Importance of control panels
As mentioned above control panels are a way for web hosting users to edit and manage content on their domain, e-mail accounts, page templates, data bases, web site statistics, and more. Control panels are usually optimized for most internet users who are considered not to be professional programmers, and lack the ability to use tools that are more complex.
Bearing in mind most users usually lack the required knowledge or even time and interested to use something more complex, control panels usually offer a way to do this through a user friendly and easy access interface. Moreover, since the demand is quite strong in this field so is the supply and the competition that comes with it. Some web host providers even offer control panels for easy control, management and administration for web host resellers and their clients.
The point of control panels is therefore to offer more friendly and easy access to site management and administration, in recent days control panels are very advanced and well developed, so that almost anything you desire can be done from control panel. They will not only give you control over storage and domains, but you can find a lot of useful scripts and applications right there for editing and optimizing your website. Many control panels nowadays include their own site builder wizards, FTP transfer wizards, video tutorials, backups, advance statistic management, MySQL management and editing, photo and video management, etc, though some of the more advanced options may not be included in the original price and might cost extra to use.
Long story short, the control panels are a must nowadays, but choosing the right one depends on your specific needs, but some of the most common things you should be looking for are:
Interface graphics – See if it is possible to a get a photo or video clip of what the interface will look like, it might seem less important at first glance, but bear in mind that you will be spending a lot of time at this screen managing your site, so it’s quite important to be comfortable with it. In most cases there should be options for changing some skins or colors here.
Supported operative systems – This might seem trivial, but be sure to check if the control panel is optimized for the platform you will be using, for example if you are using a apple a control panel optimized for Mac OS should probably be your preference. Fulfilling all your needs – A control panel usually has a very large number of options. Before you decide, you should first make a list of all of them you think are necessary and then choose accordingly, all other extra options should be considered a plus. On the other hand if you have to pay for them, try not to take too many options you know (or think) you will not need, why waste money.