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Website Control Panel For Linux and Windows

A control panel is a web-based interface offered by the hosting company to the users, where they can handle their various hosted services in a single place without using any extra software.

Some use proprietary control panels, but some other use one of the more popular platforms. Plesk is one of the control panel options, which is used along with Server CP and Virtozzo. The top is the industry is CPanel. There are some differences in the programs; still they share similar functionalities and features.

Control Panel Basics:

Control panel offers basic details which can be useful for the site. One can see the resources used to make sure that they are not at the risk of exceeding any limitations. There will be a separate section for changing the password, set preferences such as the email address for notifications and the language you prefer. One can also see:

1. Bandwidth usage for the month

2. Disk space usage

3. Hosting package

4. Path to Perl

5. Path to Sendmail

6. IP Address

7. Version Identification

Quantity of:

1. MySQL databases

2. FTP accounts

3. Add on domains

4. Email accounts

5. Mailing lists

6. Parked domains

File Management:

The most significant use of a web hosting account is the actual content on the site. It contains a means to backup the files, so one can download them for security uses. One can also create FTP accounts, so that one can use an FTP client for easily uploading and downloading documents on the site. The actual file manager lets to view the document map on the site, so that one can view all files, directories and sub-directories. With the file manager, one can typically do:

Create new folders/directories

Create new files

Move, copy and delete files and folders

Upload and download files

Change permissions

Email:

Control panel allows access to manage the email settings. It lets one to create email addresses and set quotas for all the accounts you are permitted to. One can also set up mailing lists, auto responders and forwarders. Some hosts have the option for checking web mail from the control panel and some provide anti-spam tools, where one can choose whether or not to turn on a spam filter and modify the preferences on how to handle emails marked as spam.

Statistics:

Control panels have various statistical analysis options to help one to maximize the site. One may use the statistics to manage security, analyze traffic for search engine maximization or find the efficiency of the site. Other data one can obtain from the statistics include:

Latest visitors

Number of visitors to the sites

Referring website

Browser used

Where browser navigated to within site

How long someone stayed on the site

Where they left the site to go to

These details can be used to target advertising, to maximize the site or to make sure the site is running efficiently.

Security:

One can tighten the security of the site or implement special permissions for various parts of the site. One can create password protected directories, so any details accessed from that area needs a username and a password. One can block problematic visitors by IP. One can also enable hot link protection, so people could not use the images and link directly to them, effectively stealing the bandwidth.