C-Panel was one of the first interfaces used by webmasters to manage their websites online. Practically, it is the ‘skeleton’ of a website, and the makes it easy for web developers to access it and use it.
The hosting hardware has a simple circuit in principle. The developer has access to the C-panel, to manage a website hosted on a drive of a web-hosting company. Some of these services even eliminated the c-panel interface, replacing it with a more intuitive Content management system. However, also if the user sees something different in the front end, there will be a c-panel at the back-end, which takes care of all the website’s functions.
To use your website through the c-panel, you will first need a domain name. The has an IP that can be accessed only through the internet, but the domain name represents the name used by a visitor to find that specific IP online. It can have a termination such as .com, .edu, or many other extensions, but also specific country ones such as .co.uk for British websites. Hosting has to be fast and accessible for users – a slow website will not have priority in Google, and it will also have a high bounce rate.
You can find many c-panel hosting packages responding to all types of needs and activities. Some web hosting companies will host your entire website, while others will only offer a ‘skeleton’ that you will have to manage with the c-panel. If you want to avoid unpleasant surprises such as a slow website that is offline most of the time, before deciding on the one you call.
Types of c-panel web hosting available
- Free hosting – yes, you can host your own website free on some platforms such as Blogger or WordPress, but the site will not be ‘entirely’ yours. It will have an extension such as yourname.wordpress.com, and it will actually belong to WordPress. Such websites are really Google-friendly, but they will not offer you the customization features required by a professional site. Moreover, it is tough to find a with c-panel
- Shared web hosting – the cheapest hosting method available for beginners, ideal for new websites. These websites consume the resources of the same server, dividing those between them whenever needed. You can go with this solution for months, but as soon as your website hits a few hundred visitors a day, you will need to think of a more performing package.
- Reseller web hosting – it is some kind of affiliate service in which a hosting company sells space and resources from a more significant provider to third parties. As the most reliable companies in the field have their own servers and they sell hosting directly to users, this service is not as used as it used to be.
- VPS – Virtual Private Server has many elements in common with shared hosting, but the resources are more prominent and their repartition is fairer. Practically, shared hosting means 100 websites on a server, while VPS means only ten sites on the same type of server.
- The most performing hosting solution is the Dedicated server, in which big websites benefit from a complex c-panel to manage a server solely for its needs.