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  What’s a Control Panel?

A control panel is a “back end” administrative tool used to manage many of the features and operations of a server. These include user accounts, user services, upgrades and software. When connected to your server, they’re a great way to gain more control of your account and your site(s). Macsoft offers cPanel/WHM, Plesk Panel, and Parallels Small Business Panel.

Parallels Small Business Panel was designed primarily for novices and small to medium businesses. Plesk Panel and cPanel are traditional control panels that allow for more power and flexibility, but also have a steeper learning curve. Expert users may choose to not use a control panel and instead opt for operating on the command-line. Either way, we’re here to help, and are more than willing to offer our advice should you find it difficult to choose. Just ask us.

You’ll notice the extensive features we’ve listed below differ between products. cPanel and Plesk market their tools differently, but these lists are the quickest and most accurate way to present a “snapshot view” to help you determine which is right for you.

The best way to choose a control panel is to visit the developers’ websites to demo each panel. We strongly recommend visiting both cPanel and Parallels to view their demos and learning more about their offerings.
With Parallels’ Control Panels
  These include both Plesk and Parallels Small Business Panel.
Visit the Parallels Website for further details on these Plesk features
With cPanel/WHM Control Panel
  cPanel Website for further details
on these cPanel features
  Web Servers: Apache
Scripting: Apache ASP, Perl, Python,
SSI, SSL, CGI, Mod_Perl
More: Suexec, Restart Optimization,
Skeleton Directory
  Manage email accounts
(add, remove, change password)
Webmail for all accounts
Custom mail filtering
Mailing lists (mailman)
Ability to modify an MX entry
Spam filtering (SpamAssassin)
  Webalizer web stats
Webalizer FTP stats
Analog stats
View latest visitors
View bandwidth usage
View error log
Download raw log file
Manage FTP accounts (add, remove,
change password)
Anonymous FTP controls
Ability to change FTP login message
Ability to kill FTP sessions
Site Tools
Web Protect (.htaccess editor)
Ability to change site password
Custom error pages
Ability to edit MIME types
Ability to edit Apache handlers
File Manager
Ability to add/remove subdomains
Subdomain redirects
Stats for subdomains
Advanced Tools
SSH access
Manage GPG keys
Cron jobs
Pre-Installed CGI Scripts
Interchange Cart
Agora Cart
Bulletin Board
Java Chat
CGI Wrapper (for non-suexec installs)
Random HTML generator
Advanced Guestbook
Counter Generator
Java Clock Generator
Java Countdown Generator
Secure FormMail clone
Entropy Search
Entropy Banner
Network Tools
DNS lookup
Trace Route
Database Management
Manage MySQL databases
phpMyAdmin access
  MTAs: Qmail or Postfix
Web-based: IMP
AntiSpam: SpamAssassin
Mailing List: Mailman Aliasing,
Auto-responses, Groups, User Access
  DBs: MySQL, PostgreSQL
DB Management: PhpMyAdmin,
PhpPgMyAdmin, Secure Setup,
  FTP Servers: ProFTPd
Features: Anonymous FTP,
Upload Directory, FTP Throttling
  Servers: Bind
Features: Master/Slave Management,
Remote DNS, Load Balancing Support,
Automated File Matching
  Apps: AWStats, Webalizer, Plesk Traffic Manager
Features: Real Time Bandwidth, Custom Reports, Graphical User Breakdowns
  Numerous additional applications and tools
supported in the above categories as well
as Website Creation, Backup, Firewall, Java,
Migration Utilities, Extensive International
Support and much more.
  WHM Features  
  •  Basic skinable User Interface
•  Ability to change automatic update schedule
•  Change hostname
•  Set server time
•  Three different reseller systems
•  Unix quota support
•  Ability to change MySQL root password
•  Disable/enable Suexec
•  Wheel su security
•  Remote access keys
•  Interactive knowledge base
•  Server backup and restore
•  Config file rollback
•  Graceful and forceful reboot support
•  Service status page
•  Server info page
•  Quick access to Apache status
•  CPU/memory/MySQL usage history
•  Ability to limit users disk space, bandwidth, POP accounts,
   FTP accounts, shell access, SQL databases, lists and subdomains
•  Account upgrades/downgrades
•  Ability to rearrange accounts (move access between disks)
•  Suspension of accounts
•  Email all users
•  Change users’ passwords
•  Change ownership of an account
   (move account between resellers)
•  Demo mode
  •  Custom suspension pages
•  Ability to copy accounts from other servers, including:
   cPanel,WebPanel, Plesk, CiHost/Spectro,Ensim, Alabanza
•  Built in cPanel/WHM Theme Manager
•  Access to addon cPanel themes
•  Domain parking/pointing
•  Add a DNS zone
•  DNS Zone Editor with syntax checker
•  Ability to Host DNS on a remote machine
•  Domain forwarding
•  Reset the MySQL root password
•  Repair a database
•  Change a database user’s password
•  Manage IP addresses (add/remove)
•  Format new hard disks
•  Optimize EIDE hard drives
•  Install Perl modules
•  Mail troubleshooter
•  Manage mail queue
•  View mail stats
•  Background process killer (detect & kill IRC bots)
•  View system processes
•  Reset a Mailman (Mailing List) password
•  Update to the latest version with a click
•  Change the SSL certificate cPanel/WHM uses
•  Generate a new SSL certificate
•  Install an SSL certificate
•  Restart services
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