How good is Plesk as a control panel?

150315---Plesk Both cPanel and Plesk are popular choices as server control panels. Opinions are divided on which one is better. For the uninitiated, Parallels Plesk Panel is what is commonly referred to as Plesk. Plesk has a number of main benefits:

  • It is extremely easy to use. It has a very clean interface.
  • It is considered highly stable control panel as compared to its peers.
  • It offers support for multiple platforms including the Windows and the Linux platforms.
  • It uses the HTTPS protocol and offers a high level of security.
  • It provides automation at various levels.
  • It lets you move accounts from other control panels conveniently.

Looking at the above-mentioned benefits, one could say that Plesk is an ideal choice for a control panel. We would say it is a matter of convenience and choice. What one may like, another may not. There is another reason, however, that makes Plesk popular. It is said that Plesk makes all types of users comfortable. You don’t need to be a technical expert to work with this control panel. So, it is as good to the server administrator as it to the non-technical end-user.

Plesk navigation and capabilities

The Plesk Control Panel boasts an easy-to-navigate web hosting automation interface. Navigating through its multiple sections has been facilitated to the maximum, so that you could quickly find the functionality you need at any given moment. The Control Panel memorises all most commonly used functionalities and brings them to you anytime you access its interface. As far as the management process is concerned, Plesk offers numerous features for efficient administration of the available hosting resources. Some of the most noteworthy administrative options include an auto-update mechanism and an auto-component updater, a migration manager, as well as a web-based installation for quick deployment. With those administrative features Plesk users will be able to handle all the necessary updates automatically. Apart from the functional side of Plesk, you will have the opportunity to customise the layout of your working environment by selecting from a variety of additional skins, or by creating your own fully branded skins through a web-based interface. Plesk is the only control panel with native support for Windows Server 2008 and Server 2012, which is definitely a unique selling point and for customers of intrahost is probably the main reason for choosing Plesk over cPanel.

If you have any questions or would like further information on Plesk visit our website or call us on 0800 321 3812

CPanel - Opencart

150120---OpenCart Many of our customers at intrahost use the cPanel Control Panel to manage their online presence. In this series of posts we thought we’d share some of the most popular applications that people can access free through the Softaculous Auto Installer on cPanel.

OpenCart is an open source eShopping cart that is completely free to download and use. That said, you’ll likely want to budget in the cost of buying extensions and paying a credit card processor. Unless you’re comfortable working with a level of code you may need to hire a developer to help you launch.

Product Features:

OpenCart comes out of the box with usable, merchant-minded basics instead of a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles. You can upload unlimited categories and products (be sure you choose a hosting package that allows for ample bandwidth and storage or you may get charged with overage fees when you exceed monthly limits.)

OpenCart includes space to insert keywords, metadata, and site maps to aid with SEO and plugins are available to download. Several postal providers are built into the software and shipping weight and flat rate calculation tools are offered. Other highlights include multi-store support, solid international options, discount coupons and the ability to include product ratings and reviews.

Web Design:

OpenCart’s default frontend template has eye-pleasing fonts and intuitive page navigation that should work well for users who are just starting out or are selling products that don’t necessarily require a hyped-up theme. If you decide to install a different skin you’ll find more than 2,000 options available to buy.

Although the built-in reporting tools are helpful, you can integrate Google Analytics in the admin panel in order to view more in-depth metrics.

Integrations and Add-Ons:

OpenCart offers a whole range of extensions. The basic software arrives feature-light but does include Google Analytics, Facebook, and Twitter integrations, which means your store can start off lean with room to add the functionality you want. The OpenBay Pro extension can integrate your store with Amazon, play.com, and eBay. You should be able to find most if not all of the other extras you want via third-party vendors, including accounting, shipping, and SEO add-ons.

Plug-in examples include:

  • Amazon Payments - Integrates with the payment processor.
  • Social Media Bundle - Allows customers to login to your store via Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Instagram.
  • SEO Pack Pro - Contains several tools to optimise your shop.
  • Quickbooks Integration - Connects your admin to the popular accounting software.

Payment Processing:

In order to accept credit card sales you’ll need to open a merchant account. OpenCart integrates with most major payment processors, including PayPal (and PayPal Express Checkout). In addition 700+ gateways are available via the extension directory. You can also process cash orders and offer discounts from the admin panel. Multiple currencies are supported as well.

We hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or would like further information on how your business can benefit hosting with intrahost...

...please visit our website intrashost.co.uk or call us today on 0800 321 3812.

What is cPanel and why do many web designers use it?

One of the factors most website designers look for when they are choosing their web hosting service is whether the hosting service comes with cPanel.

What is cPanel and why do people look for cPanel hosting providers?

cPanel is a web based hosting control panel provided by many hosting providers to website owners  or designers allowing them to manage their websites from a web based interface. This powerful application gives users a graphical interface from which they can control their portion of their server. The tools provided are designed to simplify running and controlling a website. It uses a tiered structure that allows different levels of access. Administrators and end users can control the different aspects of the server and the website directly through their browser.

cPanel

At Intrahost we offer a choice of cPanel or Plesk for Linux servers and Plesk for Windows and Linux servers.

cPanel allows you to manage your hosting service in an efficient and in the most user friendly way. Even someone that is not web savvy will be able to manage his or her hosting service with this control panel.

cPanel is one of the most widely used control panel in the world. Website hosting companies will not be subscribing to cPanel if it were not to be the best tool available in the industry. Website owners will be able to accomplish even the most complex hosting tasks with single click operation through cPanel.

cPanel users will be able to manage the entire website. They will be able to take back up of their entire site in single click, manage their files, set up FTP accounts, create email accounts, access website server statistics, set up and manage databases.

No other hosting control panel gives the users with such an elaborate hosting management solution. As you can manage your cPanel hosting all by yourself you will not be required to contact your hosting company too frequently for assistance. The entire cPanel hosting has been designed to help the users serve themselves.

Choose a reputable hosting company for your cPanel hosting requirements so that they will not only host your websites on secure and reliable servers but will also provide you with cPanel control panel with access to its full range of capability.

If you have any questions or would like further information on cPanel visit our website http://www.intrahost.co.uk/web-hosting/technical or call us on 0800 321 3812