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Control Panels

When you use Windows, the control panels refer to software modules which can be used for performing multiple administrative tasks and for managing the operating system. So, a control panel basically helps users to configure and monitor almost all aspects of running a website which uses Windows as its operating system. So, whether it is key board and mouse functions, power options and networking settings, usernames and passwords, display and background settings, audio settings, software and hardware options, speech recognition and parental controls etc, every feature is controlled by the control panels.

The control panels are parts of the Graphical User Interface or GUI of systems and their duty is to streamline management for sites. They are comprised of groups of individual panel applets. The control panel is most useful for people who have very less experience in hosting. It combines all the features into user-friendly and intuitive software which even beginners can use seamlessly. Although you may need to be able to operate a control panel most of the instructions are highly intuitive.

The control panels are parts of the Graphical User Interface or GUI of systems and their duty is to streamline management for sites. They are comprised of groups of individual panel applets. The control panel is most useful for people who have very less experience in hosting. It combines all the features into user-friendly and intuitive software which even beginners can use seamlessly. Although you may need to be able to operate a control panel most of the instructions are highly intuitive.

Benefits of Control Panels

  • Perhaps the biggest benefit of using control panels is that it allows you to automate certain tasks. The whole aim of using such control panels is because these administrative interfaces will simplify administration for you. So, you can use a single click for setting up email accounts. You can also set up automated backups at regular intervals and even auto-responders to reply to email messages automatically.
  • Another important advantage of using control panels is that you can install scripts or applications automatically. There are many control panels which give you the power to set up scripts from online libraries. There are others which can readily install blog software such as the WordPress or other content management systems. Control panels will also allow you to install chat rooms and FAQs.
  • Control panels also offer affordability to websites; they are very easy to use and they can save you a lot of money and time that would be taken up if you were to get new software. You can benefit from many tutorials which are found on the Internet. Script installations and applications installations become easier because all these tasks are automated. In the absence of a control panel, these tasks would unnecessarily consume a lot of time. The more common modules that are available in most control panels include website statistics, server log access, creation of email accounts, database management, FTP user accounts, file manager etc.
  • An important advantage of using control panels is easy availability of website statistics. So, by using such tools it is possible to stay updated about your site viewership; where the viewers are viewing your site from and when they have been viewing it.
  • You do not need any special software to be able to use a control panel. So, you will not have to clutter your desktop with FTP software. For instance when you use the popular cPanel, you are able to access the website from any location on the globe through a web browser. From such locations, you are free to upload data, download files etc as you need to. The entire process is fast and efficient; it also saves hard drive space for you.

These are the key benefits which control panels can offer. Control panel is there in almost every Windows version, whether it is Windows 10 or Windows 7 or Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows 98 etc. Components have been continuously added and deleted from every Windows version. However, you may find some minor differences between one version and another. There are some cons of using a control panel too, especially where big tasks are involved. When you need to select and move a directory having a huge number of files by using the control panel, it becomes a time consuming affair. It is also difficult to manage file permissions which have got changed suddenly because of a control panel as this becomes very confusing. It is however easy to fix these using commands in servers because these are then achievable with single clicks. Finally, control panels are found to have many security loopholes. This is why they are frequently targeted by hackers and are prone to DDoS attacks. Shell terminal will however have password security and these can be regularly updated to increase server security.

So the selection of control panels basically depends upon your expertise and the kind of ease you wish for in order to manage your account. When you do not have a control panel, you should be prepared to handle the issues on your own. Control panel makes it easier to troubleshoot problems with single clicks.

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