Web Hosting Control Panels
Before explaining hosting control panels, it's better to get some background information on the concept of web hosting.
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the internet. Websites are hosted or stored, on special powerful computers called servers. When internet users want to view a website, all they need to do is type that website address or domain name into the address bar of their browser. Their computer will then connect to the related server and the web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.
What is a Control Panel?
A web hosting control panel is a tool that allows you to control most of the web services like web pages, emails, FTP services, etc. For most system admins, a control panel with a GUI presents a much easier and faster way to manage and monitor all hosted services.
What does my control panel do?
There are many tasks to be done with control panels, some of these tasks are referenced here:
- Domain Management
- Sub-Domain creation and management
- Domain Registration
- Parked Domains
- Domain forwarding
- DNS editing
- MX records
- DNS Management
- Email Management
- Setup and manage mail accounts
- Setup email forwarders
- Setup email spam filters
- Database management
- FTP (i.e. File Transfer Protocol)
- File manager
- Backup and restore
- Logging and monitoring
- Security: TLS/SSL
- Installing apps to launch web pages
There are many different hosting control panels available on the market, all with their own advantages and detriments. The most popular ones are:
This Linux based control panel is placed in the first category of control panels due to its high popularity and professional features with easy operations. It has a simple and understandable GUI, awarding it our recommendation for Linux-based web hosting management.
It is another control panel based on the Linux platform and is the easiest control panel to use for non-experienced users.
InterWorx is dedicated to the Linux platform like CPanel and DirectAdmin, however it is more aimed at experienced server admins and IT specialists and will require good background knowledge of web hosting.
Plesk is available for both Linux and Windows platforms. Many web hosting providers who offer both Linux and Windows hosting for customers prefer the use of Plesk. It is the go-to control panel when a Windows-based hosting solution is needed.
H-Sphere is another control panel designed for both Linux and Windows platforms.