cPanel Logo – cPanel (acronym for Control Panel) is a management tool based on Web technologies to manage sites easily, with a clean interface. This is a non-free software available for many distributions of Linux that support RPM, such as SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, etc.. Preliminary support is for Debian, it should have requested to leave the beta stage for several years, and which has no support. The cPanel is accessed through ports 2082 and 2083 (for versions of SSL). Authentication is by HTTP or a login page.
It was designed for commercial service web hosting, which is why the company does not offer licensed for personal use. However, the owners of nonprofit organizations such as educational institutions and charity can request a free license. It is available only for operating systems based on Linux, but versions for Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X under development.
cPanel was originally designed as the control panel for Speed Hosting, a hosting company, now defunct. The original author of cPanel, J. Nick Koston had a stake in Speed Hosting. After the merger with Speed Hosting WebKing, the company moved its virtual servers Development Inc. (VDI), now defunct. Following an agreement between J. Nick Koston and VDI, cPanel was only available to customers hosted directly at VDI. At that time there was little competition in the market for control panels, the main options were VDI and Alabanza. Key features in cPanel 2 were, automatic updating and hosting Manager.
cPanel 3 was released in 1999. cPanel 3 was a version with many problems as it used to contain many errors besides not having a good user interface. This interface improved when Carlos Rego of Wizards Hosting created what became the default theme of cPanel. Over time and due to internal problems between VDI and J. Nick Koston, cPanel split into two separate programs and WebPanel cPanel. WebPanel was the version by VDI. Without the lead programmer, VDI was unable to continue work on cPanel and eventually stopped supporting it completely. J. Nick Koston kept working on cPanel while working at BurstNET. Finally Nick let BurstNET to focus fully on cPanel. cPanel has been updated and improved over the years. Now is a control panel stable and reliable.