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Web Hosting Control Panels

Hosting control panel software is software that a web host installs on its servers that allows you to make changes to your web hosting account. Wikipedia describes Hosting Control Panel Software as "the interface provided by the hosting company for the maintenance and monitoring of the hosted website."

Hosting control panel software most commonly lets you:

  • Add domain names
  • Add and manage email accounts
  • View visitor statistics
  • View server errors and log files
  • View disk space and bandwidth used
  • Upload and edit files
  • Set-up and manage databases
  • Manage FTP users

In addition, some web hosting control panels let you:

  • Set-up spam filtering
  • Make back-ups
  • Set-up SSH logins
  • Enable HotLink and Leech Protection
  • Password protect directories
  • Configure scripting languages
  • Set-up cron jobs
  • Install scripts

Most hosting control panel software includes enough features to get by but you will want to make sure that the web hosting control panels that your hosting offers has all the features that you need. Most web hosts use these web hosting control panels:

These are some other hosting control panel software that your web host may use:

  • Cortex provisioning system
  • Cube Panel
  • Ensim Pro
  • Helm
  • H-sphere
  • iadmin
  • InterWorx
  • InsPanel
  • ISPmanager
  • Lxadmin
  • Virtualmin Professional
  • vSacs
  • XPanel

If you are looking to set-up software on your own server to make it easier to manage, you can even try some Open Source Control Panels:

You can explore more types of hosting control panel software at the DMOZ directory. You can also compare the best hosting plans that use a specific control panel:

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