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What Is cPanel

What Is cPanel – Why Hosting With cPanel Is Perfect For Newbies

cPanel – is the short term for control panel and in this article I’ll examine it from the perspective of a web hosting control panel. For most bloggers hosting with cPanel is a blessing in disguise as it provides a graphical interface and automation tools that are technically simple to use. As well, it simplifies the management and hosting of a website significantly.

Although cPanel is the most popular control panel for web hosting, not all hosting providers use it. Now don’t  be mistaken, every web host will use a control panel but the graphical interface will be different and it will be more difficult to use, especially if you are not technically savvy.

If you are not very technical and you are about to set up your blog, definitely make sure to select a provider that offers hosting with cPanel. There are many options available. I personally use hosting accounts at two different hosting companies. One is Bluehost and the other one is Hostgator. Both companies are excellent web hosting providers.

The reason why most bloggers choose the hosts with cPanel is because even a Newbie without any technical know how can easily:

  • Create a new domain
  • Set up a blog
  • Add new domains/blogs/sites (if you want to have more than one domain)
  • Create subdomains
  • Manage the email accounts (for example, email forwarding)
  • Manage files
  • Install software
  • Check website stats
  • Manage backup
  • Manage spam
  • Create MySQL databases
  • And much, much more…

An example of a section of a cPanel graphical interface

Hostgator cPanel example


As you can see, the cPanel looks very pretty with large navigational icons that one cannot miss. The whole cPanel is divided into sections based on different functions. Typically, most cpanels will be divided into the following sections:

  • Special Offers
  • Host Links
  • Preferences (for example password updates)
  • Mail
  • SEO & Marketing Tools
  • Files
  • Logs
  • Security
  • Domains
  • Databases
  • Advanced

For example, the section called “Domains” contains functions such as adding domains, adding subdomains and so on.

The top row  in the image example is labeled “Files” and it contains all functions related to files, including file manager, FTP accounts, back up, etc.

The bottom part of the cPanel is the most exciting section for new bloggers. This part of the cPanel is labeled as Software/Services. There you can see the blue smiley face. The smiley face is called Fantastico Deluxe and it is this software that enables you to install your blog practically with one click of a button. Just above Fantastico to the left (clock like icon) is another WordPress installation software called QuickInstall. This software also allows you to install a blog almost instantly.

In summary, hosting with cPanel is highly recommended for anyone who is not a technical wizard. It is a Newbie friendly interface and it is used by millions of bloggers of all technical backgrounds.

If this article was of help to you please do not forget to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.



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5 Responses to What Is cPanel – Why Hosting With cPanel Is Perfect For Newbies

  1. Gordon Smith February 10, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I also use Hostgator, having Cpanel is a great blessing, I always use Cpanel for uploading files to my site it makes it so simple. I have use Filezilla in the past for uploading files and it’s quite straightforward but using Cpanel is my preference it is so so easy.

    With hostgator you also have the built in html editor which is useful if you want to edit any html pages or insert images or an auto-responder form.

    For anyone who doesn’t have any technical skill Cpanel is the way to go.

  2. Lee March 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi I am thinking of doing another blog and was looking for another format. Will give Chanel and host gator a close look as could be just what I am looking for as I want something that is user friendly and not to technical

    Great advice lee

  3. Sherrie April 3, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Hello Dita, you’ve examined cPanel various aspects and importance details quite nicely. I’m planning to build my first website and I’m completely newbie in this line. Therefore I was researching through and coincidentally discovered this article. Great resources shared about web hosting and to learn about cPanel this post helped me enormously. I’ll definitely share this helpful article with my friends who are also planning to build website. Thanks.

  4. Smaran Alva March 28, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Nice article. Thanks but does every webhost provide cPanel or do i need to buy a hosting which mentions that they provide cpanel. what if they don’t give out cpanel in their hosting? how do i manage the site then?

    • Dita Irvine April 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Some provide cpanel at an extra charge. You should always check into it

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