cPanel is one of the most popular website and server management suites on the market, and for a few very good reasons. Precious few control panel suites are as intuitive, easy-to-install, flexible, reliable, and extensible as cPanel is. There are many free options on the market as well as a handful of cheaper options, but it would seem that a great deal of hosts prefer cPanel, even though the licensing fees start at around $200. But when you get a shared hosting account, you can truly get some cheap cpanel hosting for only a couple of dollars a month.
The core features included with cPanel are quite numerous: theme and language support, backup, e-mail support, database management, statistics panel, FTP management, support for various site tools, script management, as well as the ability to manage domains and sub-domains. These are just the top-level feature categories, each category can contain innumerable features, each of which can be modified or replaced as the owner of a server sees fit. Additionally, there are also other features that one can add to cPanel thanks to the easily extensible nature of cPanel.
The most commonly used features of cPanel from a subscriber’s perspective are probably those that relate to the management of the account. The addition of accounts, FTP or e-mail, as well as the management of those accounts is extremely easy, as is limiting those accounts when it is deemed necessary. Web-based file management solutions are also popular, but probably not as common as panels that track statistics.
Statistics tracking is probably the single most important panel for those looking to monetize their web presence and/or elevate their web profile. The problem is that even cPanel’s integrated statistics panel is a little out of date, and there are many third party add-ons and replacements to augment and/or replace the statistics-related panels that come with cPanel. Most of the modern replacements to cPanel’s basic statistics suite include the ability to track and monitor traffic and ratings related to social networking.
None of these features would be worthwhile if they were hard to install, caused server instability, or lacked in flexibility. This is the secret to cPanel’s features: no compromise is necessary if one is willing to pay for quality. These costs are then passed on to clients, who will appreciate a feature-rich hosting package that is easy to manage.