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
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)
- SEO & Marketing Tools
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.
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