cPanel – stands for control panel. In this WordPress tutorial we’ll look at what is cpanel from the perspective of a web hosting control panel. We’ll also discuss why hosting with cPanel is essential for bloggers, and in particular the bloggers who are not overly technically savvy.
What Is cPanel – Description
cPanel refers to a specific type of control panel, offered by some web hosts. For bloggers, cPanel provides an easy to use graphical interface. As well, it offers technically simple automation tools that, among others, allow users to install WordPress blog automatically, within minutes. In addition, a cPanel significantly simplifies web hosting and the management of all website data.
Even though the cPanel is the most popular control panel for web hosting, not all web hosting providers offer it. All web hosts offer the use of a control panel but the graphical interface will vary. Some control panels are complicated and quite troublesome for users that are not very technically inclined.
My advice to you is, that if you have doubts about your technical ability and you are about to start a blog, select a hosting provider that offers hosting with the type of cPanel I am describing.
There are many companies to chose from. I can only suggest web hosting providers that I have dealt with.
My preferred web host is Hostgator,(affiliate link) not only because they offer the cPanel but also because, as somewhat technically challenged, I find their support absolutely outstanding.
The reason why most bloggers choose the web hosts with cPanel is because even a newbie without any technical knowledge can effortlessly:
- Create a new domain
- Set up a blog
- Add new domains/blogs/sites (if you want to have more than one domain)
- Create subdomains
- Manage the email accounts (for example, email forwarding)
- Manage files
- Install software
- Check website stats
- Manage backup
- Manage spam and security
- Create MySQL databases
- And much, much more…
An Example Of a cPanel At Hostgator
A section of a typical cPanel graphical interface at Hostgator
As you can see, a cPanel is very graphical with hard to miss large navigational icons. cPanel is divided into sections based on different functions. Usually, cPanels are divided into the following sections:
- Special Offers
- Host Links
- Preferences (for example password updates)
- Mail (for example, email forwarding))
- SEO & Marketing Tools
- Files (here will be your File Manager)
- Domains (in this area you are able to add domains and subdomains)
- Software/Services (in this sections you have tools to install WordPress)
Below I will explain a few commonly used sections.
Files – The top row in this image example is labeled “Files”(the label is cut off in this image) and it contains all functions related to files, including file manager, FTP accounts, back up, etc. The File Manager is the place where all your website files are stored. They are easily accessible.
Domains – The section called “Domains” contains functions such as adding domains, adding subdomains, creating redirects and so on. Whenever you add a new domain or are creating a subdomain, this is the area you want to navigate to.
Software / Services – The bottom part of the cPanel is named Software/Services. This is the area which houses the software that helps you install WordPress or another blog platform.
Many web hosts with cPanel offer Fantastico for WordPress installation. Some companies offer their own scripts. Hostgator now offers its own script called QuickInstall.
These scripts are amazing because they allow you to install WordPress on your blog in minutes with just a few clicks.
In summary, in this tutorial you have learned what is cPanel and why bloggers, especially the ones that are not techie savvy love it. I highly recommended to you to look into web hosting with cPanel. It is for anyone who is not comfortable with the technical aspects of blog installation and website maintenance. cPanel is a newbie friendly interface but it is used by millions of bloggers of all technical backgrounds.
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