Hosting control panel is a special software for account management on the acquired hosting plan. Using the control panel, you can create mailboxes, databases, configure domains. The control panel is a kind of administrative part of your site.
There are paid and free control panels. One of the most popular paid panels
is cPanel , we will consider it in this article. The advantages are discussed below, and the disadvantage is that the price of the panel affects the price of the hosting plan – the price will be higher than that of the hosting with a free panel. In the same way as the server operating system . Windows hosting will be more expensive than Unix hosting due to payment.
Even in the hosting control panel shows how many resources from the available you use. If you bought an American hosting service, then many restrictions, unlike the Russian one, are absent.
Using the example of American HostGator hosting, we will look at the cPanel hosting control panel and its main features in this article.
cPanel on HostGator
I like cPanel, it is convenient for webmasters (creators and site owners), especially without experience with the server. Many of the necessary functions are at hand. cPanel is a kind of standard among control panels. If you used cPanel at one hosting provider, then when moving to another hosting, you will strive to have exactly the same panel there.
cPanel has created a company of the same name , which is on the hosting software market, judging by the copyrights since 2000. cPanel is the final product for the hosting user, that is, if you purchased hosting, you will see cPanel in your account. Hosting hosts use WHM (Web Hosting Manager), so to speak, the highest level of cPanel. WHM allows you to manage and configure user accounts, reseller accounts, and work on basic system maintenance.
Hosting providers like to use cPanel / WHM, despite the prices (from $ 200 per license). Because software (software) can be easily and quickly deployed to a server. No exception and Hostgator .
You can enter the cPanel Hostgator Demo version and look at it from the inside. To do this, go to Hostgator , find the Easy Control Panel line and follow the Try Demo link. The Panel will open in a separate window.
The control panel is divided into two columns. The left is the search bar, quick links and account statistics. In the statistics, you can see the amount of used space, traffic, attached domains, databases and data on the server, for example, the installed versions of php and mySQL. The main right column is divided into 10 main parts that can be swapped by simple dragging.
The Preference section (settings) contains:
- Getting Started Wizard. Here, step by step, you can set up your account, including the cPanel language.
- Video tutorials on working with cPanel.
- Change password.
- Update contact information.
In the Mail section, you can create email addresses, configure spam filters for them and autoresponders. An interesting feature is MX Entry, here you can connect a domain to Yandex Mail For Domain. To do this, follow the link , add a domain, and in cPanel Hostgator in the MX Entry section add a new record (Add New Record): Priority: 10, Destination: mx.yandex.ru .
The Search Engine Optimization section contains a number of useful tools. If you choose any of them, for example, Get In Google, you will be taken to the Attracta website . Many American hosting partners of this resource, which has a simple idea: a map of your site is created and located on their own server. You just need to change the robots.txt file, or rather a couple of lines in it, where a new map path is registered. Thus, Attracta can track the frequency of crawling your site. Attracta also has its own link catalog, which is edited manually.
In the Files section there is a simple file manager with which you can edit the files of your site (for example, delete). If you want to upload files of your website and database to your computer, then use the Backups tool. Here you can also create or delete FTP accounts and set up management from anonymous FTP.
Part of the Logs contains statistics for your account, such as bandwidth usage or the number of visitors who visited your site. There is also an error log that can be used to identify broken links or missing files.
In the Security section, you can ensure the security of your files, for example, protect folders with a password or prevent images from your site from being shown on other sites (some cunning people may put links to your images on their sites, while using their own traffic, thus saving them) . Here you can also block unwanted visitor by IP (IP Deny Manager).
The Domains section contains tools for creating subdomains and adding domains. A simple DNS editor allows you to add an entry to your domain (for example, an NS server).
In the Databases section, you can manage your databases and create or delete users for them. If you are a beginner, the Database Creation Wizard (MySQL® Database Wizard) will help you. And, of course, phpMyAdmin is here.
The time has passed when, in order to make a website, it was necessary to first study HTML, css and php, now you just need to know what type of website you want (forum, blog, portal, gallery or just a business card site) and select the engine for this type ( CMS – Content Management System). In the Software / Services section there are two tools at once with which you can install cms on hosting: QuickInstall and Fantastico De Luxe. Note To Russify any engine (not originally intended for Russian users), add files with the Russian language to the cms localization folder and write Russian in the config file. In this section, you can also view the php configuration, installed perl modules. If you want to install a clock on your Java site, then use the CGI script.
In the last section of Advanced you can schedule recurring tasks that will be performed automatically on your site, for this, use Cron Jobs. You can also send a support request from this section, resize or convert images, and add a MIME type (.pdf, .doc, .wav, etc.).
There are other hosting control panels. However, they are not distinguished by the simplicity and the number of functions that cPanel has. Everything you need is contained in cPanel. You can easily create a forum, blog, newsletter and more. In addition, after installation, you can track the number of visitors to your site – and all this with cPanel.