cPanel is one of the most popular web hosting software that empowers end-users, administrators, and resellers to manage various websites and server capabilities. cPanel software provides a web-based graphical user interface (GUI) and simplified tools for website management. It is developed and operated by cPanel LLC, an American organization.
Recently E2E Networks held a webinar on the benefits of cPanel in website management. Our guest was Mr. Karthik Kumar, Director and founder of Host Macro with 11+ years of experience in cPanel Management.
Here are the insights that came out of this informative webinar in understanding cPanel.
Starting with the minimum requirement for website design on a Linux Server, you need a:
Front end language – HTML & CSS to build a display of the website
Database (MySQL, SQL, etc.)
Backend Management – PHP as one of the backend for most of the Frameworks and CMS
While for the minimum server software requirements, we have the following:
DNS Server (Bind, PowerDNS)
Web Server (Apache, Nginx, Lightspeed)
FTP Server (PureFTPd)
Database Server (MySQL)
Database Manager (PHPMyAdmin)
Email Server (POP, IMAP, SMTP)
Overall, cPanel adds the capabilities to manage all these features within one place.
Benefits of cPanel in Website Management:
Easy to start a new account
One of the most incredible features of cPanel is its ability to empower the user to start a new account instantly with a simple process by adding a domain name, username, and corresponding password. You can customize additional settings with email, package, backups, and more to match business specifications. Once the setup is done, users can open the cPanel for their website through a web-based GUI.
File Manager and FTP Accounts
Once you open the cPanel, you get the exclusive privilege to upload files to the corresponding public HTML folder. Users can upload files from there instantly or build an FTP account to upload files in bulk easily.
Create and Modify databases
cPanel also has a MySQL database wizard to build a database to store precious information dynamically for business. You also have access to MyPHPAdmin to import or export databases for migrating sites.
With the trend of online businesses in the 21st century, domain emails are essential aspects of the cPanel benefits. From the cPanel GUI, you can access the email account to build domain-specific emails such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Here you can use the emails to configure your desktop, mobile, or any other device to communicate with clients effectively.
Software App Installer / One-Click Installs
Another essential aspect of cPanel is using one-click software such as WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, etc. Using this feature, the business can seamlessly install a few of the most popular software with a few clicks. Users also have the option to use the Sitepad website builder for customizing websites more efficiently.
cPanel provides comprehensive security checks such as IP Blocker, Hotlink protection, Leech protection, ModSecurity, Imunify360, and SSL updates to protect website data from all online attacks.
With cPanel, you can also maintain backups as per user preference. Users have the option to make a full or partial account backup, MySQL database backups, or restore old backups for seamless continuation of your websites.
cPanel also has additional domain features to add more value, such as Sub-Domains, addon domains, aliases, redirects, zone editor, and so on. You can create a specific subdomain to start a similar site to your primary domain, such as mumbai.example.com, london.example.com, etc. With DNS Zone editor, you can configure the domain-specific information to run 3rd party domains from the same cPanel platform.
Stats or Metrics
cPanel also provides all the stats for monitoring and performance for websites running from its software. Here users can choose from Visitors, Errors, Bandwidth, Raw Access, AWStats, Metrics Editor, and resource usage. All the information related to access, users, resources utilization, CPU Usage monitoring, and traffic are available from the GUI interface.
Moreover, users get a search panel on top of the GUI interface. Users can type and search for a feature and get an instant reply.
Note: cPanel operates at port 2083 for logging through websites. So you can log in to the example.com website via https://example.com:2083 or https://example.com/cpanel. In contrast, the WHM panel operates at 2087 port via example.com:2087.
cPanel has become the industry standard for website management. Especially for small and medium businesses, cPanel software plays a crucial role in assisting website management. Full of incredible features, functionality, one-click installs, and more,cPanel empowers users to customize hosting and server configurations for optimal performance, productivity and running their business 24×7 to scale newer heights.