What is a "Web Host"?
I have a Website. Now what?
Building a website is an important first step in establishing an Internet presence. The next step is to install your site on a webserver connected to the Internet so users will see the site you've created. The most effective way to get your website online and performing properly is to work with a reputable Web Host Provider.
What is a "Web Host" and why do I need one?
"Web Hosting" refers to the process of delivering websites across the Internet from a computer server, usually called a webserver. A "Web Host Provider," like KingWebhost, manages the expertise, hardware and control panel software necessary for you, your IT Manager or web developer to deliver your website to Internet users with consistency and high-speed. Don't have technical resources on staff? No worries. In many cases, the Web Host Provider can perform all these functions for you, and scale services and features to accommodate your growth needs.
The equipment is housed in a Network Operations Center (NOC), also called a Data Center, which includes sophisticated environmental control and monitoring systems, fire-suppression capability, and the latest security systems to prevent unauthorized physical and electronic intrusion.
Web Host Providers also maintain the webservers, adding new hardware and software as needed, monitoring the systems to ensure maximum uptime, installing security patches, and providing you with help and support.
How does a Control Panel help with my site?
The control panel is a graphical interface with icons that link to important features and tools necessary to run your website.
Think about the instrument panel of your automobile and the insight it offers to the inner workings, functionality and performance of your vehicle. Could you drive from point A to point B without such an elaborate graphical interface. Yes, it just wouldn't be as easy, as efficient and of course, it would require more mechanical knowledge on your part. The same is true for a website Control Panel.
To a Web Host Provider, web designer or system administrator, a control panel offers the same type of intuitive graphical interface. The control panel helps to easily configure and manage the features and operations of a server - and your website. 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.
Can I get by without a Control Panel?
If you're a system administrator or expert user, you may choose to work without a control panel and opt for operating on the command-line.
But for the vast majority of us, a control panel is preferable because you'll never have to learn command-line language or tedious shell-oriented tasks. Imagine the time and frustration that will save you, and your technical staff.
Okay, so I want a Control Panel. Which one is right for me?
We believe that they best Control Panel on the market is cPanel. cPanel is also popular with Web Hosts, Web Developers and System Administrators because it offers added power and flexibility. Not sure which control panel (and hosting service) is right for you? We're here to help, and are more than willing to offer our expert advice. Just ask us. Learn more about cPanel here.