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The Powerful Features Of cPanel

cPanel is a web based Unix hosting panel for controlling an easy to use administration tool that quickly and easily helps manage your website and hosting account.

It is built on a three tier structure providing usability for end-user website owners, administrators, and resellers of websites to be able to control the various parts of the websites and server administration through any standard web browser.

Functions That cPanel Controls

cPanel gives the individual total control over a vast number of functions.

  • Creating databases
  • Managing website files
  • Setting up email accounts

It was created to give website owners server control over these properties and has grown to be the most popular web hosting control panel, and runs literally millions of websites.

Top cPanel Features

Website owners by using cPanel have control of many top functions.

  • Control the flow of spam using Spam Assassin as well as the special Box Trapper
  • Manage databases using MySQL, PostgresSQL and phpMyAdmin
  • Control web files via FTP as well as a built-in File Manager
  • Manage DNS and have full control over zone files

It also helps the people that use it to enable SSL encryption or not.

Management Of Email

Owners of websites are able to use cPanel for creating email accounts using a variety of standard protocols.

  • IMAP, POP, and SMTP – standard of Outlook
  • Supports via IMAP IDLE Push Email – this is a protocol for mobile users
  • Checking email interface such as Roundcube, Horde, and SquirrelMail
  • Implement custom mail filtering
  • Set-up forwarders, aliases and auto-responders
  • Set up mailing lists
  • Modify an MX entry

This all gives users the ability to access their email from any web browser, as well as organize many account options including auto-responders and email forwarding.

Option For Managing Website Content

With cPanel, users have several options for the managing of the website content.

  • Uploading and managing web content pages easily using the File Manager
  • Uses traditional file transfer methods including FTPS, FTP, and SFTP.
  • “Drag and drop” files into company account using Web Disk feature

In addition to having the various tools for file management, cPanel and WHM make it a breeze to handle accounts for colleagues or employees for FTP in order to allow them to upload web files and enable use by others, of course with some optional security restrictions.

Other Functions

cPanel is also the interface for tons of other functions.

  • Create and manage new domain and subdomains
  • Editing MIME types
  • Setting up redirects
  • Editing Apache handlers
  • Uninstall and install FrontPage Extensions
  • View usage and error logs.
  • The ability to see stats in so many various ways

Advanced Tools

There are also advanced tools that the site owner has management of.

  • Backup website files and restores backups
  • Setup SSH access
  • Manage GPG keys
  • Setup Cron jobs
  • Install scripts such as polls, forums, etc.

The advanced tools are the functions that make cPanel such a powerful overall control panel.

So you can see why this software is about the only interface for use with websites as it quickly allows you to better manage your website and has hosting options available through a web-based easy to use interface. The cPanel control panel makes it easy to automate multiple tasks making it easy for web hosts to sell packages of hosting and for end-user customers to administrate accounts with great ease.


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