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cPanel is a very popular web hosting control panel. It allows you to quickly and easily manage your hosting account. The latest release of cPanel is cPanel version 11 (Version 11.23.6 to be exact).
cPanel 11 allows you to easily upload and manage your files on your web hosting account through the 2 file managers available in cPanel 11. cPanel 10 originally only came with 1 file manager. cPanel 11 has come with that file manager from the previous version (although slightly improved with the ability to download files through it) and it comes with a brand new file manager with alot new features that the previous version didn't have to make it easier to manage and upload files. It has a search function to help find a file that you might have lost in all your files, there is also a compress feature so you can compress files and directories actually on your server which makes it alot easier and faster to backup your site. There is also another editor for you to edit files with as well as in line file renaming aswell as other little new additions and tweaks to the old features.
cPanel shows alot of statistics about your account on the main index page. It tells you all the basic information like file space and bandwidth used down to all the information about what version of cPanel you have and the build Apache version, kernel version, cPanel theme version and the php and MySQL version the server is running as well as other information. Additionally there are graphical displays to show the important information such as disk space used, bandwidth used, domains/sub-domains used as well as databases and mailing lists used. This just makes it easier to see at first glance how much you have left of any of the main features and so on. There is also the chance to be notified if your account is running low on disk space, bandwidth or when one of your webmail email accounts is now about to hit the limit. This is good for the people that only log into cPanel when they need to do something (like me) so they may not be aware that bandwidth was running low or whatever.
cPanel also has a service status feature to show you advanced information (improved alot since cPanel 10) so you can see if any part of the server is down such as MySQL, webmail, FTP and so on so in the case of a problem it can easily be seen if that particular service is down.
Additionally Cpanel offers many other features to help manage your hosting account like:
- phpMyAdmin to help manage your MySQL databases
- Backup option to easily back up your account
- Web disk to allow you to manage your account on your computer
- Virus scaner to check for malicious files that may have been uploaded through exploits
- Logs to get details on visitors and to track and malicious visitors.
My experiences with cPanel are very good. I have used other control panels such as vista panel and Plesk control panel although i did find that weren't as advanced and easy to use as cPanel was. cPanel is the most used control panel by hosts as it is well known so users look for it when looking for hosts, it offers alot of features and it is easy to use whether you are a beginner and new to web hosting or advanced. I have never come across and issues with any features and everything has worked fine for the last 18 months i have been using cPanel. They are very quick to fix issues and especially security issues with it. As with other popular software cPanel has been known to have a few major security issues in the past but cPanel is widely used and is a big target for hackers so hackers do concentrate more of finding exploits in software tat is very widely used as it is more worthwhile for them.