In the simplest terms, cPanel Hosting is web hosting that is powered by the cPanel server control panel. It is easily one of the most popular forms of Web Hosting especially in North America, Asia and Africa.
If you bought regular hosting from Web4Africa, you would receive information about how to access your hosting control panel through email. The details would also be available in our Client Area.
Yes. It does not come at an additional cost when you buy shared or reseller hosting from Web4Africa.
This refers to the access page where a hosting user needs to enter their login credentials in other to access the hosting control panel.
cPanel is one of the most intuitive hosting control panels out there. It has evolved over the years to become very easy to use even for beginners.
This is subjective. Both software are great and seem to target different market segments though there are a lot of areas of overlap.
Spoiler-alert: both software now belongs to the same holding company.
No. It is proprietary software that is closed source. There are open-source alternatives out there for the budget-conscious.
cPanel has changed its business model to a per-account model. The basic cost is $17.50 per month at present, with Web4Africa.
Both of them are free control panel software from the same company. While Webmin is for shared hosting, Virtualmin is for managing a virtual or dedicated server.
There are dozens of open source control panels out there. These include zPanel, Webmin, Vesta CP, Froxlor etc. They tend to be less feature-rich and some offer additional features at a fee.
You need it if you want an easy and intuitive way to manage your hosting server and don’t mind paying for that convenience. It is one of the most popular web hosting control panels and so comes with a lot of online resources on how to use it.
Should you own a virtual or dedicated server, you can buy a cPanel licence if you wish to install the management software on that server. Prices start from only $17.50 per month, depending on the number of accounts on the server.
It is a special license that allows the owner to manage a single account in a server. This option is not offered by Web4Africa.
cPanel is not a Content Management System but cones with a very basic website builder. Where you are hosting with Web4Africa on a shared hosting plan, there are over 350 scripts that can be installed from cPanel which include dozens of CMS.
FTP is File Transfer Protocol and is one of the means for transferring files between two capable computing devices. This could be between two computers, two servers, or a server and a computer. FTP is included in a cPanel server by default.
This could imply the dashboard for controlling a Content Management System. Every CMS cones with a panel for the website manager (s) to control all accepts of the website being managed by the CMS. WordPress is an example of a CMS.
Not necessarily. If you are proficient enough, you can run a server with only a web server software (Apache or NGINX), database software (MySQL or MariaDB), and PHP. These are the most basic requirements for running WordPress on a server.
Installing cPanel however, brings a whole range of advantages including security especially where the server is hosting more than one WordPress instance.
Chances are that you need cPanel if you had to ask this question in the first place.
Features and benefits of using cPanel
Easy to install
cPanel is a widely-used web hosting panel, and it is available with full instructions of how to install cPanel Web hosting platform.
File Section in cPanel allows you to handle File Manager, Images, Web disk, File and Directory, manage backup. An essential feature of cPanel is a File Manager. File Manager in cPanel is an online file manager which allows you to manage your website; File Manager permits you to Add, Modify, Delete, view, etc. options to manage your cPanel files and folders.
cPanel allows you to handle multiple databases; the database platforms are phpMyAdmin, MySQL, and Remote MySQL which is well-known for security and widely used database platforms to handle the online database.
The domain option in cPanel allows you to create, customize and publish a new domain, sub-domain, or addon domain. The domain option also allows you to list the domains, manage and remove the domain and sub-domains, manage redirects, create, remove Aliases.
The Email Section in cPanel permits you to handle your multiple email ids on a domain; you can create single or multiple email ids, Email account forwarder, Email routing, create a mailing list, Global Email Filters, Spam Filter, Calendars and contacts, etc.
Using the Metrics section in cPanel, you can view visitors, error logs, see the bandwidth usage of your website, configure logs, view Analog states, etc.
cPanel grants you to use multiple website software and CMS options like PHP Pear packages, Perl Modules, RubyGems, Site software, etc. Also, you can compress or optimize the website using the Optimize website option.
Security is one of the most critical parts of your website. cPanel offers you multiple security options through SSH Access, IP Blocker, SSL certificate, SSL/TLS, Hotlink protection, Leech protection,
ModSecurity firewall, etc. services to protect your website from hackers, spammers, and spambots.
Using the advanced section in cPanel, you can use a terminal which provides command-line access to your account on the server, Cron Jobs which automates certain commands or scripts on your site. Track DNS, MIME types, Apache Handlers, Manage error pages on a domain, Index Manager which enables you to customize the way of directory viewing.
Using the Preference Section in cPanel, you can change passwords, protect passwords, and make your website security stronger, change the preferred change language for a domain, edit the contact information and preferences, Handle the users using User Manager.
cPanel provides a WordPress Manager for those who are handling their website using the WordPress CMS, WordPress installations, etc. options from the WordPress Manager.
In conclusion, after seeing all the features and benefits of cPanel, we can vocalize that cPanel is the standard and most reliable way to handle your website.