cPanel is a Linux-based hosting control panel. It is used to manage your website and server’s backend working system. It provides a graphical user interface for most of the tasks performed on a website’s server, for example, uploading files, creating emails, setting cron jobs, handling databases, etc.
cPanel Shared hosting has three user levels.
Server Administrator − This user is the root user of cPanel and has all the permission over the server. The Server Admin can create, modify or delete any account from the cPanel Server. The Server Admin has access to cPanel WHM (Web Host Manger), which is the back end of cPanel.
Reseller Accounts − A Reseller account can create user accounts and has access to all they have created. One reseller account does not have access to the user accounts that were created by another reseller account. They also have access to WHM with limited permissions.
User Account − These are normal user accounts, each user who subscribes for a web hosting, is given this type of account. They do not have access to Web Host Manager. User account can host single or multiple websites according to their plans they have purchased from web hosting provider.
cPanel is packed with many features that are not provided by other web hosting management panels. It is graphical, so, non–technical users can use it easily. cPanel is responsive to the screen size, hence can be used on mobile devices and tablets.
cPanel is very easy to use and configure. It automatically adjusts all the advanced setting for web hosting. A user hardly needs to go to the command line to configure any settings, because it already has all the features built in.
cPanel offers the following advantages −
- It is very easy to host a website using cPanel.
- It’s responsive and adapts to any screen size, it can be used efficiently on mobile and tablets.
- cPanel has built in File Manager, which helps in managing files without the hassles of FTP.
- cPanel has an integrated web mail software, which helps in sending and receiving emails through the online web mail client.
- You can easily create a backup of your website in a few steps. This will help you to restore your backup, if your website ever encounters any error.
- You can easily manage your website databases, as cPanel has integrated phpMyAdmin, which helps to directly manage databases.
cPanel does not have any significant drawbacks, however here are a couple of its notable disadvantages −
- cPanel is commercial software and you need to pay for it.
- cPanel is meant for small and medium websites only. Creating a large website using cPanel is not recommended.
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