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VPS Hosting For Dummies - What Is CPanel VPS Hosting?

cPanel VPS hosting is the use of a single partitioned server to behave as if it were many servers.  These virtual machines act the same as several physical computers – except that they are actually all contained in 1 single server.

VPS with cPanelcPanel, derived from “control panel”, is an interface system that allows one to easily monitor and adjust the settings of a VPS, or Virtual Private Server. Indeed, the cPanel interface is specifically designed to meet the needs of the administrator and to make the job easier.  Combining the CPanel interface with a VPS hosting system can greatly increase the efficiency and ease of running websites.

CPanel VPS Hosting - What is "VPS Hosting?"

VPS Hosting, or Virtual Private Server Hosting, is basically the use of an outside server to store and protect your work.  These servers are usually kept in cooled and isolated rooms designed to protect them from weather, people and power outages.  cPanel makes it possible to access and even change the information within a server through any outside device so long as it is connected to the internet.  One has the ability to access their server using a Mac, Linux or Windows operating system as long as they have a Remote Desktop (RDP).

A VPS is not prone to the same dangers that are present on a personal computer such as loss of hardware failure/ malfunction or power outages. This means more stability for the administrator in hosting his or her webpages.  In addition, cPanel can help in managing the work on any one particular server.

Then, what's CPanel?

cPanel is an interface that works to simplify and optimize your work by putting all normally used tools at your disposal.  Based on Linux, cPanel allows you to switch back and forth between your accounts quickly and safely, simplifying and organizing the websites or off-computer systems that you are managing.

One can configure DNS and IP addresses, usage and permission options for your accounts and software upgrades.  You also have the ability to back up and migrate information between accounts.  cPanel supports Postrgres, MySQL, PHP and Apache.  Essentially, cPanel is a managing tool for your websites which both saves time for the administrator along with eliminates the risk of losing information through unfortunate scenarios such as power outages or internet connection failure.

Alternatives to CPanel

Along with cPanel, there are alternative control panels one can use that basically do the same thing.  The most competitive and commonly used of these alternative control panels is Parallels Plesk.  Another alternative is called the GNU Panel.  The GNU Panel is more like cPanel than Plesk is as it is also a Linux based interface.  Plesk is not Linux based but it does support Linux along with Windows.  They are all designed to deliver the same capabilities for the administrator but they all differ in terms of options. In a nutshell, the only difference between them is the user’s perception – all of them pretty much perform the same role.

About Author

Paul is a tech geek and an internet wanderer that is now working for Serverpoint - a web hosting company that offers cPanel VPS and cheap dedicated servers.

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