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Brief Overview of cPanel
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    2008-06-04

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  • Brief Overview of cPanel
  • The Beginning
  • Functions and Features
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    Administering and managing websites might sound like a tough task that requires a myriad of professional knowledge about servers and networking. However, this does not apply to hosting services that are powered by cPanel. Just as its name suggests, cPanel is a web-based web-hosting control panel with a really user-friendly and straightforward interface designed to make website administration easier.In this article, we're going to give a brief overview of the front ends that cPanel offers for server maintenance, such as administration of e-mail accounts, FTP, sub-domains, parked domains, file managers, archive of logs and statistics, SQL databases, redirects, CGI scripts, PGP keys, cron jobs, SSLs, indexes, and so forth.

    Keep in mind that the scope of this article is not documenting the use of cPanel. Actually, there are already dozens of guides and tutorials on that topic; still, the best place to start learning cPanel is always the official documentation, which is located here. If this does not satisfy your needs, then check the frequently asked questions. You may also search Google for tutorials regarding your issue or just contact technical support.

    This article focuses on pointing out the "things" that can be done with the help of cPanel, rather than explaining "how to" do a particular task. However, the latter cannot be excluded entirely because the user interface of cPanel is so intuitive that presenting an overview of particular tasks will help you realize how to approach resolving those administration-specific tasks.

    First, we'll see what cPanel is all about and how it has become the most popular and reliable web hosting control panel in the world. Then we're going to talk about accessing cPanel in order to use its administrative front ends. These days, cPanel is almost always taken for granted with commercial web-hosting services; due to its popularity and usefulness, customers pretty much expect cPanel.

    Sure, if you are running your own web server, then cPanel might not appeal to you. Chances are you won't need it, and acquiring a license for personal use isn't that easy. Even so, non-profit organizations and charities can contact cPanel and request a license for a reduced priced or even for free.

    All of this being said - let's begin.

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