What Is A CPanel?

The most commonly used control panel in the web hosting world is cPanel which stands, literally, for “control panel.” End users don’t see this part of the website; only the results of its use. Consequently, web users who decide to run and manage their own websites are unfamiliar with this panel, what it’s for, and how to use it. Let’s look more closely at cPanel.

Used by More Web Hosts

Most people choose cPanel because it’s easy to navigate and sensibly organized. This control panel is like the dashboard on a car or an airplane, only it is delivered to your computer as a means of accessing your website. It is used similarly to these other instruments, however, in that a control panel is a monitoring device but also a steering wheel, turn signal control panel, provides additional lights, and supplies buttons to de-fog the back window or initiate emergency lights (figuratively speaking).

General Elements of cPanel

With cPanel, you are controlling and maintaining the system, even solving problems. Users upload information, store information, read information, and install reader-end controls with cPanel. What does this look like in reality?

Reading Analytics

The web manager needs to know that the setup is working properly; that uptime is at or above the guaranteed, industry standard level. Hosting providers are interested in how fast the site loads to a user’s computer. There are account analytics like web “clicks,” web visits (longer than a click), conversion rates, email tracking, and more.

Uploading Data

This is a mixture of written words, photographs or other images, and also video or interactive features which make content dynamic rather than static. Connect what you are building to a domain name and then get everything onto the worldwide web as one seamless entity. It doesn’t just “happen”; the person in control of this system has to deliberately create a website. It’s not a website until people can read it on the net. Along with a domain name, this is where the controller deals with subdomains and backups.

Storing Data

From time to time, the information you upload must go somewhere else. It’s slowing down loading speed which frustrates readers and reduces one’s ratings with search engines. One does not have to lose this data; it is merely cached by using storage features on cPanel.


Use a control panel to set up an email address or multiple emails. Email features include email tracking, auto-responders, automatic forwarding, and more. There are lots of email-related parts to the cPanel and it plays a big part in your marketing strategy as a business.

Who Controls the cPanel?

Here are your three options. Become acquainted with how computers work or extend existing knowledge in this domain. Utilize this knowledge to run the website yourself, thereby saving money on web hosting without management.

If you don’t like computers, can’t understand them, or employees are busy elsewhere, hire a web hosting service provider which offers managed hosting. It costs extra, but web managers do this all day; they can do it in their sleep. Combine the two so that a client has access to certain aspects of the control panel, but deeper level controls are the administrator’s purview.

Alternatives to cPanel

Other names have emerged to compete with cPanel, but they only take about 10% of the market according to online statistics. There is Froxlor, Kloxo, and Ajenti to name only three. Competition is growing so cPanel will probably lose some of the high ground, but not for a while. It’s at the top because cPanel is user-friendly.

This interface is visual and easy to understand. Structure is tiered to identify access at various levels. If WordPress has been installed, users access it directly through the cPanel. You don’t need to know code in order to take charge.