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cPanel is an all-in-one program that helps manage most aspects of a web hosting account in one place. All plans include this, though features may vary. It simplifies tasks like adding new e-mail addresses, managing SSL certificates, installing scripts and enhancing securing. Also included with cPanel are Softaculous Auto-Installer and Fantastico De Luxe, programs which automate the installation of over 300 popular PHP scripts which are built-in and ready to install in just a few clicks.

Let's say a person has 3 domains and each one will have its own websites. cPanel can be used to add multiple domains and manage separate sites. It also allows the creation of individual FTP logins for each one. Alternately, domain names can easily be parked and redirected to other locations by filling out a small form. Without this software, these changes might be more complicated or require an administrator to do them. Now this is a quick self-service task which only takes minutes.

If multiple members within an organization need custom e-mail addresses such as [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] you can create these with just a few clicks. Each one will have its own login and password. The boxes can be checked via the built-in WebMail system or by using a common POP3 client such as Thunderbird or Outlook. Forwarders are also supported.

Populating databases and coding front ends for them is time consuming enough. It always helps to have tools that speed up the processes. Create, delete and mangage MySQL databases and users with great simplicity. Set permissions within seconds and use the integrated PHPMyAdmin app for visual DB maintenance.

For secure operations that require encryption such as e-commerce websites with shopping carts, SSL certificates can be purchased and provisioned all in the same process. There is no longer a need to purchase a cert, wait for authorization then install it manually. For those who will purchase one from a separate provider, the cPanel interface can be used to add it the typical way.

Traffic statistics are also available for those who choose to use them. One simple click enables them. There is detailed information about how many visitors per month and per day have been accessing individual pages. Referrers are logged to show what other sites are sending traffic. Search engine keyword targeting can also be measured.

There are also advanced features like cron job installation, editing MIME types and Apache handlers, custom error pages, DNS zone editor, hotlink protection, IP blocker and WebDisk as an alternative to FTP for quick file uploads.

Here is a list of features which are included with cPanel:


Site Tools
  • Custom Error Pages
  • Install FrontPage Extensions
  • Site Optimizer (compression)

Security
  • CloudFlare
  • Block IP Addresses and Ranges
  • Change Site and FrontPage Password
  • Password Protected Web Directories
  • Leech Protection (for password protected directories)
  • Hotlink Protection
  • Block IP Addresses
  • GnuPG Keys

E-Mail
  • Add / Remove E-Mail Accounts
  • Change E-Mail Passwords
  • WebMail
  • Auto Responders
  • Forwarders
  • Spam Filtering via SpamAssassin
  • Custom Mail Filtering
  • Mailing Lists
  • Edit MX Entry
  • BoxTrapper
  • E-Mail Authentication

Stats and Logging
  • Webalizer Web Stats
  • Webalizer FTP Stats
  • Analog Stats
  • AWStats
  • View Latest Visitors
  • View Banwidth Usage
  • View Error Logs
  • Download Raw Log Files

SSL
  • Manage Private Keys
  • Certificate Signing Requests
  • Generate SSL Certificates
  • Upload SSL Certificates
  • Delete SSL Certificates

File Management
  • Download Full Account Backups
  • Download Database Backups
  • Edit and Manage Most Files
  • Web Disk for Fast Uploading
  • Disk Space Usage Statistics
Install and Manage CGI and PHP Scripts
  • 5 Different Shopping Carts
  • Fantastico De Luxe (PHP Script Installer)
  • Several Bulletin Boards & Blogs
  • Java Chat
  • HTML Chat
  • phpMyChat
  • CGI Wrapper (for non-suexec installs)
  • Random HTML Generator
  • Advanced Guestbook
  • Countdown
  • Web Counter
  • Java Clock
  • Java Countdown
  • Secure FormMail
  • cgiemail
  • Entropy Search
  • Entropy Banner

Domains and Subdomains
  • Add / Remove Domains
  • Add / Remove Subdomains
  • Domain Redirects
  • Domain Lookup
  • Simple DNS Zone Editor
  • Advanced DNS Zone Editor

Advanced Tools
  • Cron Jobs
  • Index Manager
  • Edit MIME Types
  • Edit Apache Handlers

For Prgrammers
  • PHP Pear Packages
  • Find and install Perl Modules

Database Management
  • Add / Remove MySQL Databases
  • Add / Remove MySQL Users
  • Change MySQL Password
  • phpMyAdmin Access
  • Remote MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • phpPgAdmin

FTP
  • Add / Remove FTP Accounts
  • Change FTP Passwords
  • Anonymous FTP Controls
  • Ability to Change FTP Login Message
  • Ability to Kill FTP Sessions