There is a lot of confusion when it comes to deciphering what the cPanel is for. If you own a website, the cPanel is the dashboard you go into to control your website. This allows you to control what platform you use on your website, the add-on domains that your website has, and even the add-ons that your website uses. There are numerous different benefits to using the cPanel, so all website owners should make themselves accustomed with the features on this panel.
The History of cPanel
cPanel was created by J. Nick Koston as a way to provide a control panel, hence the name, to the original company, “Speed Hosting”. After “Speed Hosting” combined with “Web King”, the cPanel became more widely used and accepted. After an updated version came out, known as cPanel 3, a member of “Wizard’s Hosting” came up with what is now considered to be the default template used in all cPanel applications. There have been numerous updates to it since its inception, and it is now considered to be the most widely used and accepted control panel for websites around the world. cPanel did end up splitting away from WebPanel during these changes, but where cPanel was able to shine, WebPanel fell and eventually was discontinued.
cPanel and WHM
WHM stands for WebHosting Management, and when you combine the tools offered by the cPanel and those offered through WHM, there are only a few things your website will not be able to do. WHM offers website owners the ability to back up your website, filter out the spam that makes its way to every website, add email accounts, create user accounts for every site that uses WHM, manage every file on your website, and more!
There are many add-ons that you can add to your cPanel to help it function just as you need. You can increase your website’s security through different add-ons, you can use your cPanel as an application to send invoices to your clients and receive payments, there are add-ons that let you initiate phone calls through your cPanel and domain, and you can even add the ability to have email straight through your cPanel. While most cPanel’s allow you to operate nearly any aspect of your website from this backend dashboard, the few things you may not have been able to do before are now becoming possible with the use of add-ons. If you find tasks you want to be able to do that are not yet supported, you can easily find forums that are actively used where you can ask people to help come up with an add-on that will do precisely what it is you are looking for.
Anyone that is looking for the control panel for their website should first turn to their cPanel. It is an important part of every website that uses it, and should be something that is accessed on a regular basis. Keep track of all of your website’s statistics in one place and use each of the features to help get the most out of your website.