A control panel is required to manage web hosting activities of web hosting server, it is a web-based interface provide by web hosting companies to the user to manage their web hosting account. There are several types of web hosting control panels are available and each of them has different functionalities. The most commonly used control panels are:
cPanel: cPanel is one of the most commonly used control panel, it is a Linux based control panel which is designed to provide an ease in terms of managing various web hosting activities, it is based on three tier structure which is provide access to administrator, reseller and website owner to manage server according to their needs. The most prominent aspect of cPanel is that is provides Graphical User Interface (GUI) along with command line and API based access which allows web developers or system administrators to automate the process of standard server administration.
As far as application support is concerned it provides support for latest web applications which mainly include PHP, Perl, Apache, MySQL and more. It also offer support for email based servers such as POP2, IMAP and SMTP services. The best feature of cPanel is that it offer one click installation of application which mean one don’t have to upload each file manually, that’s why it is high recommended by web developers.
Plesk: Plesk which is also known as Parallel Plesk, Parallel Plesk Control panel and Plesk server administrator. It is designed to manage web hosting servers based on various operating systems such as Linux, UNIX, Ubuntu, Red Hat Linux and more beside this it also support Windows server edition 2003 and 2008 operating systems. Plesk offers Graphical User Interface (GUI) which allow easy sever management, website setup and effective management of reseller and email accounts.
One major feature of Plesk is that it provide Add-ons for different purposes, using Plesk one can easily install various add-ons with just a click. The most commonly used Plesk add-ons are:
- Plesk Customer & Business Manager
- Plesk Site Builder
- Plesk Expand for multiple server support
As far as application support is concerned it provide complete support for latest web applications and one can easily install any application with just a click.