Creating and managing a website can be a complicated and time-consuming process. There are many facets to managing webpages which a new, or even intermediate, developer might not be aware of. One way to handle webpage management is using a control panel. A control panel will assist in making complex or tedious tasks – like adding a new domain to your server – simple and relatively straightforward.
Do you absolutely have to have a control panel? No, you do not. In fact, many successful webpages are run with no control panel at all. However, if you are not familiar with all the ins and outs of managing a server, or don’t want to be bothered with the common tasks involved, you will probably want to have a control panel installed.
Servers run off of complex pieces of software that can be setup to do hundreds of different things, sometimes simultaneously. Control panels automate the management of these processes, and simplify common activities like setting up email addresses. These things can certainly be done without a control panel, but control panels make the set-up process much easier. Additionally, if you don’t go into the system files frequently to make changes, then having a control panel manage these files is probably going to be more convenient for you.
So why would someone not want to use a control panel, then? Not using a control panel gives users the ability to customize a server more easily than with a control panel, which are often developed to do tasks a very specific way. Control panels are designed to operate a server in specific, pre-set ways, and will overwrite changes you make that conflict with their setups. For most people this will not be an issue, since the services provided by the control panel’s default settings will meet their needs. If you don’t know if you require a customized setup then chances are very good that you do not and a control panel will work well for you.
If you have any questions about control panels we would be happy to discuss the options available to you and assist you in making a decision.
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