Panel you can easily manage your web hosting space; But let’s get a little more specific and get acquainted with some very practical cases:
- Add different domains to hosts
- Set up site emails
- Simple installation of content management system (for example WordPress) on hosts
- Backing up the website
- Easily upload files to the server
- Check the bandwidth used
- Apply various security settings
- Install peripherals on the server
- Install a new database
- Database management
- DNS management
- And other applications!
C-panel possibilities certainly do not end here. Once you start working with C Panel, you can learn and use any of them as you see fit.
Now, considering that you have other options besides C-Panel control panel, such as Direct Admin and Plesk control panels, it is necessary to get acquainted with its strengths and weaknesses so that you can make the right choice.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of cPanel?
Let me make an important point first; Control Panel C Panel can only be implemented on Linux hosts. So if you want to use Windows hosting, you have to draw a line around it. If you pay attention to the plans provided by hosting companies, only Linux hosts are equipped with it.
Advantages of cPanel
- Easy to use
- Good user interface
- Easy to learn
- Has many educational resources
- Has strong support
- Ability to install software automatically
- Compatibility with all web browsers
- IPv6 support
Disadvantages of cPanel
- Too many features can confuse you
- Risk of losing important settings (by applying new settings)
- Security vulnerabilities in C Panel cracked
What are the alternatives to cPanel?
There are more than 100 different control panels for host management. Some web hosting companies have even designed a dedicated control panel for their users; But Direct Admin and Plesk are two very good and popular control panels that you can use instead of C panel.
Each of these control panels has specific features that you should be familiar with in order to choose the one that suits your needs.
Brief introduction to Direct Admin
Direct Admin and C Panel are very similar and both run on Linux hosts; But their differences should not be too important.
Remember we said that the large number of C panel options can confuse you? You no longer have this problem with Direct Admin; The facilities provided for you are sufficient upon arrival and prompt. But …
If you want to develop your Direct Admin and add other features, you will need to pay for the purchase of peripherals. This is if most of the free C Panel features are available to you.
Aside from that, the most important advantage of Direct Admin is its high security than C Panel. So if you care about security, think about Direct Admin.
Brief introduction to Plesk
Unlike the previous two cases (ie. C Panel and Direct Admin), Plesk control panel can be run on both Linux and Windows hosts. In fact, if you use Windows hosting, Plesk is usually the only choice.
Plesk user interface is designed to be very simple and user-friendly and you can easily manage server resources.
A standard Plesk license is slightly cheaper than C Panel; But you should note that a standard or basic license has fewer features than a Plesk Full Server license (for example, the number of accounts you can enter is limited). So when buying well, make sure that the standard license features are appropriate for your work or not. Because if not, you will have to pay more for advanced licenses and add peripherals to the panel.
A quick review
According to what we said, if you are using a Linux host, it is better to choose one of the two control panels, C-Panel and Direct Admin. Because of the costs that Plesk has, this choice makes more sense.
But if you use Windows hosting, Plesk will be the best control panel for your site.