A web hosting control panel can make or break your web hosting experience. Of course, every web hosting has their own control panel preferences, and you may be subject to their preferences when you sign up with them. If you aren’t entirely sure what a control panel is, it is software that is installed to the web host’s server to help you control your web hosting features and the experience of your users. The control panel will give you access to the features you want and need such as FTP accounts, email accounts, sub-domains, databases that you can create or add, as well as the ability to manage files and such. The control panel is an important part of your dedicated server process and in creating the best website possible.
Knowing which control panel is best for you is all about what you expect, what is advertised, and what you want to achieve. There are different control panels depending on the platform that the host uses such as Windows, Unix, or Linux and each platform may or may not work for you, sometimes you have to experience all of them before you settle on the one that is best for you. You’ll find control panels such as Hostopia, Cpanel, Plesk, Sphera, Vdeck, and Ensim, which are all good brands. If you are new to dedicated servers and control panels you’ll want to choose one of the names that is more intuitive so that it is easier to use. If you are more experienced, you can choose one of the more functional control panels that work great on your platform but are not as easy for the novice to use. Vdeck is one of the most popular and easy to use, but many of the hosts cannot provide access. Ensim is easy to use but is most often used by those that have a bit more experience, but Plesk is an all around great control panel.
The best way to choose the best control panel for your dedicated server is to check out the control panel demos that are often offered through the hosts. Checking out several different platforms and their offered control panels is an experience, and through this research you’ll likely find the control panel that will work best for you and your needs. Remember that every software takes some getting used to, so everything may not come easily, but choose the one that offers some of the best features and the usability that matches best with your ability. Matching your needs, your abilities, and the features of a control panel is the best way to find the perfect control panel for you.